Who is Brad Maddox?

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November 01, 2012

Brad Maddox

Long before Maddox got the call by Raw General Manager AJ Lee — to work as a WWE referee when Raw went to three hours in July — DeMott says he tried his hand at everything in FCW: announcing, commentating and even hosting a YouTube show called “The Brad Maddox Reality Television Show.” Maddox also recently enjoyed fleeting success as a wrestler when he won the now-retired FCW Jack Brisco 15 Championship in June.  

“Trainers always got the sense that Brad thought he was better than he was,” DeMott said. “He’d talk about becoming the next Rock, the next ‘Stone Cold,’ but Brad never understood that talent gets you through the door. Letting people help you gets you to that next level.”

Growing up in Charlotte, N.C., Maddox developed a passion for WWE at a very young age, dressing his bedroom walls with Superstar posters and building intricate, mini action-figure shrines to the larger-than-life personas that kept him glued to the television set each week, says his childhood best friend Joseph Taylor.

“When we were 7 or 8, a group of us wanted to be the [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles for Halloween, but Brad insisted on dressing as Ultimate Warrior,” Taylor said. “We were like, the Ultimate who?”

Taylor recalls Brad as studious in school, but easily distracted. “He was obsessed with WWE, and he’d always get in trouble for talking back to teachers as The Rock.”

This lifelong fascination would lead Maddox to the principal’s office and, many years later, into WWE. Even though Maddox finally scored his chance to walk down the entrance ramp in front of thousands of screaming fans at Hell in a Cell, his fellow referees say they get the sense Maddox was not satisfied with his role as a WWE official.

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