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NXT Showcase: Erick Rowan

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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man that is big red.

Wrestler: “Big Red” Erick Rowan (Thoruf).

Background Information: He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was trained by Eddie Sharkey.

He made his professional wrestling debut on September 3, 2003 as he has competed in several independent promotions in both the United States and Japan.

In 2007, he competed under the ring name Thoruf in Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan where he competed in both tag team and singles matches, albeit without much success.

Following his tour in Japan, he returned to the United States in 2008 and began competing under the ring name Thoruf Marius for the Minnesota-based F1rst Wrestling promotion.

Since joining the promotion, he began feuding with Brody Hoofer with the pair exchanging wins across several events.

In 2011, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

He made his FCW debut on April 14, 2011, under the ring name Erick Rowan where he and Buck Dixon defeated the team of DeSean Bishop and DT Porter in a tag team match. He suffered his first loss as he, Bobby Dutch, and Aksana were defeated by Derrick Bateman, Xavier Woods, and Kaitlyn in a six-person intergender tag team match in the following week.

He later began competing as in the tag team division where he and James Bronson competed in the FCW Tag Team Showcase Tournament. However, he and Bronson were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Epico and Hunico.

After he and Bronson’s team disbanded due to a lack of success, he began a singles push in 2012 and found small success before returning to the tag team division by forming a team with Luke Harper.

When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling, he made his debut on December 12, 2012, on an episode of NXT as a follower of Bray Wyatt who introduced Rowan as his second son.

As a member of The Wyatt Family, he formed a team with Wyatt’s first son Luke Harper and they defeated Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu on January 9, 2013 on an episode of NXT.

Throughout his NXT career, he became a NXT Tag Team Champion. He competed with NXT until he was called up to the main roster.

From May 27, 2013, on an episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family. The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family’s backwoods origins and him wearing a sheep mask.

On July 8, 2013, on an episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane. He made his WWE in-ring debut on July 26, 2013, on an episode of SmackDown where he and Harper defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) in a tag team match.

Beginning on September 29, 2014, vignettes were shown of Harper and him being set free. On November 17, 2014, on an episode of Raw, he turned face for the first time in his career when he chose to join John Cena’s team for Survivor Series going after his former Wyatt Family member and Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper who had joined Team Authority.

In May 2015, he reunited with former tag team partner Luke Harper after attacking Harper’s opponent Fandango turning heel in the process. In late June, he suffered a torn bicep leaving him out of action.

He made his return on October 19, 2015, on an episode of Raw when he filled in for Harper who was unable to show for personal reasons against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins which his team won by disqualification after Ambrose attacked Strowman with a kendo stick.

On July 19, 2016, at the 2016 WWE draft, he was drafted to SmackDown along with Bray Wyatt while Strowman was drafted to Raw.

On August 2, 2016, on an episode of SmackDown, he resumed his alliance with Bray Wyatt by attacking Wyatt’s opponent, Dolph Ziggler as well as the WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose.

He still competes in WWE to this day and is part of the SmackDown Live! brand.


In 2010, he participated in Norwegian reality series Alt for Norge and finished in fifth place.

My Thoughts: Erick Rowan is a man that is talented for a man his size. Even though he doesn’t have much charimsa, he has an interesting and unique look, he has a presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has an unique character, and he’s a solid wrestler in the ring for a man his size. Big Red!

Video: This video contains a match between Erick Rowan and Oliver Grey on December 12, 2012.

My Thoughts: This was a good squash match that showcased the character of Erick Rowan as this was debut in NXT.

I like how the moment the bell rang, he just hit a big boot right across Oliver Grey’s face and he just continued to dominate him from there. His sidewalk slam on Oliver Grey was executed very well, but it didn’t have much impact as a finisher so seeing the match end there was quite awkward. Other than that, he made a huge impression in his first match in NXT by being a part of The Wyatt Family.

Good squash match as this was debut of Erick Rowan in NXT who is now a part of The Wyatt Family.

I think what WWE are doing with Erick Rowan right now is at the right position even though I personally want him to be in a tag team as I feel he’s more suited in that role than as a singles wrestler.

However, what WWE is doing with him right now is fine so it’s all fine and good. Big Red!


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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