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Ben “The Boss” Bateman (born June 6, 1988) is the co-host of the Action Guys on the Collider Podcast Network and a competitor on the Movie Trivia Schmoedown. He is the winner of 2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown tournament, the winner of the 2019 Ultimate Schmoedown tournament, and is the former singles champion.

History[]

On March 14, 2017, two teams debuted in the Schmoedown. Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai made up Team Action while Emma Fyffe and Joelle Monique formed the Night Sisters. “We’re here to put the f*cking league on notice,” Ben boasted. As promised, Team Action managed to walk away with a TKO. Their next match was with Nerd’s Watch, but they were more concerned with their next entrance.

Team Action surprised everyone when they came out with their mothers and appeared to be respectful young men throughout the match. Rachel Cushing and Ken Napzok took an early lead scoring eleven points in round one and eight points in round two. Team Action stole two points away from Nerd’s Watch but needed a great category to bring them back into the game. They landed on Action and Adventure and added nine points to their score.

With a great second round under their belts, Team Action was still behind with the scores being nineteen to seventeen. Ben Bateman successfully answered his two-point question to send the game back to Nerd’s Watch. Ken sent it back to Team Action, and Andrew Ghai failed to answer the three-point question. Both Ben and Andrew managed to score their five-point question while Rachel was able to tie the match with her three-pointer. Nerd’s Watch did not win their five-point question but was able to win the match in Sudden Death.

During their post-match interview, Team Action’s mothers left the building and they returned to their heel personas.

After their first loss in the Schmoedown, Ben and Ghai went on to battle Late to the Party’s Robert Montano and Vanessa Fitzsimmons. Team Action defeat them thirty-one to twenty-six, which set the new high score record. They would continue in the 2017 Team Tournament for a chance to win the Teams Belts from The Patriots. For the first three rounds in the tournament, Team Action defeated Deep CutsTeam Trek, and Top Ten. However, the final match would not be held until the Singles Tournament ended.

Rather than waiting two months for another match, Ben Bateman decided he was going to enter the Singles Tournament Qualifier. His opponents were Scott MantzEliot DewberryJason Inman, and Robert Meyer Burnett. Ben managed to gain enough points in round three to eliminate Dewberry and Mantz on his three-point question. Inman was only able to answer his five-point question, removing Burnett from the table. Unfortunately, Ben did not correctly answer his last question and Jason Inman won the Singles Tournament Qualifer.

Once the Singles Tournament was finished, Team Action was ready to face Samm Levine and Drew McWeeny in the No. 1 Contender’s Match. The winner would face The Patriots at Schmoedown Spectacular II for the Team Belts. Above the Line achieved an eleven point lead despite Team Action spinning Action and Adventure in Round Two. Ben and Andrew managed to score a total of three points in rounds three and four, but they were still behind by six points.

Team Action successfully answered all their round five questions and avoided the TKO. Still, Above the Line won the match by answering their two and three-point question. After this defeat, Ben and Andrew learned they would have to fight Top Ten again. They stormed into Commissioner Thadd Williams’ office to voice their displeasure, but Thadd offered special terms to the match if both teams would agree to a meeting.

Immediately as everyone sat at the table, Top Ten and Team Action were insulting each other. Thadd calmed them down by listing the stipulations for their match. If Top Ten won, they can have a No. 1 Contender’s match. On the other hand if Team Action won, they would get a Title Match and Top Ten would split up for a year. Rocha was not happy with this arrangement, but he suggested to remove Opponent’s Choice and Spinner’s Choice from the wheel.

John Rocha and Matt Knost had an incredible first two rounds, scoring twenty-two points. Team Action were in knock out territory with only twelve points. Andrew took the two-point question and failed to answer it. Chaos ensued when Ghai tackled Rocha to the ground, and Commissioner Thadd Williams gave him a three-month suspension from the Schmoedown.

In the 2017 Schmoedown Awards, Ben Bateman was nominated for Rookie of the Year. Team Action had nominations in Match of the Year and Rookie Team of the Year, but was awarded Heel Team of the Year.

