Josh Briggs
Briggs in July 2019
Birth nameJoshua Bruns
Born (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 (age 30)
Bullhead City, Arizona, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Josh Briggs[1]
Billed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)[1]
Billed weight268 lb (122 kg)[1]
Trained byBrian Fury
Mike Hollow[1]
WWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 14, 2016[1]

Joshua Bruns (born March 5, 1993) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Josh Briggs. He is currently signed to WWE where he performs on the NXT brand. In WWE, he is a one-time NXT UK Tag Team Champion with Brooks Jensen, and he and Jensen are recognized as the final holders of the championship. He previously appeared for Evolve, where he was the final Evolve Champion.

Early life

Bruns played football at UMass after two years at Glendale Community College in Arizona.[2]

Professional wrestling career

On August 31, 2020, it was reported that Briggs had signed a contract with WWE, following the company's purchase of Evolve in July.[3] On October 7, WWE announced that he had reported for training at the Performance Center, alongside five other professional wrestlers from Evolve.[4] On July 6, 2021, Briggs was announced to be a part of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. On the July 27 episode of NXT, Briggs was defeated by Carmelo Hayes in the first round.[5] On the NXT 2.0 premiere on September 14, Briggs formed a tag team with the debuting Brooks Jensen and faced Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) in a losing effort, establishing themselves as faces.[6] On the January 18, 2022 episode of NXT, Briggs and Jensen competed in the Dusty Rhodes Men's Tag Team Classic, but were eliminated by eventual winners the Creed Brothers (Brutus and Julius) in the first round.[7] On the April 12 episode of NXT, they took part in a five-team gauntlet match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship, but failed to win.[8] On the June 22 episode of NXT UK, Briggs and Jensen defeated Dave Mastiff and Jack Starz, Mark Andrews and Wild Boar, and Die Familie (Teoman and Rohan Raja) in a Fatal 4-Way elimination match to win the vacant NXT UK Tag Team Championship, making them the first and only non-European tag team to win the titles.

On the December 27, 2023 episode of NXT, Briggs, Jensen and Henley agree to go their separate ways splitting up the team.[9] On the January 16, 2024 episode of NXT, Briggs received an endorsement from John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a backstage segment.[10] The following week, Briggs took on Trick Williams in a losing effort. After the match, Briggs attacked Trick with a clothesline, thus turning heel for the first time in his WWE career.[11] On the February 6 episode of NXT, Briggs seemingly consoled his former partner Brooks Jensen about having to work alone, only to then badmouth him about growing up, thus cementing his heel turn.

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Josh Briggs". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Josh Bruns - Football". University of Massachusetts Athletics.
  3. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (August 31, 2020). "Report: WWE Signs Six Former EVOLVE Talents". Fightful. Archived from the original on November 6, 2021. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "EVOLVE standouts, NCAA All-American among new recruits at WWE Performance Center". WWE. October 7, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Moore, John (July 27, 2021). "7/27 NXT TV results: Moore's review of Adam Cole vs. Bronson Reed, Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher vs. Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan, Carmelo Hayes vs. Josh Briggs in an NXT Breakout Tournament match, Franky Monet and Jessi Kamea vs. Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on April 12, 2022. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  6. ^ Moore, John (September 14, 2021). "9/14 NXT TV results: Moore's review of the NXT 2.0 premiere with Tommaso Ciampa vs. Kyle O'Reilly vs. LA Knight vs. Pete Dunne for the vacant NXT Championship, Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis wedding, Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro vs. Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, B-Fab's in-ring debut". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on March 16, 2022. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Moore, John (January 18, 2022). "1/18 NXT 2.0 results: Moore's review of Walter vs. Roderick Strong, Julius Creed and Brutus Creed vs. Brooks Jensen and Josh Briggs in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament match, Kay Lee Ray vs. Ivy Nile, Tony D'Angelo's memorial service for Pete Dunne". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on January 27, 2022. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Moore, John (April 12, 2022). "4/12 NXT 2.0 results: Moore's review of a five-team gauntlet for the vacant NXT Tag Titles, Cameron Grimes vs. Solo Sikoa for the NXT North American Title, Mandy Rose vs. Dakota Kai for the NXT Women's Championship, Von Wagner vs. Kushida, Xyon Quinn vs. Draco Anthony". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on May 7, 2022. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  9. ^ Gronemann, Markus (June 23, 2022). "NXT UK results: Tag Team Championship four-way elimination match". Figure Four Online. Archived from the original on June 24, 2022. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  10. ^ "JBL gives Josh Briggs some advice: NXT highlights, Jan. 16, 2024". WWE.com. January 16, 2024. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  11. ^ "Trick Williams vs. Josh Briggs: NXT highlights, Jan. 23, 2024". WWE.com. January 23, 2024. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
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