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NXT Showcase: Hype Bros

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a backstage segment that involves a tag team that stays hyped and they’re bros.

Wrestlers: Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder (Brett Major/Brett Matthews)).

Background Information: Mojo Rawley is from Alexandria, Virginia. At T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, he was a four-year starter along the defensive and offensive lines. He also was the team’s punter during his last two years. He finished second in the Patriot District in sacks in 2004 and broke the school’s all-time punting record with a long of 76 yards against West Springfield High School.

Throughout his high school playing career, he started games at defensive tackle, end, nose guard, and outside linebacker on defense, and at offensive tackle, guard, center, and tight end on offense. He was also the team’s punter and kicker.

He was an All-District choice at both defensive line and punter as well as the team MVP.

In 2004 and 2005, he played college football for Division III Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

After redshirting his freshman season due to mononucleosis, he started at defensive tackle for the Captains his sophomore year. He then transferred to the University of Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference where he earned a scholarship and a starting position.

In 2008, he finished third in sacks for the Terrapins. He was also only the second player in the past 15 years to play all defensive line positions in a game for the Terrapins.

He currently owns several of Maryland’s all-time records for strength and speed: 225 lb. Bench Press Test: 36 repetitions (Team Record) 40 Yard Dash: 4.78 (Defensive Tackle Record) Power Clean: 390 lbs. (Defensive Line Record) Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches (Defensive Line Record) Pro Agility (20 yard shuttle): 4.37 (Defensive Line Record).

In his three years at Maryland, he was one of the top student-athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In 2008, he won the Jim and Pat Thacker Postgraduate Scholarship for being one of the top student-athletes in the ACC for all sports and all schools.

In 2007 and 2008, he also received the George Boutselis Memorial Award for being the letterman with the highest academic average on the football team. He also was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2008 and was a three-time Dean’s List student. He is currently enrolled in the Smith Business School MBA Program.

At Christopher Newport, he was awarded a full academic scholarship. While also being named the top student-athlete on the team, he was a two-time All USA South Athletic Conference All-Academic Selection, a member of the President’s Leadership Program, Honors Program, and Student Executive Board of the Business School. He also received the Edith McMurran Honors Scholarship for the student who best demonstrates the balance of leadership, public service, and academic excellence.

He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft on May 4, 2009. He earned his contract on a tryout basis by being one of three players signed out of 25 trying out for the team. He was the only player on the depth chart listed at both Defensive End and Nose Guard.

On September 3, 2009, against the Tennessee Titans, he finished third on the team with 5 tackles, 1 for loss, and a forced fumble in a spectacular performance. Toward the end of the game, Muhtadi forced a fumble to save a touchdown. He was waived on September 4, 2009.

He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on January 20, 2010, to play defensive line. He was given the nickname “The Iron Sheik” by coaches and teammates due to his freakish strength as he was the strongest player on the team. He became training partners with Darnell Dockett as the two competed against one another every day in workouts. He was injured during training camp and placed on Injured Reserve.

He spent 18 months rehabilitating from the injury he sustained with the Arizona Cardinals. During his recovery, he had received offers to return to the NFL and to work in financial services, but instead opted to become a professional wrestler with WWE by August 2012. He joined WWE’s developmental territory WWE NXT and he adopted the ring name Mojo Rawley.

He made his television debut on May 29, 2013, on an episode of NXT, competing in a battle royal that was won by Bo Dallas. On October 9, 2013, on an episode of NXT, he adopted a high-energy character based on the concept of staying hyped; he explained that if getting hyped allowed superhuman achievements, he would take it one level higher by staying hyped.

Throughout his WWE career, he won the 2017 Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.


Zack Ryder is billed from Long Island, New York. He debuted with New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) in 2004, using the name Brett Matthews.

Throughout his NYWC career, he became a 2x NYWC Tag Team Champion. He competed with NYWC until he signed a contract with WWE.

On February 24, 2006, he signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). In Deep South Wrestling (DSW) in Georgia, he was renamed Brett Majors while Myers was renamed Bryan Majors.

Throughout his DSW career, he became a 2x DSW Tag Team Champion. Later in 2007, they moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) where he became a OVW Tag Team Champion before getting called up to the main roster.

The team was moved from the developmental league to the main roster in May 2007, changing their last names from Majors to Major. They worked on WWE’s ECW brand winning only their first match until they were drafted to SmackDown! in June 2007.