Soon after Bateman faced Dale Gibbs and won with a TKO victory. On April 13, 2018, Ben Bateman entered into the second Free 4 All as the thirty-first competitor. He survived six rounds eliminating Eliot Dewberry, Adam Hlavac, Robert Meyer Burnett, Mark Reilly, and John Rocha.

Following his victory against Dale Gibbs, Ben was confident to challenge Marc Andreyko. They were tied in Round One, but one person would take the lead in Round Two. Andreyko scored seven points in the Musicals category and stole two points from Bateman. Ben was able to only get four points in Action/Adventure and tied Andreyko with his five-point question. Marc answered his two-point question, winning the game eighteen to sixteen.

Ben Bateman and Andrew Ghai returned to the Schmoedown, facing DC Movie News going into the match, Team Action was favorited to win and took the lead in Round One. Adam Gertler spun James Bond Movies and Mike Kalinowski scored eleven out of twelve possible points. Team Action was forced to take Fantasy Sci-Fi after Ghai landed on Opponent’s Choice. They tied the score twenty-one to twenty-one. Ultimately, Team Action won answering their three and five-point questions. Mike was so upset with the loss, he left his faction to begin his reign of KOrruption.

Ben and Andrew went on to the El Portal Theater to take on The Shirewolves, but were defeated by a single point. Andrew came back on stage and belittled Ben, who was dressed as Dan Murrell. Suddenly, the theater lights went dark and emerged four cloaked figures. John Rocha, Matt Knost, Mark Reilly, and Jason Inman revealed themselves as the new Horsemen. A fifth cloaked figure appeared on stage. As Rocha pulled down the mystery man’s hood, Dan Murrell was revealed. He joined the Horsemen and challenged Ghai to a match at Collision. 

A week before Collision took place, Ben Bateman requested a stipulation match. If he was able to defeat Scott Mantz on his own, his face would appear on the Movie Release Date category. Mantz agreed to the match and lost it by two points in Round Three. Ben was later accused of kidnapping Mark Reilly’s Dog, prompting Thadd to ban him from Collision. Andrew would have to face Dan Murrell on his own. 

After losing to Team Action, Mike Kalinowski blackmailed Commissioner Thadd Williams into doing an Innergeekdom and Anarchy Tournaments. Ben and Andrew ignored Innergeekdom, but they were scheduled to appear in Anarchy. Ben was partnered with Mark Reilly while Tom Dagnino would become their manager. Andrew Ghai and Rachel Cushing were supposed to be a team, but since The Shirewolves won the Team Belts, Andrew did not compete in Anarchy at all.

Even though Mark Reilly was not happy working with the man accused of kidnapping his dog, they formed Who’s The Boss to take the belts. Sensing their potential greatness after defeating Crazy Eighty-Greats and Cinemaniacs, Tom Dagnino found video footage showing Mike Kalinowski framing Ben. It was this moment that united Who’s The Boss against KOrruption.

On November 2, 2018, Reilly turned from his hero personality, calling Kalinowski “a little ninny b*tch.” Both teams were tied at the end of Round One, but Who’s the Boss took a commanding seven point lead in Round Two. In spite of tying the game in Round Three, KOrruption lost the match when Reilly answered his two-point question and got his revenge against Mike Kalinowski.

After defeating The Harris Brothers, Ben turned his eyes set for the Singles Belt as well. He defeated Jeannine the Machine and Lon Harris but would have to get pass Clarke Wolfe. Both competitors were tied throughout most the match. Ben was asked, “In Hook, what word does Rufio and the Lost Boys constantly use as an excited battle cry?” “Believe” was his response, and it cost him the match.

Fortunately, Ben had one more match before facing Clarke Wolfe again at Spectacular III. An Iron Man Movie Release Dates Match was released a few days later for the patrons. Whoever won this match, would have their picture on the Movie Release Dates slice. Scott Mantz jumped at the opportunity to reclaim his slice but so did Samm Levine and Adam Hlavac. All four competitors fought hard for thirty minutes, but Scott Mantz succeeded in his task to have his face return on the wheel slice.

