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Ridge Holland
Born (1988-05-29) 29 May 1988 (age 35)
Ring name(s)Luke Menzies
Ridge Holland[1]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Billed weight260 lb (18 st 8 lb; 120 kg)[1]
Billed fromYorkshire, England
Trained byMarty Jones[1]
Debut30 September 2017[1]
Rugby league career
Personal information
Full nameLuke Menzies
Playing information
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Weight17 st 13 lb (114 kg)[2]
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–07 Batley Bulldogs 22 2 0 0 8
2008 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Oldham 27 3 0 0 12
2010–11 Dewsbury Rams 28 4 0 0 16
2012 Batley Bulldogs 5 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Hunslet Hawks 37 0 0 0 0
2014 Swinton Lions 25 4 0 0 16
2015 Salford Red Devils 1 0 0 0 0
2015(loan) York City Knights 1 0 0 0 0
2015(loan) Halifax 2 0 0 0 0
Total 150 13 0 0 52
Source: [3][4]

Luke Menzies (born 29 May 1988) is an English professional wrestler and former professional rugby league player. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Ridge Holland. He was a member of The Brawling Brutes.

Menzies spent the majority of his rugby league career with various clubs in the Rugby Football League Championship, making one appearance in the Super League for Hull Kingston Rovers in 2008. He began pursuing a career in professional wrestling in 2016 and signed with WWE in 2018.

Rugby league career

Menzies signed for Hull Kingston Rovers in September 2007, making one appearance in the Super League in 2008.[5] He later appeared for a number of lower league clubs such as Batley Bulldogs, Oldham, Dewsbury Rams, Hunslet,[5] and Swinton Lions.[6][7] He joined Salford Red Devils in 2014, making one appearance for the club.[8] In 2015, he joined York City Knights on loan.[9] Later that year, he joined Halifax on loan. In 2017, he joined the Toronto Wolfpack for their inaugural season.[7]

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2016–2018)

Menzies was trained to be a professional wrestler by British wrestling legend Marty Jones,[10] before making a name for himself in the North East of England for promotions like 3 Count Wrestling, New Generation Wrestling and Tidal Championship Wrestling.[11][10] On 11 December 2017, Menzies made an appearance for Defiant Wrestling in a losing effort against Jurn Simmons.[11]

On 21 April 2018, Menzies defeated El Ligero, Joseph Conners and champion Rampage Brown in a 4-Way Elimination Match to win the 3CW Championship.[12] He ended up losing the title back to Rampage Brown a month later due to him signing a contract with WWE and relocating to Florida.[11]

Menzies' final match on the British independent circuit took place on 23 June for Southside Wrestling, where Menzies was defeated by Gabriel Kidd.[11]

WWE

NXT (2018–2021)

See also: The Kings of NXT

In November 2016, Menzies attended a WWE tryout in Scotland.[6][10] In May 2018, it was announced that he had signed with WWE.[10] He debuted at an NXT live event on 28 July, defeating Mars Wang.[13] On 29 August episode of NXT, he made his televised debut in a losing effort to Keith Lee.[14] On 21 November 2019, he made his television debut for the NXT UK brand under the ring name Ridge Holland, defeating Oliver Carter.[15]

On 7 August 2020 episode of NXT, Holland made his first appearance for the brand since 2018, taking part in a triple threat match against Oney Lorcan and Damian Priest in which the winner would go on to NXT TakeOver XXX to compete in a ladder match for the vacant NXT North American Championship, which Priest won.[16] Dexter Lumis was soon pulled out of the ladder match at NXT TakeOver XXX due to an ankle injury,[17] and since Holland was not pinned or submitted in his qualifying match as a result of Lorcan being pinned, he was given the chance to face Johnny Gargano on the 19 August episode of NXT with the winner being added to the ladder match; he lost due to interference from Gargano's wife Candice LeRae.[18]

