81 Facts About Roderick Strong


Roderick Strong is best known for his tenure with WWE, where he performed on the NXT brand.


Roderick Strong is known for his 13-year tenure with Ring of Honor, where he is a former one-time ROH World Champion, a two-time ROH World Television Champion, and a one-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with Austin Aries, which made him the second-ever ROH Triple Crown Champion.


Roderick Strong worked for IPW Hardcore and NWA Florida, before debuting for ROH in September 2003.


In mid-2004, Strong joined forces with Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, and Jack Evans, collectively known as Generation Next.


Roderick Strong later turned on Aries, forming a new faction, the No Remorse Corps, with Davey Richards and Rocky Romero.


Roderick Strong toured Japan with Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Noah and had a brief stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2005.


Roderick Strong attended the University of South Florida on an academic scholarship.


Roderick Strong wrestled his first match for the Independent Professional Wrestling promotion, competing in a twenty-man cruiserweight Battle royal.


Roderick Strong was initially one-third of a stable known as "Risk Factor" with The Kamikaze Kid and Kid Lethal before he formed a tag team with his trainee and kayfabe brother, Sedrick Strong.


The Roderick Strong Brothers defeated Wrongful Death for the IPW Tag Team Championship on June 28,2002 in St Petersburg, Florida.


Roderick Strong defeated David Babylon for the Florida Unified Cruiserweight Championship on July 19,2003, in St Petersburg.


Roderick Strong lost the title to Jerrelle Clark in a four-way match on December 13,2003 in St Petersburg.


Clark vacated the title on January 10,2004, after winning the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, and Roderick Strong defeated Mikey Batts for the vacant title on February 21 in the New Alhambra Sports and Entertainment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Roderick Strong lost the title to Sedrick Strong on April 29,2004, in New Port Richey, Florida.


On January 13,2005, Roderick Strong made a one-off appearance in World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown episode, representing Tampa.


Roderick Strong joined the Pennsylvania-based Ring of Honor promotion in September 2003.


Roderick Strong began punctuating his ring style with stiff offense while acting as the enforcer of Generation Next.


On September 24 at 2005 Survival of the Fittest, Roderick Strong defeated Samoa Joe, Jay Lethal, Generation Next teammate Austin Aries, and Colt Cabana to win the titular event, thus earning himself another shot at the ROH World Championship in the future.


In February 2007, Roderick Strong turned on Aries to form a new faction with Davey Richards called the No Remorse Corps.


Roderick Strong then began to feud with Stevens over the FIP title.


Roderick Strong lost the title to Stevens at Final Battle 2007, but won it back at FIP Redefined.


Roderick Strong continued to hold onto the belt in several matches with Stevens, and won a Fight Without Honor against Stevens at ROH Respect is Earned II by superplexing Stevens off a ladder through two tables.


Roderick Strong accepted the position as Black promised that, should he win the title, Roderick Strong will be given a championship match.


On May 22,2010, Roderick Strong turned into a villain and debuted Truth Martini as his new manager.


On September 11,2010, at Glory By Honor IX, Roderick Strong defeated Tyler Black in a No Disqualification match to win the ROH World Championship for the first time.


Roderick Strong then took a brief leave of absence from ROH to travel to Pro Wrestling Noah with ROH World Television Champion Eddie Edwards to participate in the Nippon Television Junior Heavyweight Tag League.


On March 2,2011, ROH announced that Roderick Strong had signed a new contract with the promotion.


On March 31,2012, at Showdown in the Sun, Roderick Strong defeated Jay Lethal to win the ROH World Television Championship for the first time, in the process becoming the second person to win the ROH Triple Crown.


Roderick Strong would go on to appear on the lower card for the first few months of 2015, defeating Christopher Daniels at Supercard of Honor IX.


At the first War of the Worlds event, Roderick Strong won his match with NJPW wrestler Kushida, but lost his match at the second event to NJPW mainstay Hiroshi Tanahashi, considered one of the top three stars of New Japan.


At Best in the World, Roderick Strong defeated Michael Elgin and Moose in a three-way match to become the number one contender to the ROH World Championship.


Roderick Strong received his title match at Death Before Dishonor XIII, challenging Jay Lethal, but was unsuccessful as the match went to a 60-minute time-limit draw.


Roderick Strong was successful in the match, capturing the TV title for the second time.


Roderick Strong's team was victorious, with Roderick Strong and Lethal being the only two remaining in the match.


Roderick Strong then went on to be pinned by Ishii in a three-way match at ROH 14th Anniversary, which involved Fish.


On June 22,2016, ROH announced that Roderick Strong would be leaving the promotion following the June 25 television tapings.


Roderick Strong made his Full Impact Pro debut in 2004 against Austin Aries.


On November 10,2006, in Inverness, Florida, Roderick Strong defeated Bryan Danielson in a title-versus-career match to win the FIP Heavyweight Championship, the heavyweight championship of the Floridian Full Impact Pro promotion.


On February 20,2015, Roderick Strong won the FIP World Heavyweight Championship for the third time.


At Bound for Glory, Roderick Strong competed in a Fatal 4-way match on the preshow which was won by Sonjay Dutt.


