George Murdoch, better known by his ring-name Brodus Clay or Tyrus, is a professional wrestler, actor, and political commentator. He is well known as a legendary wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment.
Let’s take a look at some quick facts about Clay before we dive into the details:
|Full Name||George Murdoch|
|Birth Date||February 21, 1973|
|Birth Place||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Nick Name||Brodus Clay, Tyrus|
|Ethnicity||Mixed (Caucasian Mother and African-American Father)|
|Education||Quartz Hill High School Antelope Valley College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney|
|Age||49 Years Old|
|Height||6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m)|
|Weight||170 kg (375 lbs)|
|Net Worth||$2 – $3 million|
|Currently Works As||Wrestler, Actor, TV Commentator|
|Affiliations||WWE, Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling|
|Last Update||December, 2022|
Brodus Clay – Early Childhood, Struggles, Education
Brodus Clay or Tyrus was born George Murdoch, on February 21, 1973, to his 15-year-old white mother and a 19-year-old black father. He was born into an unstable abusive household. Clay was once hit by his father that caused severe damage to his eye.
Brodus Clay attended the Quartz Hill High School in Los Angeles County, California. Murdoch then attended Antelope Valley College. Finally, he studied to become a teacher at the University of Nebraska at Kearny.
He played college football, but a ruptured appendix surgery left him limp and ended his career then and there.
Brodus Clay interestingly worked as a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg. However, many people think that he got it because of his impressively large physique.
Professional Wrestling Career
It wasn’t an early start for Brodus, as he started wrestling in 2006 when he was 33 years old. He signed his first contract with World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE).
Murdoch was assigned to a developmental territory of the WWE known as Deep South Wrestling(DSW). He fought his first debut fight in September 2006.
His first ring name was G-Rilla. His style was of a street thug. He beat his opponent, Big Bully Douglas, in his debut match.
After a few matches following his dramatic street style, G-Rilla became an enforcer(a larger person who usually comes second in a match) for a team called the Urban Attack. The club consisted of two other wrestlers, Eric Perez and Sonny Siaki.
Later, his bad blood with The Bag Lady cost them a match for the DSW Tag Team Championship against The Major Brothers.
The Urban Attack, however, won the championship ultimately. But, his feud continued, which caused the other members of Urban Attacks to kick him out of the group.
WWE Feuds and Fights
After being thrown out of the group insultingly, G-Rilla started attacking the Urban Assult during matches and eventually beat them officially in a match. For that, he partnered with Freakin Deacon, his former enemy.
The duo went on to many other trams like the Samoan Fight Club and Afa Jr., Shawn Osborne and Jon Bolen, Robert Anthony, and Johnny Curtis. However, the team dissolved after Freakin Deacon had a mental breakdown.
By 2007, G-Rilla was a well-known name in the wrestling world. Murdoch made his debut at the Florida Championship Wrestling’s inaugural show and defeated Shawn Osborne. He eventually won the Battle Royal.
Through his win, he became the number one contender for the FCW South Heavyweight Championship. However, he lost the championship to the defending champion Harry Smith after being disqualified.
G-Rilla continued to poke fights with Smith and Hart. The Smith and Hart duo formed a team with TJ Wilson and Ted DiBiase. G-Rila, too, teamed up with Osborne, Jake Hager, and Afa Jr. His contract with the WWE finished in 2008, and he was released.
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Return to the WWE
Brodus Clay signed with the WWE again in 2010. After that, he was sent to the FCW. Brodus used his previous name, G-Rilla, to partner with The Uso Brothers, Tamina, and Donny Marlow.
He officially changed his ring name to Brodus Clay, named after the real name of Snoop Dogg(Calvin Cordozar Broadus), in May 2010. Under this name, he allied with Donny Marlow, calling themselves The Colossal Connection.
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Their team, unsuccessfully, challenged another team called Los Aviadores for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. Clay appeared in the WWE house show to fight JTG, which he eventually lost.
NXT and Alberto Del Rio
Clay debuted in the NXT of the WWE in December 2010. It was the fourth installment of the NXT. After winning a four-way elimination in January, he got the right to pick his own pro.
He chose Alberto Del Rio and then attacked DiBiase. Del Rio didn’t want to work with him and temporarily passed his pro responsibilities to his manager. However, he did not return the rest of the season. The clay won’t the second place in the tournament losing to Curtis.
