March 21, 1990 (33)
Grayson Waller, the ring name of Matthew Farrelly, is an Australian professional wrestler currently signed with WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand. Known for his charismatic persona and athletic prowess, Waller has made a significant impact in WWE, particularly noted for his tag team with Austin Theory as A-Town Down Under. Before his WWE career, he was active on the independent circuit as Matty Wahlberg and gained recognition as a contestant on Australian Survivor.
Farrelly’s wrestling journey began on the independent circuit in 2017, debuting as Matty Wahlberg. He quickly made a name for himself, forming a tag team known as The BABES and later transitioning to singles competition. His notable matches include contending for the PWA Heavyweight Championship and winning the 2019 Colosseum tournament. Farrelly’s independent circuit tenure was marked by dynamic performances and a growing fanbase.
In WWE, Farrelly’s debut as Grayson Waller on 205 Live in 2021 marked the beginning of a notable NXT career. He quickly established himself as a formidable competitor, participating in high-profile matches and feuds. His heel turn and subsequent rivalries with wrestlers like AJ Styles and LA Knight showcased his versatility as a performer. Waller’s NXT tenure culminated in significant matches, including a Steel Cage match for the NXT Championship.
Transitioning to SmackDown in 2023, Waller’s presence was immediately felt with impactful segments on The Grayson Waller Effect, interviewing and confronting WWE legends. His main roster in-ring debut was marked by notable matches against established stars. Waller’s career in WWE is characterized by his rapid rise and ability to engage audiences, both as part of A-Town Down Under and in his solo endeavors.
Outside of wrestling, Farrelly’s stint on Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders 2 in 2019 showcased his personality beyond the ring. His cameo as Ric Flair in Young Rock and his inclusion in WWE 2K23 as a playable character further highlight his growing presence in popular media.