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Donny Tate is an American Professional wrestler.


Andrew Donovan Tate aka Donny Tate aka Andrew Donovan aka The Landshark is an American Professional Wrestler, MMA Fighter, Coach, Grappler, Actor and Jujitzu Player. He is originally from New Lancaster Valley, PA but resides in New York City. He was originally trained by TJ Phillips at the Templar Academy and is one of only 3 Templar Catch Wrestling black belts (along with TJ Phillips and Jason Kincaid). He started his career competing heavily around the Mason-Dixon Territory and has gone on to become a World Jujitzu champion. He is the founder and head coach of the UFC Astoria Landsharks MMA & Grappling Team in Queens, NY.

Before entering the sport, Donny was an amateur wrestler. He was undefeated his junior year of high school as a member of the Indian Valley Warriors wrestling team which was the co-Champion of the Mountain Athletic Conference that year (2004-2005). After high school Donny extensively studied Karate at various dojos and Muay Thai at Pittsburgh Sitkongmongkorn Muay Thai. He had his first match in the Fall of 2007 in Monesson, PA.

Upon entering the ring, he soon found gold, winning the RWA Cruiserweight championship at his second-ever show in January 2008. Donny spent much of his early career as a charismatic, high-flying surfer who would take any risk necessary to please the crowd and defeat his opponent. Later that year he would win a 1-night, 4-man tournament to become #1 Contender for the XWE Championship which included Eric Steel, The Bulldozer and JV Insanity. Donny also challenged unsuccessfully for the UWA Heavyweight Championship against Shawn Blanchard. During this time Donny would compete for various promotions around the Mason-Dixon Territory, such as Universal Wrestling Alliance, Mason-Dixon Wrestling, the West Virginia Wrestling Alliance, United Wrestling Association, XMCW, the National Wrestling League, Ballistic Championship Wrestling, Renegade Wrestling Alliance, Big Time Wrestling and many others

Under the tutelage of Phillips, Donny grew into a smash-mouth technician and permanently shed he surfer mantle in January 2010. When Donny's tag-team partner in Fair Warning, Jonesy Bishop, failed to defend his WVWA West Virginia State Championship, The Landshark was awarded the belt, but would lose it later that night in a Panes of Glass Deathmatch against his mentor TJ Phillips. Though he would ultimately lose the brutal affair after a psycho-superplex through steel chairs, a pane of glass, barbed wire, thumb tacks and a bundle of light tubes; Donny earned the respect of the crowd and would never wrestle as the surfer again

In the coming months and years Donny would switch from wearing board shorts, to trunks and began to combine his growing technical expertise and Cruiserweight athletics to defeat opponents with a Super Junior style. As a member of the founding roster of EWA, he would win the majority of his matches by a variation of the cradle (small package, school boy, diving sunset flip, bridging O'Connor roll, etc.) or one of his seemingly endless aresenal of arm locks (cross arm bar, double wrist lock, omoplata, arm triangle, etc.). Donny would cradle his way to multiple wins in memorable EWA feuds with the Masked Militia, Sheik Al-Amad, the Beverly Hills Style Club, Scotty McKeever and Eric Steel. Donny defeated Sheik Al-Amad in a Hair-vs-Hair match but would endure 2nd degree burns when the Sheik hit him with a fireball some weeks later. Donny would also drop consecutive matches against "Mr. Sex Appeal" Eric "The Lariat" Steel, before defeating the super heavyweight via superplex in the deciding fall of a No DQ, 2 out of 3 Falls match in summer of 2010. Eventually Donny would take the fall in a Loser-Leaves-Town tag match partnered with Terry Ring against Johnny Blast and Smokey C and was forced to leave EWA.

Donny would use his classical acting training to become a heel in several promotions around the Mason-Dixon Territory as the Shakespearian villain "Damn Straight" Don Tate and "The Champion of Virtue" Donovan Tate. Prior to his matches his trademark entrance saw him emerge from backstage, then return there and chastise the crowd in Elizabethan English from behind the curtain. During his run as "Damn Straight/The Champion of Virtue" Donny competed in a classic rivalry with Smokey C for the 304 Wrestling Lightweight Championship, partook in a hard-hitting feud in Mon Valley Pro Wrestling with Pittsburgh wrestling mainstay J-Ru and established himself as a multi-dimensional performer. During this time Donny also went undefeated on Smart Mark Video, defeating Phil Macchio by pin fall at BCW Brink of Death 2011 and TJ Phillips by Disqualification at Ohio Hatchet Wrestling

When Don West bought the EWA and founded the American Professional Wrestling Alliance (APWA), Donny donned a lucha libre mask and entered the APWA Best Man Battle Royal as "El Demonio Espantoso". Donny survived the 26-man field and eliminated Johnny Blast for his first Battle Royal victory. Amos Burke would then make "Landshark" Donny Tate the first wrestler signed by the new APWA. In APWA, Donny engaged in a lengthy and heated rivalry with then-American Internet Champion Zac Vincent. The two would trade wins and losses across the territory in brutal, technical and visually stunning matches. One match saw the two of them square off in a 4-man Scaffold Match that included the feuding Day Brothers at the JC Bailey Memorial Show in Rutland, OH, which ended with Zac eventually choking Donny out in The Dreamcatcher to become #1 Contender for the OHW Heavyweight Title.

