(born June 12, 1975 in Bothell, Washington) is a professional wrestler and the editor of Figure Four Weekly, a newsletter that has covered professional wrestling since 1995. Alvarez credits his pro wrestling training to Buddy Wayne, and is credited with training Ring of Honor (ROH) star Jack Evans.
In June 2005, Alvarez launched Figure Four Weekly Online Podereseu Empire~!, a subscription website run primarily by himself, his brother-in-law Tony Leder, and fellow former professional wrestler, Vince Verhei. Two or three times a week, Alvarez and Verhei produce their own Internet talk show, The Bryan and Vinny Show, where the pair review professional wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA) programming, in an observational comedic style similar to that found in the newsletter. The Monday night edition of The Bryan and Vinny Show is free for anyone to download, while other editions done during the week are available only to subscribers of the web site.
Alvarez also hosts Figure Four Daily, a talk show where he interviews guests related to professional wrestling or MMA. Figure Four Daily airs new episodes every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Occasionally, if there is breaking news, a new Figure Four Daily episode may air on Monday or Tuesday. Selected episodes are free, while the others are available only to subscribers.
Other features found on Figure Four Online include access to a growing archive of past Figure Four Weekly newsletters, and an active discussion forum.
Alvarez's book Death of WCW, which he co-wrote with RD Reynolds, was released in 2005.
Alvarez serves as the co-host of the Wrestling Observer Live radio program with Dave Meltzer, which airs on the Sports Byline Radio Nework and Sirius Satellite Radio on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Alvarez is currently a columnist for British wrestling and MMA magazine Fighting Spirit, as well as an online correspondent for The Fight Network.
* 1 Return to the Ring
* 2 Feud With "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney
* 3 External links
* 4 Notes
Return to the Ring
A fundraiser was recently held in which Bryan stated that if it reached $400, he would do one more match with friend and former professional wrestler Vince Verhei. He also stated that anyone who donated at least $25 would get a special DVD. The amount was surpassed and in fact went over $3000, with donation amounts ranging from one cent to $250, and the scheduled match was posted on Youtube on September 17, 2006.
Several promotional videos were released on Youtube to promote the match:
* Buddy Wayne trains Bryan and Vinny released on August 18, 2006.
* All Access: Bryan Alvarez, a look into Bryan's training regimen, released on August 24, 2006.
* All Access: Vince Verhei, a companion piece on Vince, released on August 28, 2006.
* Buddy Wayne trains Bryan and Vinny II released on September 1, 2006.
* Bryan vs. Vinny: Contract Signing released on September 8, 2006.
* Bryan vs. Vinny: Weigh-In released on September 15, 2006.
The matches on the card are:
* Undercard match: Aaron the ring crew guy vs. The Apostle Paul
* Main event match: The Battel of the Empire~!
These videos, along with outtakes and commentary, are available on DVD. The DVD was released on December 8, 2006 .
Feud With "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney
On March 17, 2007, Alvarez battled Larry Sweeney to a No-Contest for Sweeney's ICW-ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship, as both men's shoulders were pinned and the ref could not conclusively determine a winner. Alvarez agreed to a challenge made on his internet radio show once Sweeney agreed to pay $7,500 to Alvarez. The title match was part of the inaugural Fight Sports Midwest card in Portage, Indiana. Sweeney and Alvarez's promos are available on YouTube.
Alvarez recently announced that a rematch with Larry Sweeney, set to take place on June 13, 2007 in Portage, Indiana, has been cancelled. Alvarez has stated that the rematch some time during the summer of 2007. Alvarez has further claimed that after beating Sweeney for his Tex-Arkana Television Championship, he will rename it as the Frank A. Gotch Memorial Collar & Elbow Pacific Coast Championship.
* Figure Four Weekly Online
* Figure Four Weekly Wiki
* Sports Byline USA
* Official Figure 4 Weekly My Space