On December 21, 2018, The Shirewolves and Who’s the Boss competed for the Team Belts.The champions were behind by a single point in the beginning but took the lead in the Speed Round. Both teams correctly answered every question in Round Five, resulting in The Shirewolves winning the match. Ben congratulated to both competitors for their superior skill in the post interview.

Andrew greeted his old partner with a suggestion to start a new faction. Ben smiled as he thought Action Army would grow in 2019. Shockingly, Andrew tackled Ben to the ground, destroying a table in the process. Mark Reilly and Tom Dagnino were quick to chase Andrew away before making sure Ben was not injured in any way.

In the 2018 Schmoedown Awards, Ben Bateman was nominated in Upset of the Year, Heel of the Year, and Player of the Year. Who's The Boss was nominated for New Team of the Year, Match of the Year and Team of the Year. Team Action was awarded Heel Team of the Year for the second year in a row.

At the New York Live Event, after Dan Murrell defeated Ethan Erwin for the Singles Title, Kristian informed everyone his decision for Andrew Ghai. It would be a yearlong suspension because his continued behavior would not be tolerated. Then Ben Bateman walked on stage to tell Kristian suspending him would not do anything. Instead, he proposed to face him and his new partner in a match. They settled on a one month suspension before Ben faced Andrew in the Schmoedown.

After Ghai's supension, Emma Fyffe, the Teams and Innergeekdom Commissioner decided that Ben and Andrew would play each other in a stipulation match, the winner choosing the match in May. It would be a Teams match and they can choose any person to team up with them, Ben chose his manager Tom Dagnino and Andrew chose his manager Robert Meyer Burnett.

They competed in the Teams match with Andrew swapping out Burnett for his REAL team partner Drew McWeeny. Ben got a perfect round and the bonus question. Ghai and McWeeny won the match and decided the next match will be in Booker T's arena in Houston. Andrew decided that if Ben won, he would pick Ghai's next singles opponent and if he won, Ben is out of the 2019 Ultimate Schmoedown.

That match would have to wait as Ben and Reilly faced The Odd Couple in Chicago for the #1 contender. Marc Andreyko got the perfect round, both teams got a perfect round 2 with The Odd Couple in the lead. Reilly answered the 2 pointer then Jeff Sneider answered his 2 pointer forcing Who's The Boss to hit their 3 and 5. The Odd Couple won that match with neither Andreyko nor Sneider wanting to shake Ben's hand but soon after the manager of the Odd Couple and Ben's former girlfriend Roxy Striar slapped Ben on the cheek and Ghai saying to him that his career is done.

During the Houston live event, Booker T, Burnett and Roxy sided with Ghai, but Dagnino, Reilly, Murrell and Rocha sided with Ben. During Round 2, Ghai landed on Opponents Choice and Ben gave him Movie Release Dates and every question being steals from Ben. Ben spun Spinners Choice and chose to spin again despite getting Spinners Choice. He respun and got another Spinners Choice. He chose Oscar Movies and KO'd Ghai. Outraged with the knockout, Ghai tried to attack Ben with a chair but Booker T took the chair away. Rocha didn't let Ghai leave and Ben hit Ghai with the chair, getting his revenge after the tackle and the slap. Ben and Dagnino joined the Horsemen after getting revenge on the Family.

Match History[]

Singles Matches[]

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
9/19/17

Scott Mantz

Eliot Dewberry

Jason Inman

Robert Meyer Burnett

2000's Loss (2nd/3rd) 2017 Ultimate Schmoedown Qualifier
3/16/18 Dale Gibbs Spinners Choice-Oscar Movies Win by TKO
4/13/18 2018 Free 4 All None Loss Draw Number: 31
4/20/18 Marc Andreyko Spinners Choice-Action/Adventure Loss
7/6/18 Scott Mantz Spinners Choice-Oscar Movies Win
8/31/18 John Rocha Oscar Movies Loss
11/6/18 Jeannine Brice New Releases Win 2018 Ultimate Schmoedown Mini-Qualifying Match
11/9/18 Lon Harris Denzel Washington Win 2018 Ultimate Schmoedown Qualifying Match
11/27/18 Clarke Wolfe Brad Pitt Loss 2018 Ultimate Schmoedown
3/29/19 2019 Free 4 All None Loss

