Erick Rowan

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Title History

  • May 9, 2013 – NXT Tag Team Championship with Luke Harper defeating Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas.

Career Highlights

  • Prior signed to WWE, Joseph Ruud has competed in several independent promotions in both the United States and Japan.
  • In 2007, Joseph Ruud 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, Joseph Ruud returned to the United States in 2008 and began competing under the ring name Thoruf Marius for the Minnesota-based F1rst Wrestling promotion.
  • Upon joining the promotion, Joseph Ruud began feuding with Broody Hoofer, with the pair exchanging wins across several events.

NXT:

  • In 2011, Joseph Ruud signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling.
  • Joseph Ruud 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.
  • The following week, Erick Rowan 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.
  • Erick Rowan 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.
  • Despite this, Erick Rowan and James Bronson received a championship match against the Florida Tag Team Champions CJ Parker and Donny Marlow, but were unsuccessful in winning the title.
  • July 3, 2011 – FCW: Derrick Bateman and Kenneth Cameron defeated Erick Rowan and James Bronson.
  • July 31, 2011 – FCW: Erick Rowan (w/ Byron Saxton and James Bronson) defeats Kenneth Cameron.
  • August 7, 2011 – FCW: Leakee and Titus O’Neil defeated Erick Rowan and James Bronson (w/ Byron Saxton).
  • September 11, 2011 – FCW: Erick Rowan and James Bronson defeated FCW Tag Team Champions CJ Parker and Donny Marlow in a non-title match.
  • September 25, 2011 – FCW: Erick Rowan defeats Corey Graves.
  • October 23, 2011 – FCW: Big E. Langston defeats Erick Rowan.
  • November 6, 2011 – FCW: Abraham Washington defeats Erick Rowan.
  • After Erick Rowan and James Bronson’s team disbanded due to a lack of success, Rowan began a singles push in 2012 and found small success before returning to the tag team division by forming a team with Luke Harper.
  • June 24, 2012 – FCW: Erick Rowan defeats Benicio Salazar.

World Wrestling Entertainment – NXT:

  • Following FCW being rebranded as NXT Wrestling, Erick Rowan made his debut in November 2012 and was introduced as the “second son” of Bray Wyatt, with his tag team partner Harper being the “first son”.
  • Together, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeated Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu on the January 9, 2013 episode of NXT.
  • NXT.com writes: One look at this Scandinavian powerhouse known as Erick Rowan will elicit fear from any man. Standing 6’8 and weighing 315 pounds, Rowan was a “Man without a Country” for quite some time – before seeking out the guidance and fellowship of his mentor, Bray Wyatt.  Despite his massive frame, Rowan displays surprising agility. This superstar wasted zero time using his unlimited power and relentless ferocity to pick up several big wins at NXT – with no end in sight.
  • January 9, 2013 – NXT Live Event: The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) defeated Jake Carter and Mike Dalton.
  • January 12, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Adrian Neville and Mike Dalton defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Rowan).
  • On the January 23 episode of NXT, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper again defeated Watson and Tatsu in the opening round of the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament.
  • ~~~Following a win over Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty in the semifinals, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey.
  • January 24, 2013 – NXT: The Wyatt Family defeated Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson in the 1st round of the tag team title tournament.
  • February 7, 2013 – NXT: The Wyatt Family defeated Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals of the tag team tournament.
  • February 14, 2013 – NXT: Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey defeated The Wyatt Family to become the 1st ever NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • February 21, 2013 – NXT: Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family) defeated Yoshi Tatsu.
  • March 14, 2013 – NXT: Bo Dallas defeated Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family).
  • March 21, 2013 – NXT: Luke Harper (w/ Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan) defeated NXT Tag Team Champion Adrian Neville.
  • April 3, 2013 – NXT: Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
  • April 18, 2013 – NXT Live Event: Bo Dallas, Kassius Ohno, and Sami Zayn defeated The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan).
  • April 19, 2013 – NXT Live Event: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Rowan) (w/Bray Wyatt) defeated Travis Tyler and Troy McClain.
  • April 25, 2013 – NXT: Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family) defeated Yoshi Tatsu.
  • May 2, 2013 – NXT: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Rowan) defeated Primo and Epico and Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville in a 3-way tag team elimination match.
  • May 9, 2013 – NXT: The Wyatt Family defeated Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas to win the NXT Tag Team Titles.
  • May 16, 2013 – NXT: Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family) defeated Danny Burch.
  • May 23, 2013 – NXT: Bray Wyatt (w/ The Wyatt Family) defeated Corey Graves.
  • May 27, 2013 – RAW: A vignette aired promoting the Wyatt Family’s impending debut.
  • May 30, 2013 – NXT: NXT Tag Team Champions Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated Sawyer Fulton andTravis Tyler in a non-title match.
  • June 6, 2013 – NXT: NXT Tag Team Champions The Wyatt Family defeated Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves to retain.
  • June 20, 2013 – NXT: Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan defeated Adrian Neville, Kassius Ohno, and Corey Graves.
  • July 8, 2013 – RAW: The Wyatt Family made their RAW debut and attacked Kane after his match.  Kane had to be taken from the arena on a stretcher.
  • July 26, 2013 – SmackDown: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated Brodus Clay and Tensai.
  • August 5, 2013 – SmackDown: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated Brodus Clay and Tensa w Cameron and Naomi.
  • August 30, 2013 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated Brodus Clay and Tensai w/ Cameron and Naomi.
  • September 20, 2013 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel.
  • September 23, 2013 – RAW: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated the Prime Time Players.
  • October 2, 2013 – Main Event: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper w/ Bray Wyatt defeated The Prime Time Players.
  • October 11, 2013 – SmackDown: Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated the Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan).
  • October 12, 2013 – Live Event: The Wyatt Family defeated The Prime Time Players and R-Truth.
  • October 18, 2013 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family defeated the Miz and Kofi Kingston.
  • October 21, 2013 – RAW: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated the Miz and Kofi Kingston.
  • October 25, 2013 – SmackDown: The Usos defeated The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan).
  • November 1, 2013 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated the Prime Time Players.
  • November 6, 2013 – Main Event: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper w/ Bray Wyatt defeated The Prime Time Players.
  • November 6, 2013 – Live Event: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan w/ Bray Wyatt in a tag team street fight.
  • November 8, 2013 – Live Event: CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan w/ Bray Wyatt.
  • November 11, 2013 – RAW: C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated the Shield by disqualification in a “3-on-2” handicap match.
  • ~~~The Wyatt Family interfered and caused the disqualification.
  • November 15, 2013 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated the Uso Brothers.
  • November 15, 2013 – SmackDown: C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan fought WWE Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel and Ryback to a ‘no contest’ due to interference by the Wyatt Family.
  • November 18, 2013 – RAW: C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, the Usos, and the WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated the Shield and the Wyatt Family in a 12-man tag team match.
  • November 24, 2013 – Survivor Series: C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
  • November 25, 2013 – RAW: C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated the Wyatt Family in a “3-on-2” handicap match.
  • November 29, 2013 – SmackDown: WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins by disqualification to retain the titles.
  • ~~~Due to interference by Dean Ambrose, Vickie Guerrero booked a 6-man tag team match: C.M. Punk, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes defeated the Shield by disqualification.
  • ~~~Due to interference by the Wyatt Family, Vickie Guerrero booked a 12-man tag team match: C.M. Punk, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, Jr., and the Usos defeated the Shield and the Wyatt Family.
  • December 2, 2013 – RAW: Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan.
  • December 9, 2013 – RAW: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated the Uso Brothers.
  • December 13, 2013 – SmackDown: Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan by disqualification.
  • December 15, 2013 – TLC: The Wyatt Family defeated Daniel Bryan in a “3-on1” handicap match.
  • December 20, 2013 – SmackDown: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a non-title match.
  • December 23, 2013 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated Daniel Bryan and the WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a 6-man tag team match.
  • December 26, 2013 – Live Event: Daniel Bryan and The Usos defeated The Wyatt Family in a steel cage match.
  • December 27, 2013 – SmackDown: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated the Uso Brothers.
  • December 28, 2013 – Tribute to the Troops: Daniel Bryan defeated Bray Wyatt by disqualification.
  • ~~~Daniel Bryan and CM Punk defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan by disqualification.
  • ~~~John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk defeated the Wyatt Family.
  • December 30, 2013 – RAW: Daniel Bryan defeated Luke Harper.
  • ~~~As a result of the victory, Daniel Bryan wrestled Erick Rowan.  Bryan defeated Rowan.
  • ~~~As a result of the victory, Daniel Bryan wrestled Bray Wyatt.  Bryan defeated Wyatt by disqualification.
  • ~~~After the match, Daniel Bryan agreed to join the Wyatt Family!

The Wyatt Family with Daniel Bryan:

  • January 3, 2014 – SmackDown: WWE tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to retain the titles.
  • January 4, 2014 – Live Event: Jimmy Uso defeated Erick Rowan.
  • January 6, 2014 – RAW: The Usos and Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated Daniel Bryan, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan in a 6-man tag team match.
  • January 10, 2014 – SmackDown: The Usos fought Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to a double count-out.
  • January 11-12, 2014 – Live Event: The Usos defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
  • January 13, 2014 – RAW: The Usos defeated Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan by disqualification.
  • ~~~A rematch was signed for later in the show, this time to be contested inside a steel cage!
  • ~~~The Usos defeated Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan in a steel cage match.
  • ~~~After the match, Daniel Bryan turned his back on the Wyatt Family and attacked Bray Wyatt!
  • January 18-19, 2014 – Live Event: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeated Kane in a handicap match.
  • January 20, 2014 – RAW: The Usos defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
  • January 24, 2014 – SmackDown: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeated the Prime Time Players.
  • January 26, 2014 – Royal Rumble: Erick Rowan participated in the 30-man Royal Rumble match which was eventually won by Batista.
  • February 3, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated Dolph Ziggler, Xavier Woods, and R-Truth in a 6-man tag team match.
  • February 9, 2014 – Live Event: Jey Uso defeated Erick Rowan.
  • February 10, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Rey Mysterio, Jr. in a 6-man tag team match.
  • February 12, 2014 – Main Event: The Wyatt Family defeated Los Matadores and Sin Cara.
  • February 13, 2014 – NXT: Erick Rowan and Luke Harper w Bray Wyatt defeated Jason Jordan and Marcus Louis.
  • February 17, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated Los Matadores and Sin Cara in a 6-man tag team match.
  • February 21, 2014 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family defeated Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Rey Mysterio, Jr. in a 6-man tag team match.
  • February 23, 2014 – Elimination Chamber: The Wyatt Family defeated the Shield in a 6-man tag team match.
  • March 1-2, 2014 – Live Event: The Usos and Sheamus defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • March 3, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated the Shield in a 6-man tag team match.
  • March 8-9, 2014 – Live Event: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
  • March 10, 2014 – RAW: John Cena defeated Erick Rowan.
  • March 14-16, 2014 – Live Event: The Shield defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • March 21-23, 2014 – Live Event: The Shield defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • March 30, 2014 – Live Event: John Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • April 7, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated John Cena, Sheamus, and WWE Intercontinental champion Big E Langston in a 6-man tag team match.
  • April 8, 2014 – Main Event: The Shield defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • April 12-13, 2014 – Live Event: John Cena and The Shield defeated Kane and The Wyatt Family.
  • April 17, 2014 – Live Event: The Shield defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • April 18, 2014 – Live Event: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
  • April 19, 2014 – Live Event: Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and John Cena defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • April 21, 2014 – RAW: John Cena defeated the Wyatt Family by disqualification in a “3-on-1” handicap match.
  • April 25, 2014 – SmackDown: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
  • April 26-27, 2014 – Live Event: John Cena, Rob Van Dam and The Big Show defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • April 29, 2014 – Main Event: Bray Wyatt w Erick Rowan & Luke Harper defeated Sheamus.
  • May 2, 2014 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family defeated the WWE tag team champions the Usos and Sheamus in a 6-man tag team match.
  • May 2-3, 2014 – Live Event: The Shield and John Cena defeated The Wyatt Family and Alberto Del Rio in a 8-man tag team match.
  • May 5, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated the Shield in a 6-man tag team match.
  • May 9, 2014 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family defeated the WWE tag team champions the Usos and John Cena in a 6-man tag team match.
  • May 12, 2014 – RAW: The WWE tag team champions the Usos and John Cena defeated the Wyatt Family in a 6-man tag team match.
  • May 16, 2014 – SmackDown: John Cena defeated Erick Rowan.
  • May 23, 2014 – SmackDown: WWE tag team champions the Usos defeated Erick Rowan and Luke Harper by disqualification in a non-title match.
  • June 2, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated the WWE tag team champions the Usos in a non-title match.
  • June 9, 2014 – RAW: John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose defeated the Wyatt Family in a 6-man tag team match.
  • June 13, 2014 – SmackDown: Erick Rowan defeated Jey Uso.
  • June 23, 2014 – RAW: Jey Uso defeated Erick Rowan.
  • June 29, 2014 – Money in the Bank: WWE tag team champions the Usos defeated Erick Rowen and Roman Harper to retain the titles.
  • June 30, 2014 – RAW: The Wyatt Family defeated WWE United States champion Sheamus and WWE tag team champions the Usos in a 6-man tag team match.
  • July 7, 2014 – RAW: Erick Rowen and Roman Harper defeated WWE tag team champions the Usos in a non-title match.
  • July 20, 2014 – Battleground: WWE tag team champions the Usos defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan 2 falls to 1 in a “Best of 3 Falls” match to retain the title.
  • ~~~First fall: Wyatts defeated the Usos.
  • ~~~Second fall: The Usos defeated the Wyatts.
  • ~~~Third fall: The Usos defeated the Wyatts.
  • August 1, 2014 – SmackDown: Chris Jericho defeated Erick Rowan.
  • August 15, 2014 – SmackDown: Mark Henry defeated Luke Harper by disqualification.
  • ~~~A tag team match was immediately signed.
  • ~~~Big Show and Mark Henry defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
  • August 18, 2014 – RAW: Big Show and Mark Henry defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
  • August 22, 2014 – SmackDown: Goldust and Stardust defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
  • August 25, 2014 – RAW: John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt by disqualification.
  • ~~~A 6-man tag team match was immediately signed.
  • ~~~John Cena, Big Show, and Mark Henry defeated The Wyatt Family.
  • August 29, 2014 – SmackDown: Roman Reigns, Mark Henry, and the Big Show defeated the Wyatt Family in a 6-man tag team match.
  • September 1, 2014 – RAW: Mark Henry and the Big Show defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan by disqualification.
  • September 5, 2014 – SmackDown: John Cena, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, and the Big Show defeated Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Kane, and Seth Rollins in a 10-man tag team match.
  • September 12, 2014 – SmackDown: WWE tag team champions the Usos, Mark Henry, and the Big Show defeated Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Goldust, and Stardust in an 8-man tag team match.
  • September 19, 2014 – SmackDown: The Wyatt Family defeated the Big Show and Los Matadores in a 6-man tag team match.