He also appeared in RAW as Del Rio’s bodyguard and played a few matched on his behalf. He accompanied Del Rio to face Christian and Edge.
Brodus also tagged along Del Rio to the WrestleManiaXXVII for his match with Edge. Their final appearance was in May when Clay interfered for Del Rio against Christian in a ladder match.
The Funkasaurus (2012 – 2013)
Clay returned to wrestling on Superstars’ episode, where he defeated Pat Silva and many other wrestlers throughout the few weeks.
Clay returned to television in January 2012 with a fun-loving, funk dancing personality, calling himself ” The Funkasaurus.” He incorporated dance movies into his various wins in Smackdown as well as Raw.
In January 2013, Clay competed in the Royal Rumble Match and was eliminated by five other wrestlers. He formed a friendship with Tensai, and the latter even formed a tag team to win against many famous teams like Primo & Epico.
Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal, Team Rhodes Scholars, etcetera. They later named their tag team “Tons of Funk.”
2013 and 2014 were not particularly good years for The Funkasurus. He was involved in a lot of controversies, uncalled fights. He threw fits because of jealousy and even attacked his own tag team partner, Tensai. This did not serve well with his other friends, either.
Total Nonstop Wrestling/Impact Wrestling
In 2014, Murdoch/Clay debuted in the Total Nonstop Wrestling(TNW) under Tyrus’s new ring name. Brodus aligned himself with Ethan Carter.
He won his first-ever match in the TNW with Shark Boy. Brodus had a general time with a decent number of wins and losses.
He also wrestled in independent circuit Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore in December. Clay trained with Robert Strauss but did not win against David Arquette and RJ City.
Brodus Clay | TV Commentry and Filmography
Murdoch has been a contributor to various programs on the FOX Channel. Brodus is a regular contributor in the Fox Host Dana Perino’s daytime show, The Daily Briefing. He usually gives his political opinions.
He was also a co-host of the show Un-PC on FOX news streaming channel, Fox Nation. Clay also premiered his own show, called Nuff, said.
He has also played in several movies like No One Lives as Ethan, Scooby-Doo!WrestleMania Mystery as Brodus Clay, Enuatti as Bateman, Supercon as a Security Guard.
Furthermore, the wrestler also appeared in numerous TV Shows like Total Divas, Trashville, The Greg Gutfeld Show, GLOW, Love, The Purge, The Five, etcetera.
Brodus Clay | Personal Life & Politics
Murdoch hasn’t had an easy early life or upbringing. When his parents separated, he lived with his mother’s family, but he never felt welcome because of his interracial status.
This made him very anxious and obsessed with being white. He wanted acceptance from his mother’s family.
Tyrus with his daughter enjoying a movie together. Morduch or Clay has also mentioned that he and his brother lived in one foster home after another because of their unstable homes.
They eventually lived with their mother again, but he moved out of his home at 15. Clay is a married man. He is married to Ingrid Rick, and they also have kids together.
And constantly talks about how his wife is the best thing that has ever happened to him, and it’s not sure how many kids they have, but according to his Instagram bio, he is a father.
Brodus is also a Trump Supporter and has spoken about this on the FOX channel numerous times.
Fans of Brodus have many pages dedicated to him, like the one above!
He has won awards and championships as a wrestler like:
- Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling – Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated – ranked No.70 out of the top 500 singles.
- Total Nonstop Wrestling – Bound for Gold
- WWE – Slammy Award for the best dancer.
Brodus Clay was accused of sexual harassment after allegedly sending her a series of lewd text messages by the co-host of the show Un-PC, Brittany McHenry. The FOX news claimed to have investigated and resolved, but McHenry filed a lawsuit against Tyrus and Fox News.
Brodus Clay | Net Worth and Salary
Brodus Clay is a rich wrestler with about $2 to $3 million as his net worth.
Although his salary is unknown, he has a huge income because of his wrestling career, acting gigs, Television Shows, and other business ventures he is a part of. However, it is rumored to be around $300,000.
Brodus Clay | Social Media Presence
Brodus Clay | FAQs
Who was Brodus Clay’s last match against?
The wrestler’s last match was against Alberto Del Rio.
How did the Iron Shiek quote Brodus Clay?
The Iron Shiek quotes, “The Brodus Clay have gimmick good for the kids and make the people happy.“