The Brawling Brutes
Brawling Brutes.jpg
MembersSheamus (leader)
Ridge Holland
Name(s)The Brawling Brutes
Billed heightsSheamus: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Holland: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Butch: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed fromIreland by way of Boston
Debut19 November 2021
Years active2021–present

The Brawling Brutes is an Irish and British professional wrestling stable. The group consists of Irish wrestler Sheamus, who serves as its leader, and English wrestlers Ridge Holland and Butch. They currently perform in the American wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand.


During the 2021 WWE Draft, Holland was drafted from NXT to SmackDown. On 5 November episode of SmackDown, during a backstage interview, Holland referred to Sheamus as his idol.[1] 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.[2] On 1 January 2022 at Day 1, Holland would team with Sheamus to defeat Cesaro and Ricochet, however, during the match, Holland would suffer a broken nose and would be removed mid-match.

In March, they would enter a feud with The New Day, where on the 11 March episode of SmackDown, Sheamus and Holland introduced Butch as part of their stable. According to Sheamus, he found Butch in pub's in Ireland, who had previously been stablemates with Holland in the Kings of NXT, under his previous ring name Pete Dunne. After an overhead belly-to-belly suplex by Holland on Big E legitimately broke the latter's neck,[3] Big E was promptly removed from the rivalry, leaving only Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. On Night 2 of WrestleMania 38, Holland and Sheamus defeated Kingston and Woods in a tag-team match.

On the 19 August episode of SmackDown, Sheamus won a fatal five-way match, earning a match against Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship at Clash at the Castle.[4] The following week on SmackDown, Sheamus and Gunther had a confrontation, in which Sheamus and Gunther's respective allies, Butch and Ludwig Kaiser, engaged in a brawl while Sheamus and Gunther remained motionless, staring each other down, and eventually started a slow face turn for their stable.[5] At Clash at the Castle, Sheamus lost to Gunther, but received a standing ovation from the Cardiff crowd in a critically acclaimed 5-star match according to Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, cementing the stable's face turn. On the 23 September episode of SmackDown, Holland and Butch faced The Usos for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship[disambiguation needed] but were unsuccessful after interference from Imperium, then on the 4 October episode of NXT faced Pretty Deadly for the NXT Tag Team Championship in a losing effort after interference from Imperium. Four days later at Extreme Rules, The Brawling Brutes defeated Imperium in a six-man tag team Good Old Fashioned Donnybrook match. After defeating The Bloodline's Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa in a tag team match, Holland and Butch received another opportunity against The Usos at Crown Jewel where they failed to win the titles. 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.[6]


* Founding member(s)
L Leader


Member Joined
November 19, 2021*
Ridge Holland November 19, 2021*
Butch March 11, 2022


Associate Joined
Drew McIntyre November 18, 2022


  1. ^ "Ridge Holland can't wait to meet Sheamus: SmackDown, Nov. 5, 2021". November 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Powell, Jason (November 19, 2021). "11/19 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Sasha Banks vs. Shotzi, Sheamus vs. Ricochet vs. Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal in a four-way for the final spot on Team Smackdown, Roman Reigns takes his seat on the throne, the final push for Survivor Series". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Currier, Joseph (March 12, 2022). "WWE's Big E provides update on broken neck, won't need surgery". Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  4. ^ Barnett, Jake (August 19, 2022). "8/19 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Barnett's review of Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre meet face to face, Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne vs. Sonya Deville and Natalya in a WWE Women's Tag Title tournament match, Sheamus vs. Happy Corbin vs. Sami Zayn vs. Ricochet vs. Riddick Moss for a shot at the Intercontinental Title at WWE Clash at the Castle". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  5. ^ "8/26 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn, Happy Corbin vs. Ricochet, Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah face the winners of a second chance four-way in the WWE Women's Tag Team Title tournament semifinals". 26 August 2022.
  6. ^ Powell, Jason (November 26, 2022). "WWE Survivor Series WarGames results: Powell's review of The Bloodline vs. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, and The Brawling Brutes in a WarGames match, Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, and Mia Yim vs. Rhea Ripley, Nikki Cross, and Damage CTRL in a WarGames match, Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory for the U.S. Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 27, 2022.