Donny's last match to date in APWA was a 4-way, 1st man to 2 Falls Match Deathmatch for the APWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship and the APWA Hardcore Cup versus TJ Phillips, Viper and Zac Vincent. Donny won the first fall by countering TJ's shining wizard into a jackknife power bomb and diving into a bridging cradle. Each man would eventually gain a fall and the match evolved into a sudden death scenario. Late in the match a log cabin of light tubes was brought into the ring and Donny attempted to win the match by superplexing TJ through the log cabin of light tubes. When Donny attempted to roll up into a pin, TJ caught him in a small package cradle for the victory and both championships. After the match Donny and TJ hugged and shared congratulations, when Donny left the ring, Zac Vincent attacked TJ. Donny tried to save TJ but Zac knocked him down with a crescent kick and while Donny was on his knees, Zac grabbed Donny's chin and thrust kick the back of his head forward while simultaneously twisting the chin back, breaking Donny's neck. Donny was stretched out of the arena and has yet to return to APWA.

In early 2012, Donny moved to South Korea to improve his martial arts skills. He vastly improved his striking by adding Taekwondo and Wing Chun Kung Fu techniques to his repertoire. There he also earned his Templar Catch Wrestling black belt. He also earned a judo black belt under the tutelage of Master Ahn at Juplish and South African National team veteran Natasha "The Beast" Glassford. He would go on to win the KJA Jellabuk-do Province Heavyweight Judo Championship via arm bar in the finals. Then, Donny would take Bronze in the Jeongup Heavyweight Judo championship tournament. Later, he would score his first MMA win by besting then-undefeated Yoon Joon Jeon via Unanimous Decision at South Korea's premier MMA promotion, Road FC

Upon returning to the U.S., Donny moved to New York and took an MMA/Grappling coaching job at the Astoria, Queens branch of UFC Gym; where he promptly created his namesake team. Since 2012 the Landsharks have produced 10 champions and over 2 dozen top contenders in Grappling, BJJ, Judo and MMA. He would take Silver in the NAGA East Coast Grappling Championship in the Expert Cruiserweight division when his opponent broke his ribs. Seven weeks later, despite his injury, Donny won Gold in the Openweight Judo Ippon Challenge at the Grapplers Quest US National Championships. Donny's National title win was his first elite level championship, made more significant for him by the fact that it happened on July 20 which was his late uncle, PIAA State Wrestling Champion and Hall of Famer, Rodney Tate's birthday. Later that year, he would bring home gold from the Cruiserweight-Purple Belt division at the Grapplers Quest World Championships. In 2014 Donny took Bonze in both NAGA World Grappling Championships (Lightheavyweight-BJJ Black Belt) and the Snake Pit USA World Middleweight Catch Wrestling Championship, before grabbing a pair of Silver medals at the NAGA North American Championship in the Lightheavyweight BJJ Black Belt and Expert Middleweight Grappling divisions respectively along with a Gold medal in the Middleweight-BJJ Black Belt division. In November 2014, Victory VII help the first ever MMA event at Madison Square Garden (sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association) and Donny was there cornering Bernardo "Watch Yo' Self" Cano. At the 2015 Grapplers Quest US National Championship, Donny took Silver in the Absolute Openweight BJJ Division, defeated the entire black belt field and was awarded the U.S. National BJJ Middleweight-Black Belt Championship.

Since New York, Donny has returned to the wrestling ring as "Judo" Andrew Donovan (a submission fighting expert who wrestles in a Gi) and engaged in lively feud with his former student and undefeated kickboxer and MMA prospect Patrick "The Pitbull" Narain over the UFCW Championship.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Judo Driver (innovated: Double leg pick up, turn into Michonku driver II)
  • MDK- Murder Death Kick (roundhouse kick to kneeling opponent)
  • Pile Driver Variations
  • Emerald Fusion
  • Arm Lock Variations
  • Cradle Variations
  • Flying Clothesline
  • Missile Dropkick
  • Superplex
  • Northern Lights Suplex (Sometimes with wrist-clutch)
  • German Suplex
  • Teams and stables
  • Fair Warning (with Jonesy Bishop)
  • The Grizzly Express (with Stryder, RAGE, The Bullmastiff, manager Myron Stamper and Bullmastiff lady-trainers Cat & Cammy)
  • Entrance Music
  • "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard (as Surfer)
  • "Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World
  • "Knights Come Marching Home" by OC Remix (as The Champion of Virtue)
  • Nicknames
  • "The Landshark"
  • "The Human Luau"
  • "The Messiah of Malace"
  • "The Avatar of Evil"
  • "The Champion of Virtue"
  • "Judo"

Championships and accomplishments

  • RWA Cruiserweight Champion (one time)
  • XWE Contender Tournament Champion
  • WVWA West Virginia State Champion (one time)
  • APWA Best Man Battle Royal Winner
  • 2012 KJA Jellabuk-do Province Heavyweight Judo Champion
  • 2013 Grapplers Quest US National Judo Ippon Challenge Champion (Openweight)
  • 2013 Grapplers Quest World BJJ Champion (Cruiserweight- Purple belt)
  • 2014 NAGA World BJJ Bronze Medalist (Middleweight-Black belt)
  • 2014 Snake Pit USA World Catch Wrestling Bronze Medalist (Middleweight)
  • 2014 NAGA North America BJJ Silver Medalist (Lightheavyweight-Black Belt)
  • 2014 NAGA North America GrappKing Silver Medalist (Middleweight-Expert)
  • 2014 NAGA North America BJJ GOLD Medalist (Middleweight- Black belt)
  • 2015 Grapplers Quest US National Silver Medalist (Openweight-Absolute)
  • 2015 Grapplers Quest US National BJJ Champion (Middleweight-Black Belt)

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