Mark Andrews is a Welsh professional wrestler, entrepreneur, and musician who is signed to WWE where he performs for the NXT UK and 205 Live brand. He is also known for his work on the Independent Circuit and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (under the name of Mandrews). Mark Andrews is also the bassist and co-lead vocalist of the band Junior.
Mark Andrews started training at the age of 13, upon discovery of the NWA Wales training school in Newport. He initially started training under Edd Ferris and would travel to Kent three times a year to attend NWA UK Hammerlock's training camps, where he learned off the likes of John Ryan, Paul Tracey and Andre Baker. In Kent, Andrews eventually met Zack Sabre Jr., who later became his mentor.
Andrews eventually made his in-ring professional wrestling debut for NWA Wales, appearing in a battle royal in 2006. He began competing under a mask, using the name "The Lightning Kid". In 2007, Andrews made his first appearance outside Wales at the Holbrooks Festival in Coventry, where he made long-time friend Pete Dunne.
Within the following years, Andrews wrestled for popular European promotions such as IPW: UK, Insane Championship Wrestling, and Premier British Wrestling. Andrews' involvement with Attack! Pro Wrestling continued with heavy involvement in terms of creative direction of the organisation.
After signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Andrews shifted to stateside and on 24 January, 2015, Attack! Pro Wrestling hosted a farewell show named "Mandrews Goes To America". The show was headlined by Andrews and his long-time friend Pete Dunne, who was defeated but closed out the show by viciously attacking Andrews.
Mark Andrews made his debut for Chikara in 2011 when he was granted a place in the Young Lions Cup IX, Andrews' first round match was a four-way eliminator, taking on Tadasuke, Nick Jackson and Sean South. Tadasuke won the match, last eliminating Andrews on the route to victory.
In 2015, Andrews was part of Chikara's first ever tour of the UK, gaining a victory over Silver Ant in Cardiff, Wales. During the same weekend, Andrews also competed for Chikara's annual Rey de Voladores title, winning the tournament by defeating Shynron in the finals.
In 2012, Mark Andrews made his debut for PROGRESS Wrestling at Chapter 2. In 2013, Andrews won the Natural Progression Series, defeating Jonathan Windsor in the second round and then defeated Paul Robinson in the final in order to win the trophy and a guaranteed title shot. Andrews cashed in his shot the very same evening, defeating Rampage Brown to win the title. However, his reign was short lived, as Jimmy Havoc cashed in his another guaranteed title shot that same evening, stealing the title after a series of chair shots.
At PROGRESS Chapter 55 at the Alexandra Palace, Andrews won an 8-Man Scramble Match, in order to become the number one contender for the Progress World Championship before being attacked by long-time tag team partner Eddie Dennis. At Chapter 57, Andrews unsuccessfully challenged Travis Banks for the Progress World Title and at Chapter 62, Andrews teamed with Danny Jones losing to Jimmy Havoc and Mark Haskins.
At Chapter 64, Andrews participated in the 2018 Thunderbastard match, the match was won by Webster while Andrews was eliminated by Tyler Bate. Andrews then shifted his focus toward the 2018 Super Strong Style 16 but was eliminated by Angelico in the first round. At Progress Hello Wembley, Andrews wrestled against his former tag team partner Eddie Dennis in a Tables, ladders and chairs match, with Andrews being defeated.
Total Nonstop Wrestling
On January 23, 2015, Andrews made his Impact Wrestling television debut episode during a brawl that involved Ethan Carter III and Jeremy Borash, where he jumped from the crowd to help Jeremy and Rockstar Spud against the duo of Ethan and his bodyguard Tyrus.
Andrews made his in-ring debut a week later under his Mandrews nickname, teaming up with Spud to defeat The BroMans (Robbie E & Jessie Godderz). Mandrews continued to aid Rockstar Spud and Jeremy Borash in their feud with Ethan Carter III and Tyrus, which included Spud and Mandrews losing a Six Sides of Steel Two on One Handicap match to Tyrus at Lockdown 2015.
After several unsuccessful attempts at the X-Division Championship, it was reported that Mandrews' contract had expired at the end of 2016 and that he had left the TNA.
On 5 January 2017, Mark Andrews competed at the WWE UK Championship Tournament. In the first round, Andrews defeated Dan Moloney and advanced to the quarter finals. On the second night of the tournament, Andrews defeated Joseph Connors, advancing to the semi-finals where he was defeated by his arch-rival Pete Dunne.
On the 22nd February, Andrews made his NXT debut and lost to Dunne. On 7 November 2017, Andrews teamed with Cedric Alexander, defeating Joseph Conners and James Drake on 205 Live. On the 6 February 2018 edition of 205 Live, Andrews announced his participation in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship tourmanet, where he defeated Akira Tozawa in the first round. However, Andrews lost to Drew Gulak in the second round on and was eliminated him from the tournament. On the 29 November episode of NXT, Andrews and Pete Dunne lost to Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate).
On 17 October, on the first episode of NXT UK, Andrews was defeated by Joe Coffey and was attacked after the match by both Joe and Mark Coffey until Flash Morgan Webster made the save. On 29 October 2018, Andrews defeated Wolfgang, after the match Andrews was again attacked by the Coffey Brothers with Webster making the save, however Wolfgang turn on them and joined the Coffeys in the attack.
Notable Championships and Accomplishments:
- Attack! 24/7 Championship (5 times)
- Attack Tag Team Championship (1-time with Nixon Newell)
- Progress World Championship (1-time)
- Progress Tag Team Championship (1-time with Eddie Dennis)
- TNA British Boot Camp 2
Band Name: Junior
Albums: Beautiful Life (2019)