Draw Number: 29

Schmoedown Live

5/24/19 Andrew Ghai Spinners Choice-Oscar Movies Win by KO Schmoedown Live
8/23/19 Mike Kalinowski Natalie Portman Loss
9/26/19 Liz Shannon Miller Denzel Washington Win 2019 Ultimate Schmoedown
10/4/19 Paul Preston Movie Release Dates Win 2019 Ultimate Schmoedown
10/16/19 Brendan Meyer 2010's Win by KO 2019 Ultimate Schmoedown
12/17/19 William Bibbiani New Releases Win by TKO

#1 Contender Match

2019 Ultimate Schmoedown Final

Schmoedown Live

2019 Schmoedown Spectacular

12/17/19 Paul Oyama Julia Roberts Win by KO

Championship Match

Schmoedown Live

2019 Schmoedown Spectacular

3/6/20 Dan Murrell Nora Ephron Loss in SD

Championship Match

Schmoedown Live

8/28/20 Andrew Ghai (II) Harrison Ford Win by KO

#1 Contender Match

Schmoedown Throwdown

9/11/20 Dan Murrell (II) James Bond Loss

Championship Match

Schmoedown Throwdown

3/26/21 Mark Reilly Spinners Choice-Tyler Perry Win Schmoedown Battlefield
4/24/21 2021 Free 4 All None Loss (MVP) Draw Number: 24
6/4/21 John Rocha (II) Sean Connery Win in SD Schmoedown Versus
6/25/21 Ethan Erwin Tyler Perry Loss in SD

#1 Contender Match

Schmoedown Battlefield

8/13/21 Perri Nemiroff Opponents Choice-Mixed Bag Win in SD

Schmoedown Live

2021 Ultimate Schmoedown

9/24/21 Paige Frabetti Coming of Age Loss 2021 Ultimate Schmoedown

Team Matches[]

"Team Action"

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
3/14/17 Night Sisters (Emma Fyffe & Joelle Monique) 90's Win by TKO
5/2/17 Nerd's Watch (Ken Napzok & Rachel Cushing) Action/Adventure Loss in SD
6/20/17 Late to the Party (Robert Montano & Vanessa Fitzsimmons) Action/Adventure Win
8/23/17 Deep Cuts (Thadd Williams & Aaron Wilhelm) Dramas Win 2017 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
9/5/17 Team Trek (Scott Mantz & Jason Inman) Fantasy/Sci-Fi Win by TKO 2017 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
9/13/17 Top 10 (John Rocha & Matt Knost) Spinners Choice-Action/Adventure Win 2017 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
11/14/17 Above the Line (Samm Levine & Drew McWeeny) Action/Adventure Loss

#1 Contender Match

2017 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Final

12/22/17 Top 10 (II) (John RochaMatt Knost) Ron Howard Loss by TKO

#1 Contender Match

2017 Schmoedown Spectacular

5/22/18 DC Movie News (Mike Kalinowski & Adam Gertler) Opponents Choice-Fantasy/Sci-Fi Win
6/8/18 Shirewolves (Clarke Wolfe & Rachel Cushing) Movie Release Dates Loss Schmoedown Live

"Who's the Boss"

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
9/28/18 Crazy Eighty-Greats (Eric Zipper & Haleigh Foutch) New Releases Win 2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
10/16/18 Cinemaniacs (William Bibbiani & Matt Knost) Spinners Choice-Movie Release Dates Win 2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
11/2/18 KOrruption (Mike Kalinowski & Chance Ellison) Scores and Soundtracks Win 2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
11/13/18 The Harris Brothers (Lon Harris & Jonathan Harris) Tom Cruise Win by KO

