Raymond Rowe (August 21, 1984) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he is assigned to the developmental roster NXT. He was previously signed to Ring of Honor, where he performed as part of the tag team War Machine alongside Hanson.
Professional wrestling career
Ring of Honor (2013-2018)
After performing for several independent promotions since 2003, Rowe made his Ring of Honor debut on June 1, 2013 in a losing effort against Bobby Fish. Following this, he returned to ROH on January 4, 2014 as part of that year's Top Prospect Tournament and defeated Kongo Kong in a first round match. After managing to advance to the finals, Rowe ultimately lost the Tournament to Hanson. Despite this, Rowe began performing regularly performing for ROH following the tournament in addition to forming the tag team War Machine with Hanson on April 4, 2014.
In August, Rowe was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and was out of action for several months. On March 1, 2015, Rowe made his return to ROH at the promotion's 13th Anniversary Show by assisting his partner Hanson after the World Championship main event. On August 22, War Machine defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a non-title match and afterwards challenged them to a match for their GHC Tag Team Championship, a title owned by the Japanese Pro Wrestling Noah promotion. War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad. On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
On January 16, 2018, WWE, via WWE.com, announced that Rowe had signed a contract with the company and would be reporting to the WWE Performance Center. On March 22, Rowe and his longtime tag team partner Todd Hanson debuted in NXT in their first match, defeating Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi. During the April 11 NXT Tapings, Rowe and Hanson debuted their new tag team name War Raiders. They won their debut match under this name, defeating The Metro Brothers (Chris Metro & JC Metro). They won their second tag match during the April 11 tapings, defeating Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight). Two days later during the April 13 edition of NXT, the War Raiders defeated Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan. As of April 13, Rowe wrestles under his soley by his last name. Throughout the months of April, May and June, Rowe and Hanson as the War Raiders, maintained an undefeated streak in tag team competition.
- "Mr. Right"
- Tag teams and stables
- Theme music
- "Am I Evil?" by Metallica
Championships and accomplishments
- AIW Absolute Championship (1 time)