End of Heartache
NXT North American Champion; NXT Tag Team Champion; 2018 NXT Tag Team of the Year
Roderick Strong: Bio
Roderick Strong, The Undisputed ERA’s Messiah of the Backbreaker, is a chiropractor’s worst nightmare. His opponents don’t like him much either.
That’s for good reason: Since entering the sport as a teenager, Strong has evolved into one of the ring’s hardest-hitting and best-conditioned Superstars, making him almost impossible to keep up with. And with his fellow Undisputed ERA members always keeping a watchful eye, Strong operates with the confidence of a man who knows he has backup whenever he needs it — not that Strong needs backup to be a threat.
Having waged wars against the likes of AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins on the independent circuit, Strong brought a wealth of experience when he arrived to the black-and-gold brand in 2016. He became an NXT Title contender from almost the instant he showed up, embarking on competitive, if unsuccessful, runs against NXT Champions like Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre.
The setbacks only seemed to fuel Strong, who is no stranger to adversity. As the NXT Universe learned through a series of deeply personal video vignettes, Strong experienced his share of hardships growing up, including having to navigate a difficult home life full of parental strife. In turn, he spent his much of his youth in a wrestling ring set up in his backyard — an escape that paid dividends years down the line.
Strong was the final piece to fall into place in the Undisputed ERA puzzle. After initially turning down their aggressive pursuit of him, Strong eventually shocked the system — and the NXT Universe — by aligning with The Undisputed ERA at TakeOver: New Orleans in 2018.
The addition fortified the group’s already impressive ranks and helped push Undisputed ERA to new heights. As for Strong, he hasn’t looked back since, fighting side-by-side with Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish wherever their rivalries take them, repping The Undisputed ERA all the way.