#1 Contender Match

2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Final

12/21/18 Shirewolves (Rachel Cushing & Clarke Wolfe) Festival Darlings Loss

Championship Match

2018 Schmoedown Spectacular

4/18/19 The Odd Couple (Jeff Sneider & Marc Andreyko) Spinners Choice-Movie Release Dates Loss

#1 Contender Match

Schmoedown Live

11/6/19 Inky and the Brain (Devon StewartRachel Silvestrini) Will Smith Win by KO 2019 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
11/22/19 Crimson Fury (Stacy Howard & Tim Franco) Fantasy/Sci-Fi Win by TKO 2019 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
12/4/19 The Family (Andrew Ghai & Drew McWeeny) Kate Winslet Loss 2019 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
4/3/20 The Odd Couple (Jeff Sneider & Marc Andreyko) (II) Spinners Choice-Pixar Win
8/21/20 Shazam (William Bibbiani & Brendan Meyer) Opponents Choice-Classics Loss by KO

#1 Contender Match

Schmoedown Throwdown

"Bateman/Dagnino"

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
3/7/19 The Family (Andrew Ghai & Drew McWeeny) New Releases Loss

"Danger Zone"

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
5/7/21 The Midterms (Eric Zipper & Jonathan Harris) Movie Release Dates Win 2021 Mid-Season Team Tournament
5/14/21 Deception (Marisol McKee & Adam Collins) Movie Release Dates Win 2021 Mid-Season Team Tournament
5/21/21 Rushmore (JTE & John Rocha) Opponents Choice-Martial Arts Movies Win 2021 Mid-Season Team Tournament Final
5/28/21 KOrruption (Mike Kalinowski & Chance Ellison) Francis Ford Coppola Loss

#1 Contender Match

Schmoedown Battlefield

7/29/21 Lightning Time (Ethan Erwin & Liz Shannon Miller) Lucasfilm Loss
10/21/21 The Untouchables (Drew McWeeny & Paige Frabetti) Spinners Choice-Ice Cube Win 2021 Ultimate Team Schmoedown
11/4/21 The Press Room (Perri Nemiroff & Josh Horowitz) 2021 Ultimate Team Schmoedown

Exhibition Matches[]

Date Competitor Round 2 Category Outcome Notes
11/29/18

Samm Levine

Scott Mantz

Adam Hlavac

None Loss (2nd)

Fatal Four-Way

Movie Release Date Iron Man Match

5/16/21 Mark Reilly Top Gun Call Signs Loss Top Gun Exhibition Match

Ultimate Schmoedown History[]

Year Category Result
2017 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Teams Finals (2nd place)
2017 Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Lost in Qualification
2018 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Teams Winner
2018 Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Quarterfinals (6th place)
2019 Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Winner
2019 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Teams Semifinals (3rd Place)
2021 Mid-Season Team Tournament Teams Winner
2021 Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Eighth-finals (16th Place)
2021 Ultimate Team Schmoedown Teams

Awards and Nominations[]

2017 Teams Tournament Finalist

2018 Teams Tournament Winner

2019 Singles Tournament Winner

Former Singles Champion

Nominations:[]

2017 Match of the Year (Singles Tournament Qualifier)

2017 Rookie of the Year

2017 Rookie Team of the Year (Team Action)

2017 Upset of the Year (Lost Singles Tournament Qualifier)

2017 Team of the Year (Team Action)

2018 Upset of the Year (Beat Lon)

2018 Heel of the Year

2018 New Team of the Year (Who's the Boss)

2018 Moment of the Year (Tackled by Ghai)

2018 Match of the Year (Who's the Boss v Shirewolves)

2018 Team of the Year (Who's the Boss)

2018 Player of the Year

2019 Babyface of the Year

2019 Moment of the Year (Wins Contender Match and Championship Match in same night)

2019 Player of the Year

Wins:[]

2017 Heel Team of the Year (Team Action)

2018 Heel Team of the Year (Team Action)

2019 Comeback Player of the Year

2019 Singles Player of the Year

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