Ever since he was a small child, pro wrestling has been a huge part of Brandon Scott’s life.
Scott would gather around the television with his father, Wayne, and watch World Championship Wrestling (WCW) shows like WCW Saturday Night and WCW Monday Nitro, hanging on every word and maneuver delivered by superstars such as Ric Flair, Sting and the New World Order (nWo).
That being the case, it came as a shock to no one who knew him that Scott wanted to be a professional wrestler when he grew up. But that didn’t mean there weren’t doubters.
“Almost everyone told me, ‘You’re too small, you’ll never make it,’” Scott said. “Well, I made it.”
Scott did, in fact, make it. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Harrisonburg native, whose real name is Brandon Mowbray, began training at the age of 17 and made his professional debut in September 2006—the same month he turned 18.
Now, 13 years after his first taste of in-ring action, Scott boasts an impressive resume that many aspring grapplers would be envious of. He’s wrestled in several different companies, including WWE.
“I knew from the time I was four or five years old that this is what I wanted to do,” Scott said. “My dad took me to a WCW show at Harrisonburg High School in 1993, and I was hooked. I knew that I could do what those guys were doing in the ring, regardless of how big or small I ended up being.”
After beginning his career in House of Pain Wrestling (HoPWF) and the National Wrestling League (NWL), Scott later worked for World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW), Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW), Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling (PPW) and MCW Pro Wrestling, winning more than 10 different championships and various tournaments along the way.
In May 2016, Scott had the opportunity to wrestle for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), a promotion founded by WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. Later that year, WWE came calling.
Scott first appeared on WWE programming on the Sept. 12, 2016 episode of WWE Monday Night RAW, facing WWE superstar Bo Dallas. He wrestled Curt Hawkins on the Sept. 13 episode of WWE Main Event, and appearedagain in a match with Ali on the Mar. 28, 2017 edition of WWE 205 Live.
After a two-year absence from WWE programming, Scott returned earlier this year on the Apr. 1, 2019 episode of Monday Night RAW, where he teamed up with fellow independent wrestler Elijah King in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Braun Strowman from Washington, D.C.’s Capital One Arena.
“All of those experiences were great,” Scott said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do in my life is be a professional wrestler, so to wrestle on a WWE show was like a dream come true.”
Last Saturday night, Scott returned to MCW when the company ran its first-ever show in Culpeper County at Eastern View High School.
“It’s always nice to wrestle close to home,” Scott said. “Plus, my dad still comes to all the events, wherever they may be, to support me. He had never missed a show until he got sick last year.”
Now feeling better, Wayne Mowbray may soon see a day where he has to travel much farther than Culpeper County to watch his son perform. With more wrestling available via T.V. and streaming services than ever before, it seems like it’s just a matter of time until Brandon becomes a familiar face to larger audiences.
“I never thought I’d see a day with all these options,” Scott said of the current wrestling landscape. “By the time I started in this business, WCW had closed and WWE was the only major option as far as being seen by a large audience in the U.S. Now you have AEW (All Elite Wrestling), Impact, Ring of Honor (ROH) and NWA (National Wrestling Alliance), just to name a few promotions that are easily accessible to fans on T.V. and online. It’s an amazing time to be involved with professional wrestling, whether you’re a wrestler or a fan.”
Pro wrestling has changed in more than just one way, however. As the industry’s reach has expanded with all of the options fans have to consume content, so have the opportunities for wrestlers of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds.
“For me personally, I can remember a time when you had to be at least 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds in order to get noticed, both by companies and fans,” Scott pointed out. “Now, it doesn’t matter how big you are or what you look like; as long as you can perform inside the ring, people are going to notice you. It’s amazing and great all at once.”