Matthew Marinelli (March 20, 1985) is an American professional wrestler better known under the ring-name of Matt Taven. He currently works for Ring of Honor where he is the leader of The Kingdom.

Taven primarily competes across the Northeastern United States independent circuit. Matt began working semi-regularly for Ring of Honor in 2012. Taven was the winner of ROH's 2013 Top Prospects Tournament and is the reigning World Television Champion. Taven has also worked for the National Wrestling Alliance, Dragon Gate USA, Chaotic Wrestling, New England Championship Wrestling, Top Rope Promotions, Northeast Wrestling, World Wrestling Alliance, Squared Circle Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Experience, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and Family Wrestling Entertainment.

Professional Wrestling Career

Ring of Honor (2010-Present)

Matt competed in a few tag team matches over the course of 2010 and 2011, all losing efforts. Matt would receive a Ring of Honor tryout at a TV taping in January 2012. Since that time, he has competed semi-regularly for the promotion. At ROH Boiling Point on August 11, 2012, Taven was unsuccessful in a four-way match, with the winner receiving an ROH contract. In the 2013 Top Prospects Tournament, Taven would go on to win. With assistance from heel manager Truth Martini, Taven beat Tadarius Thomas in the finals. With that win, Taven was awarded an ROH World Television Championship match against Adam Cole at ROH's 11th Anniversary Show. Taven went on to defeat Adam Cole to win the ROH World Television Championship at the 11th Anniversary Show, establishing himself as a heel after Truth Martini hit Cole in the back of the head with the Book of Truth, allowing Taven to apply an Arm Trap Headlock Driver and pick up the win. On June 22, at Best in the World 2013, Taven successfully defended the ROH World Television Championship against Jimmy Jacobs and Jay Lethal in a three-way match.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) (2016-Present)

After ROH began a working relationship with CMLL, Matt Taven traveled to CMLL to compete for three weeks in September 2016. Returned to CMLL for two weeks in late March 2017. He challenged Último Guerrero for the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship on March 17. His first big rival was Rush whom he battled in a series of trios matches as well as two singles matches. They are tied with a single victory each. He next faced off with Ultimo Guerrero again beginning at the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship tournament where Taven's Kingdom defeated Guerrero's team. Guerrero then teamed up with El Terrible to beat Taven and Vinny Marseglia at The ROH Best in the World 2017 PPV. In their next one on one meeting, Taven beat Guerrero on June 24, 2017 in Lowell, Massachusetts USA. They will meet again in the 2017 Gran Prix held by CMLL.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Tag Teams and Stables
  • Nicknames
    • "The Chaotic Idol"
  • Entrance Themes
    • "Pretty Handsome Awkward" by The Used (Independent Circuit)
    • "So Unkind" by Voodoo Vegas (1st ROH Theme)
    • "The Hoopla" by The Jack of all Tracks (2013–2015)

Championships and Accomplishments

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