- The Black Country
- 5′ 10″
- 315 lbs
- Signature Moves
- Discus Lariat
The Preston crowd's “favourite bastard” has to be seen in action to believed.
The super-heavyweight with the agility and speed of a cruiserweight hasn't been called one of the best wrestlers in the whole of Europe as a marketing tool. It's the truth.
Mastiff made an immediate impact at PCW's inception as part of the tournament to crown the first PCW Heavyweight Champion. Though he was defeated by eventual tournament winner T-Bone, he left his mark that night with his performance.
It would be December before PCW would see “The Human Hate Machine” again. At Festive Fury a reinvigorated Mastiff massacred Dean Allmark en-route to victory.
The early part of 2012 wouldn't be kind to Mastiff but his luck would change in August at the first anniversary show. “The Bastard” would emerge victorious over El Ligero on that night, turning things around for himself in the coming months. He would pick up victories over Joe Coffey in November and former WWE Superstar and World Tag Team Champion, U-Gene, in December.
Mastiff's run of success would continue into the New Year as he defeated Noam Dar at January's More Bang For Your Buck.
“Big, Bad” Dave would clash with Mad Man Manson in the Road to Glory tournament in February. No decisive winner would be declared as the war between the two raged out of control, leading to referee Des Robinson taking a spill and the match being ruled a no contest. Due to this, a rematch was set for Spring Slam in April. In a match dubbed a “Million Dollar Dream match” due to the presence of WWE Hall of Famer, “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase in Mad Man Manson's corner, Mastiff would be disqualified thanks to the interference of his manager, Gilligan Gordon, giving Manson the win.
Despite Mastiff's questionable tactics in the past, his following in PCW grew and the fans began to cheer. After being injured by Rampage Brown during a Fatal 4 Way which also featured Chris Masters and Johnny Moss, Big Dave roared into the 2nd anniversary show with revenge on his mind, plus a chance to capture the PCW Tag Team Championship. Partnering with Cyanide, Dave looked to add the tag belts to his massive frame. The team would be unsuccessful but Dave gained some revenge by cracking open T-Bone's head with his signature Cannonball finisher.
In the autumn months, Mastiff would face a slew of international talent. At October's Final Fight, the burly Black Country native would square off against current TNA World Tag Team Champion Davey Richards and successfully defeat him. In November, Dave would knock off ROH wrestler, Kevin Steen, in a superb clash of heavyweights and then in December, defeat WWE legend and former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, Vader by disqualification.
In the early part of 2014, Dave would smash through his competition in the Road 2 Glory tournament. In the first round he would see off CZW regular Jonathan Gresham. After advancing to the quarter-finals, Mastiff would defeat a man who had been a thorn in his side since the previous December, Dave Rayne and then proceed to the semi-finals to defeat former PCW Heavyweight Champion, Kris Travis.
Despite a loss in the finals to Chris Masters, Dave's momentum in 2014 continues. Turning back challenges from Charlie Garratt, Bubblegum and Zack Gibson over the last few months, “The Bastard” looks towards an opportunity at the PCW Heavyweight Championship.
Mastiff thought his time had finally arrived to become the PCW Heavyweight Champion when in August at I Want to Break Three, he captured the Money in the Bank contract. His plans to cash in on the new champion, Chris Masters, were thwarted however after Joey Hayes attacked Masters and caused Mastiff to be disqualified. Mastiff would defeat Hayes in a number one contender's match the following month to get his crack at Masters at Fright Night III on Halloween.
Dave would come so close to capturing the gold at Fright Night and undoubtedly would have done so if not for the nefarious tactics of his opponent Chris Masters, whose sudden change of attitude led to him doing anything he could to retain the title.
Mastiff bounced back on show 1 of PCW & ROH Supershow of Honor by defeating ROH's Adam Cole in a blistering contest dubbed “Match of the night” and even “Match of the weekend” by PCW fans.
Dave Mastiff entered the Battle Royal at Shooting Star in January 2015. The PCW Arena roof almost came off when he made his way to the ring and the fans were not left disappointed. It looked like Mastiff had won the match when he eliminated Viper but Dave Rayne re-emerged from under the ring and tried to clothesline Big Dave out while his back was turned. Not even flinching and only becoming infuriated, Mastiff easily eliminated a flustered Rayne to win the Battle Royal.