At Armageddon 2007, the duo dressed up like Edge and interfered in the World Heavyweight Championship match replacing Edge at several points along the match to help him win the title and thus turning heel for the first time in their WWE career. On December 21, 2007, the Major Brothers were revealed as an acquaintance to Edge and his lover, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. The Major Brothers were repackaged and renamed with him being renamed Zack Ryder.

On April 15, 2009, he was drafted back to the ECW brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft separating the team.

He made his return to ECW on May 5, 2009, in a backstage segment with General Manager Tiffany. He now sported short hair, tanned skin, sunglasses, a headband, half-trunks/half-tights, displaying something of an arrogant Long Island guido character and more frequent uses of catchphrases “woo woo woo” and “you know it”, that he had used sparingly in the tag team.

He lost to Finlay on his first singles match on May 7, 2009, on an episode of WWE Superstars and would not gain victory until May 19, 2009, on an episode of ECW on Sci Fi over a local competitor.

On November 3, 2009, on an edition of ECW, he entered a love angle with Rosa Mendes who became his valet.

When the ECW brand came to an end in February 2010, he and Mendes moved to the Raw brand making his debut on February 25, 2010, on an edition of WWE Superstars defeating Primo. He made his Raw debut on March 1, 2010, losing to Montel Vontavious Porter in a Money in the Bank qualifying match.

He became a mentor on the second season of WWE NXT to Titus O’Neil. They debuted in a losing effort against John Morrison and Eli Cottonwood; O’Neil was the first rookie eliminated from the second season, on June 29, 2010.

In June 2011, he would make his first Live Raw appearance losing to Kofi Kingston. After this loss, upset about his place in the company. started a YouTube show called Z! True Island Story.

Going into 2012, he started trying to romance Eve as part of a romantic storyline. As Cena’s friend, he also became a target of Kane who was feuding with Cena at the time and attacked him on several occasions.

In 2013, he most commonly appeared on Superstars and lost all his singles matches on Raw and SmackDown.

Throughout his WWE career, he became a WWE Intercontinental Champion, a WWE United States Champion, a WWE Tag Team Champion, and won the 2010 Slammy Award for Most Annoying Catchphrase.


In June 2015, Zack Ryder debuted in NXT forming an alliance with Mojo Rawley dubbing themselves as Hype Bros. Hype Bros went on to defeat Elias Sampson & Mike Rallis at the May 21, 2015, NXT TV Tapings. Three weeks later, with the duo officially recognized as a tag team, they defeated the team of Angelo Dawkins & Sawyer Fulton on the June 18, 2015, TV taping.

On July 19, 2016, Mojo Rawley was called up to the main roster as a supplemental pick in the 2016 WWE draft being selected in the 11th round by SmackDown where his Hype Bros partner Zack Ryder was also drafted to. He made his main roster debut at Battleground helping his Hype Bros partner Zack Ryder after Ryder was assaulted post match by Rusev.

They still compete in WWE to this day and they’re a part of the SmackDown Live! brand with Zack Ryder out with an injury.


This tag team compliment each other well as Zack Ryder covers Mojo Rawley’s weakness in the ring and they have pretty solid tag team chemistry with each other.

My Thoughts: Hype Bros are a tag team where both men can benefit from each other as Mojo Rawley is not good in the ring so Zack Ryder can do most of the in-ring work for him and I think they compliment each other very well with their chemistry. They don’t get hyped, they stayed hyped! Woo Woo Woo, you know it bro!

Video: This video contains a backstage segment between Hype Bros on February 3, 2016.

My Thoughts: This was a good backstage segment that kind of made me laugh a little bit.

Hype Bros were backstage being pissed off that they lost to The Vaudevillains as Mojo Rawley was shouting that they lost in an angry tone before saying it normally. He then smiled and told Zack Ryder that they lost with a happy face. Zack Ryder then asked him what he’s talking about as Mojo Rawley responded by saying that they finally got some competition and they finally have something to fight for. He then told Zack Ryder that they need to work harder as they both hype each other up and ended up going in different directions.

I like how they were being serious at one moment and then suddenly change into being happy about the situation and then after they hyped each other, they go in different directions which definitely shows that they’re on the same page. Not really, but I get what they were going for, it’s just the way they did was sort of funny so I got a small laugh from that.

Good backstage segment that got a good message, but the execution was kind of strange as it made me laugh a little without taking it seriously.

Even though I don’t think they’ll be a top tag team in WWE or tag team champions in the company for that matter, they do have a place in the tag team division and it gives both men something to do so I’m fine with the position they are at when they are a tag team together. They don’t get hyped, they stay hyped! Woo Woo Woo, you know it bro!


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestlers themselves. Thank you.

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