End of Heartache
NXT North American Champion; NXT Tag Team Champion; 2018 NXT Tag Team of the Year
Roderick Strong: Bio
Roderick Strong, The Messiah of the Backbreaker, is a chiropractor’s worst nightmare, though the thought of facing Strong inside the ring gave other NXT Superstars plenty of sleepless nights too.
That’s for good reason: Entering the sport as a teenager, Strong evolved into one of the ring’s hardest-hitting and best-conditioned Superstars, making him almost impossible to keep up with. His knife-edge chops and wide repertoire of backbreakers were the stuff of locker room legend; his cardio the envy of his peers.
These traits were honed over time. As a child, Strong sought the refuge of a backyard wrestling ring, in part to escape a chaotic home life full of parental strife. The return on his investment became clear years later as he rose steadily through the independent ranks and eventually joined NXT in 2016.
Strong soon fell in with The Undisputed ERA, a faction consisting of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. For the next several years, The UE ran roughshod over all competition who dared step their way and were clad in championship gold for much of their tenure together, with Strong holding the NXT Tag Team and North American Titles at various points. They also boldly broke new ground, even competing in all of NXT’s first four Men’s WarGames Matches.
As invincible and indivisible though they seemed, The Undisputed ERA weren’t spared an implosion, and in 2021, Cole hit the detonator by cruelly betraying Strong and O’Reilly. Within months of the shocking breakup, Strong announced he was “done” and gave his resignation to NXT General Manager William Regal. Despite his many run-ins with The UE, Regal called Strong “the ultimate professional” and left the door open for his return, saying he would always be welcomed back on the black-and-gold brand.