Creed Brothers
Statistics
MembersBrutus Creed
Julius Creed
Name(s)Creed Brothers
Billed heightsBrutus Creed: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Julius Creed: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Combined
billed weight
511 lb (232 kg)
Brutus Creed: 282 lb (128 kg)[1]
Julius Creed: 229 lb (104 kg)[2]
HometownLexington, Ohio, United States
DebutAugust 24, 2021; 16 months ago (2021-08-24)[1][2]
Years active2021–present
TrainerWWE Performance Center[1][2]

The Creed Brothers are an American professional wrestling tag team consisting of brothers Brutus Creed (Drew Kasper; born May 13, 1996) and Julius Creed (Jacob Kasper; born October 3, 1994). They are currently working for the professional wrestling promotion WWE, where they perform on the NXT brand as part of the Diamond Mine stable.

Early lives and amateur wrestling

The Kasper brothers were born in Lexington, Ohio.[3] They attended Lexington High School, where they both competed in amateur wrestling.[4]

Jacob Kasper attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he studied sociology, graduating in 2018.[5] During his time at Duke University, he participated in collegiate wrestling for the Duke Blue Devils. He was a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American and a three-time NCAA Academic All-American, and won the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight championship. He set a Blue Devils record for the most wins in a single season and ranked second for overall career wins.[6] He participated in the 2016 Olympic trials in the Greco-Roman and freestyle categories,[7] placing fifth.[6] In 2017, he trained with mixed martial artist Daniel Cormier to help him prepare for his bout with Jon Jones at UFC 214.[6] In 2018, he began working for Duke University as an assistant wrestling coach.[8][9]

Drew Kasper attended Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he majored in exercise science, graduating in 2020. During his time at Otterbein University he competed in collegiate wrestling for the Otterbein Cardinals, with an overall record of 108–13. He was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American. In his final year, Kasper had a perfect 30–0 record and was ranked number one in the United States, but did not compete in the 2020 NCAA championships due to their cancellation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

History

In October 2020, Jacob Kasper was signed by WWE after being scouted by Gerald Brisco at the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and attending a try-out that June.[6] In February 2021, Drew Kasper was signed to a three-year contract by WWE after attending a try-out at his brother's urging.[3] Both men were assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for training.[10] In June 2021, Drew and Jacob Kasper were respectively renamed "Brutus Creed" and "Julius Creed".[11] In August 2021, the Creed Brothers appeared on NXT as members of Roderick Strong's Diamond Mine stable, establishing themselves as villains in the process.[10] They made their in-ring debut at the August 24, 2021, NXT tapings (with their match airing on September 7, 2021), defeating Chuckie Viola and Paxton Averill in a squash.[7][12]

On February 15, 2022, at NXT Vengeance Day, the Creed Brothers defeated MSK to win the Men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.[13] On June 4, 2022 at NXT In Your House they defeated Pretty Deadly to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.[14] At Worlds Collide on September 4, 2022, the Creed Brothers lost the NXT Tag Team Championship to Pretty Deadly after Damon Kemp, a member of the Diamond Mine stable, turned on the Creed Brothers, costing them the match.[15]

Professional wrestling style and persona

The Creed Brothers wrestle in a power-based style incorporating "slams, suplexes and collisions".[16] Their finishing moves include a clothesline/sliding lariat.[17][18][19] Their style has drawn comparisons to both the Road Warriors[12] and the Steiner Brothers.[20] Reflecting their amateur wrestling backgrounds, the Creed Brothers perform wearing wrestling singlets and wrestling shoes.[12] Brutus Creed was described by WWE in 2021 as possessing "a ruthless nature",[21] while Julius Creed was described by WWE as possessing "uncontrollable aggression and an absolute sadistic nature".[22]

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Professional wrestling

References

  1. ^ a b c d Kreikenbohm, Philip (2021). "Brutus Creed". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Kreikenbohm, Philip (2021). "Julius Creed". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Prescott, Adam (February 23, 2021). "Kasper signs developmental contract with WWE". OtterbeinCardinals.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Koslieski, William (May 26, 2021). "Fulfilling a dream: Lexington grads Jacob & Drew Kasper training to become WWE superstars". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Spencer, Jon (July 6, 2018). "Why not both? WWE, UFC could be landing spots for Lexington grad Jacob Kasper". Mansfield News Journal. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Joyner, K.C. (October 7, 2020). "In search of its next star: How the WWE recruited Duke wrestler Jacob Kasper". ESPN. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b WWE.com staff. (September 7, 2021). "Julius & Brutus Creed of The Diamond Mine to debut tonight on NXT". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jacob Kasper". GoDuke.com. 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  9. ^ North, Kim (April 28, 2019). "Duke standouts to conduct clinic at Beallsville". Martins Ferry Times Leader. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Currier, Joseph (September 4, 2021). "Julius & Brutus Creed to make WWE NXT in-ring debut". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  11. ^ Nason, Josh (June 26, 2021). "Four WWE NXT talents get new ring names". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c Aiken, Chris (September 7, 2021). "WWE NXT live results, two tag team title matches". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021. Creed brothers won with ease in an enhancement match, and it looked stiff like a Road Warriors squash match. Playing off their impressive amateur wrestling background, they wore plain singlets and wrestling shoes.
  13. ^ a b Rose, Bryan (February 15, 2022). "The Creed Brothers win Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic at NXT Vengeance Day". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  14. ^ Rose, Bryan (June 4, 2022). "The Creed Brothers win NXT Tag Team titles at In Your House". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
  15. ^ Aiken, Chris (September 4, 2022). "WWE NXT Worlds Collide live results". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  16. ^ "WWE NXT results, Sept 7, 2021: MSK raise the titles, while Dunne & Holland break ties with Burch & Lorcan". WWE.com. WWE. September 7, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2021. The Creed Brothers showed off their frightening power with a dominant display of slams, suplexes and collisions en route to an awe-inspiring win over Chuckie Viola and Paxton Averill.
  17. ^ "WWE NXT results, Sept 14, 2021: Ciampa wins back Goldie and InDex says "I Do" to begin NXT 2.0 era". WWE.com. WWE. September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 15, 2021. The Creed Brothers continued their path of destruction with another jaw-dropping display of strength. Julius & Brutus dispatched of Dan Jarmon & Trevor Skelly in impressive fashion with unbridled brutality and one final clothesline for good measure.
  18. ^ Aiken, Chris (October 12, 2021). "WWE NXT live results: North American Title match". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved October 13, 2021. Creed pinned Jiro after a sliding lariat.
  19. ^ Aiken, Chris (April 5, 2022). "WWE NXT live results: The fallout from Stand & Deliver". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved April 7, 2022. A bloody Barthel eats a sliding lariat from Julius, and Julius pins him for a three count.
  20. ^ Konuwa, Alfred (September 7, 2021). "WWE NXT Results: winners, news and notes on September 7, 2021". Forbes.com. Retrieved September 15, 2021. The Creed Brothers give me Steiner Brothers vibes...
  21. ^ "Brutus Creed". WWE.com. WWE. 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  22. ^ "Julius Creed". WWE.com. WWE. 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  23. ^ "Jacob Kasper wins second straight Southern Scuffle, Duke wrestling finishes fifth". Duke Chronicle. January 3, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  24. ^ "Official NXT Tag Team Championship Title History". World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).