At Genesis, Roderick Strong competed in an Eight-man tag team elimination match which his team won.


Roderick Strong returned to TNA in April 2006, but was released shortly thereafter with his final TNA match being on the April 8 episode of Impact where he lost a World X Cup Three Way Qualifying Match which was won by Alex Shelley.


Roderick Strong has made several tours of Japan, starting in December 2005 with Dragon Gate.


Roderick Strong made his Pro Wrestling Guerrilla debut on February 12,2005, losing to Ricky Reyes.


Roderick Strong defeated Rocky Romero in the opening and Dragon Kid in the quarterfinal rounds before losing to Davey Richards, the eventual winner, in the semifinals.


Originally, Roderick Strong was scheduled to team with Evans, but Evans was unable to appear.


Roderick Strong instead teamed with British wrestler PAC, defeating Richards and Super Dragon, the Muscle Outlaw'z and the Briscoe Brothers, respectively, to win the tournament and titles.


On February 24,2008, Roderick Strong took part in a one-night tournament to determine a new PWG World Champion.


Roderick Strong was supposed to face Low Ki for the title, and thus was given a bye into the final round.


The tournament final saw Roderick Strong wrestle Human Tornado and Karl Anderson in a three-way match, which Roderick Strong lost.


The next month, Roderick Strong beat Tyler Black in singles action.


Roderick Strong entered his third Battle of Los Angeles and was eliminated in the first round by eventual winner Low Ki.


At the 2009 DDT4 on May 22, Roderick Strong teamed with Bryan Danielson to make it to the final round for a third year in a row.


Roderick Strong received his second PWG World Championship title shot on August 28,2009, challenging Chris Hero, but was unable to win.


On January 30,2010, Roderick Strong wrestled Hero and Rob Van Dam in a three-way match at PWG's WrestleReunion 4 showcase.


Roderick Strong entered the 2010 Battle of Los Angeles and beat Paul London in the opening round before losing to Claudio Castagnoli the next day.


Roderick Strong entered the 2011 Battle of Los Angeles and was eliminated by Eddie Edwards in the opening round.


At PWG's eleventh anniversary show, Roderick Strong defeated Adam Cole to become the No 1 contender for the PWG World Title which was held by Kyle O'Reilly.


At Untitled II, Roderick Strong unsuccessfully challenged O'Reilly for the title.


At Black Cole Sun, Roderick Strong defeated O'Reilly in a Guerrilla Warfare match to win the PWG World Championship for the first time after goading O'Reilly into a match after O'Reilly defeated BOLA winner Ricochet in a near thirty-minute match.


Roderick Strong successfully defended the title against Trevor Lee at From Out of Nowhere, Zack Sabre Jr.


At Mystery Vortex III, Roderick Strong successfully defended the title against "Speedball" Mike Bailey in an open challenge and later helped The Young Bucks capture the PWG World Tag Team Championship and afterwards formed a new version of the Mount Rushmore stable with them and the returning Super Dragon.


On March 5,2016, Roderick Strong lost the PWG World Championship to Zack Sabre Jr.


Roderick Strong followed the match with a farewell speech to signal his departure from PWG after eleven years with the promotion.


Roderick Strong made his NXT debut on the October 19,2016 episode of NXT as Austin Aries' partner in the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, defeating Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight.


Roderick Strong defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio in his first TakeOver appearance.


Roderick Strong then began a rivalry with the faction SAnitY after coming to the aid of Tye Dillinger and No Way Jose, who were battling the group.


At NXT TakeOver: Orlando, Roderick Strong teamed with Dillinger, Ruby Riot and Kassius Ohno to take on SAnitY in an 8-person mixed tag team match in a losing effort.


Roderick Strong entered a storyline with The Undisputed Era.


For weeks, the trio tried to recruit Roderick Strong to join the group in an attempt to overtake NXT.


Roderick Strong entered the fray and pulled out an Undisputed Era armband, seemingly joining the group.


However, Roderick Strong attacked the three, and cleared the ring alongside The Authors of Pain.


At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, during the triple threat match for the NXT Tag Team Championship and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy, Roderick Strong turned on his partner Pete Dunne and joined The Undisputed Era, turning heel.


The next morning at WrestleMania Axxess, Roderick Strong teamed with O'Reilly to defend the NXT Tag Team Championship, making him one of the champions via the Freebird Rule.


At NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, O'Reilly and Roderick Strong defeated Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship.


On day 2 of the 2018 WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, O'Reilly and Roderick Strong lost the NXT Tag Team Championship against Moustache Mountain.


Roderick Strong then began feuding with Dexter Lumis, who came to Velveteen Dream's aid to help him in his war with The Undisputed Era.


Roderick Strong's teammates attempted to curtail his sudden panic and fear by having him go to therapy but his therapist was O'Reilly in disguise, due to Cole's paranoia that Strong might renounce villainy as a result of his encounter with Dexter.


At The Great American Bash, Roderick Strong lost to Lumis in a strap match.


At NXT WarGames, Roderick Strong defeated Joe Gacy, retaining his championship.


Roderick Strong won the title a second time just with O'Reilly.