Alex Coughlin: A Brief Biography
Alex Coughlin, an American professional wrestler, was born on December 3, 1993. He is currently a member of the Bullet Club and is signed to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Coughlin primarily competes in the NJPW Strong American program.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 329 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2022
Height of Alex Coughlin, Weight, and Body Stats
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
|205 lb (93 kg)
All-time Career of Alex Coughlin
Early career (2015–2018)
Coughlin made his professional debut in 2018, participating in the New York Wrestling Connection under the ring name “Leo Blackstone” and working in the American independent circuit. Before passing a tryout to join the NJPW L.A. dojo, he was trained by Bull James and the NYWC Training Academy while working for the promotion until August.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (2018–Present)
LA Dojo (2018–2021)
Coughlin began his work as a “young lion” in August 2018 and was one of the NJPW L.A. dojo’s first trainees. He was instructed by Katsuyori Shibata. A time-limit draw resulted in Coughlin’s debut match on November 10 at Lion’s Break Project 1 against fellow NJPW L.A. dojo young lion Karl Fredericks. As is typical for most young lions, Coughlin lost the majority of his matches to more seasoned opponents in order to help other wrestlers while also gaining some in-ring, televised experience. Coughlin made his debut in the American promotion Ring of Honor (ROH) on January 24, 2019, by competing in the 2019 Tag Wars tournament and teaming with Karl Fredericks in a losing effort against Lifeblood (David Finlay and Juice Robinson) in the first round. This was made possible by the international partnerships between NJPW and ROH. For the remainder of the month, Coughlin and Fredericks were kept at ROH. During the 2019 G1 Climax and Super J-Cup tours, Coughlin and the young lions from the L.A. dojo developed a rivalry with the young lions from the Japan dojo that they engaged in July.
Coughlin competed in the 2019 Young Lion Cup in September; he finished the competition with a record of four victories and three defeats, failing to claim the title. Coughlin would participate in a 10-match trial series at the end of 2021 in order to advance from his status as a young lion. After defeating JR Kratos in the final match of his trial series on December 9, Coughlin announced that he had graduated from the status of a young lion, with Kratos requesting a future rematch. Prior to that match, Coughlin had lost nearly all ten of his matches.
Coughlin and Gabriel Kidd competed in the 2022 World Tag League from November 22 through December 14; they finished the competition with a record of one victory and eight defeats, failing to advance to the tournament’s finals. When Coughlin returned to ROH in April 2023, he defeated The Workhorsemen (Anthony Henry and J.D. Drake) by working with his LA Dojo trainer Katsuyori Shibata. After the contest, Coughlin gestured toward Shibata’s ROH Pure Championship while hinting at a potential title match between the two. Shibata defeated Coughlin in the match, which was held on June 1.
Bullet Club (2023–Present)
After Hirooki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi won the IWGP Tag Team and Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships on June 4 at Dominion 6.4 in Osaka-jo Hall, Coughlin, and Kidd, dubbed as the “Bullet Club War Dogs,” made their return to NJPW. They attacked Goto and Yoshi-Hashi before challenging them to a title match, returning as heels in the process.