At NXT TakeOver 31 on 4 October, after the main event of Kyle O'Reilly against Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship, he appeared at ringside carrying O'Reilly's unconscious Undisputed Era teammate Adam Cole over his shoulders, having apparently attacked Cole; he dropped Cole over the barricade in front of Bálor and O'Reilly before leaving, establishing himself as a heel.[19] On 7 October episode of NXT, Holland brawled with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch after defeating Burch in a match; as he caught Lorcan leaping over the top rope to deliver a cross-body, Holland's legs gave out from under him, and he had to be stretchered out of the arena,[20] reportedly suffering an ankle dislocation and fracture in his left leg and a knee patellar dislocation and patellar tendon rupture in his right leg.[21][22]

After a nine-month absence due to injury, Holland returned on 27 July 2021 episode of NXT, assisting Oney Lorcan and Pete Dunne in defeating Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher and subsequently beat both men down post match, teasing an alliance between the three.[23] On 7 September episode of NXT, Holland and Dunne attacked Lorcan and Danny Burch, ending their alliance.[24] On 12 October episode of NXT 2.0, Holland wrestled his final match on NXT, where he and Dunne lost to Kyle O'Reilly and Von Wagner.[25]

The Brawling Brutes (2021–2023)

Main article: The Brawling Brutes

The Brawling Brutes at the Clash at the Castle event in 2022. (L–R: Holland, Sheamus, and Butch)

As part of 2021 Draft, Holland was drafted to the SmackDown brand.[26][27] On 5 November 2021 episode of SmackDown, during a backstage interview, Holland referred to Sheamus as his idol.[28] On 19 November episode of SmackDown, Holland helped Sheamus defeat Cesaro, Ricochet, and Jinder Mahal in a four-way match, starting an alliance between the two.[29] Holland made his main roster in-ring debut the following week on SmackDown, where he lost to Cesaro, as well as a battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the Universal Championship later that night.[30] A rematch between Holland and Cesaro was set for 17 December episode of SmackDown,[31] which Holland won.[32] On 1 January 2022 at Day 1, Holland and Sheamus defeated Cesaro and Ricochet.[33] During the match, Holland suffered a broken nose and was removed mid-match.[34] On 29 January at Royal Rumble, Holland participated in his first Royal Rumble match at #5, lasting 19 minutes before being eliminated by AJ Styles.[35] On 11 March episode of SmackDown, Holland and Sheamus introduced Dunne, who was subsequently renamed "Butch", as part of their stable.[36] On the same show, a match between the team of Sheamus and Holland and The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) saw Holland delivering an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Big E at ringside, resulting in Big E accidentally landing on the top of his head; he was placed onto a stretcher and taken to a hospital.[37][38] On Night 2 of WrestleMania 38 on 3 April, Holland and Sheamus defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) in a quick match.[39]

At Clash at the Castle on 3 September, Holland managed Sheamus against Gunther in a critically acclaimed Intercontinental Championship match; though Sheamus was unsuccessful, he received a standing ovation from the Cardiff crowd, effectively turning Holland and The Brawling Brutes face in the process.[40] On 16 September episode of SmackDown, Holland and Butch won a fatal four-way tag team match to become the #1 contenders for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship.[41] The following week, they faced the champions The Usos for the titles in a losing effort after interference from Imperium (Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci).[42] Holland and Butch also appeared on 4 October episode of NXT to challenge Pretty Deadly (Elton Prince and Kit Wilson) for the NXT Tag Team Championship, but lost due to Imperium's interference.[43] Four days later at Extreme Rules, The Brawling Brutes defeated Imperium in a six-man tag team Good Old Fashioned Donnybrook match.[44] On 5 November at Crown Jewel, Holland and Butch failed to win the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship from the Usos.[45] Three weeks later at Survivor Series: WarGames on 26 November, The Brawling Brutes, along with Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens, lost to The Bloodline in a WarGames match.[46]

On the 17 November 2023 episode of SmackDown, visible dissension appeared between Holland and Butch after a loss to Street Profits. One week later, Holland walked out on Butch during a tag team match against Pretty Deadly, resulting in a loss in what would be their final match as a team.

Return to NXT (2023–present)

Holland returned to the NXT brand on 19 December episode of NXT, challenging NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov to a title match, which Dragunov accepted. During the match, Holland dropped Dragunov on his head, which caused him to seemingly (kayfabe) injured his neck (referencing the way Holland injured Big E the year prior) and had to be stretchered off.[47]

Championships and accomplishments

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