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Shaun Ricker (November 11, 1982) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Eli Drake where he is a one-time TNA King of the Mountain Champion. He was previously signed to a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling under the NXT brand. In 2013 he appeared on the TNT reality television show "The Hero", which is hosted by semi-retired WWE star The Rock.

Career

Ricker made his debut in 2002, working two matches for the National Wrestling Alliance "Wildside" promotion during the months of February 2002, January 2003 and April 2003.

Independent circuit (2003-present)

Heartland Wrestling Association (2003-2009)

Ricker began working regularly for the Ohio-based promotion Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) in 2003 under the ring-name of Deuce. He competed in various matches that included singles and tag-team action before challenging unsuccessfully for the HWA Heavyweight Championship against Chad Collyer in a Title vs. Career match held on October 31, 2006. Ricker would not return to HWA until late 2007 returning under the name of Dick Rick at HWA Reborn in a losing title match against Brian Jennings for the HWA Heavyweight Championship on November 9. During 2008, Dick Rick competed in numerous tournament-styled matches for the Number 1 contender status for the HWA Heavyweight Championship. He won a three-way match against Deja Vu and JT Stahr on November 5 for the No. 1 Contender title. On November 12 Rick lost to Champion Jake Christ in the title match for the Heavyweight Championship. After wrestling in an unsuccessful four-way elimination match for No. 1 Contender status on March 18, 2009, Rick went on to compete in several more tournament-styled matches before wrestling his last HWA match on June 3, losing to JT Stahr.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008)

Ricker made his first WWE appearance officially in 2008 in a dark match on the ECW program, teaming with Gene Snitsky in a losing effort against Cryme Tyme.

Mach One Pro Wrestling (2009-2011)

After HWA, Ricker started working for Mach One Pro Wrestling (M1W) in late 2009. His first match was at M1W Fight Night, losing to Tommy Wilson on October 16. He then won two consecutive matches in singles action against Andrew Hellman during M1W Fight Night on October 23 and again on October 30. Ricker went on to team with Willie Mack defeating Andrew Hellman and Sonny Samson. He faced and lost to Brian Cage in singles and tag-team action during the months of November and December. Cage would be the man Ricker would later form the team known as Natural Selection. Finding initial success as a tag team, Ricker and Cage went on during the January month in 2010, competing in a tag team tournament, winning all of their matches including the final match for the M1W Tag Team Championships on January 29 from the team of The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma). However, Champions lost the titles to the same team they defeated to first win them at the M1W event on April 16. Ricker's last match for M1W was on October 29, 2011, defeating Nick Madrid at M1W Wrath Of Con III.

Future Stars Of Wrestling (2011)

Ricker debuted on August 28 at FSW No Risk No Reward 2 where he and Mempho Mofo wrestled a tag match won by The Sons Of Texas (Brandon Gatson & Jody Kristofferson).

Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (2011-2016)

During December 2011, Ricker moved to work for the promotion Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH). He rejoined forces with Brian Cage, reforming The Natural Selection tag team and won the NWA Heritage Tag Team Championships on December 8, from The RockNES Monsters.

2012 was highlighted with Ricker's participation in the Percy Pringle III Cup Tournament, during which he was eliminated in the match final by Ryan Taylor. On December 2, 2012, Ricker wrestled in a Ten Man Gauntlet won by Brian Cage for the Number One Contendership right to challenge for the CWFH International Television Championship.

Ricker found success in singles and tournament-based matches, by winning the CWFH 30-Man Red Carpet Rumble to win the CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Championship on May 5, 2013 and successfully defended it that same night. Ricker however, lost the title later that night to Scorpio Sky in a Loser Leaves CWFH match. Ricker returned the following month on June 9 to defeat Ryan Taylor, leading his succession of victories over Christian Cole and Big Duke in two separate matches on that date.

Ricker returned on December 20, 2014 and defeated Eric Cross in a singles match. The following year, Ricker returned on January 20, 2015 to compete in a Number Contender Gauntlet Battle Royal won by Willie Mack. During 2016, Ricker appeared during the January 24 CWFH TV Taping where he defeated Douglas James. On April 10 at CWFH Coastline Clash, Ricker defeated Big Duke in a Best Two Out Of Three Falls Match.

Return to World Wrestling Entertainment (2013-2014)

NXT developmental territory (2013-2014)

Ricker returned to WWE in October 2013, being assigned to its training roster NXT. His NXT debut was on October 23rd, in a dark match, defeating Yoshi Tatsu. From there, Ricker went on to wrestle a total of 13 matches. He was later released from his contract on August 1, 2014.

Return to Independent circuit (2014-present)

Full Impact Pro (2014)

At FIP: Fallout 2014, on September 5, Ricker teamed with WWE NXT alumni Mason Ryan and Michael Tarver, in a losing six-man tag team tournament semi final match against Dos Ben Dejos (Jay Cruz & Jay Rios) & Lince Dorado. On that same date, Ricker, Ryan and Tarver defeated All Business (Blake Edwards Belakus, Jesus De Leon & The American Viking) during the first round of the tournament match.

Return to Future Stars Of Wrestling (2014-present)

Ricker debuted on November 21, 2014 at FSW Luck Of The Draw where he defeated Kenny King. He became the FSW Heavyweight Champion beginning on November 19, 2016 after Kevin Kross.

Pro Wrestling Revolution (2015-2016)

Ricker debuted on the May 17, 2015 edition of PWR, teaming with Oliver John as team La Migra in a tag match won by Blue Demon Jr. & El Mariachi. On October 11 at PWR, Ricker debuted as El Hijo de Trump and defeated El Mariachi. Six days later on October 17, he won a victory against El Campesino II.

Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (2016)

Beginning on June 3, Ricker his TNA ring name of Eli Drake, joined the first night of the AAA Lucha Libre Victoria World Cup tour. His first night match against Dr. Wagner Jr. ended in a time limit draw. Later that same night, he and Tyrus as Team USA TNA and their opponents Team Mexico Internacional (Dr. Wagner Jr., Dragon Azteca Jr. & Rey Mysterio Jr.) wrestled to a time limit draw also. On the third night of the tour, Drake, Ethan Carter III & Tyrus as Team USA TNA wrestled in a four-team battle royal match won by Team Resto del Mundo (Apolo, Mil Muertes & Rockstar Spud), against Team Japan Oudou ZERO1 (Akebono, Ikuto Hidaka & Masato Tanaka), Team Mexico Leyendas (Blue Demon Jr., El Canek & La Parka) and Drake's team.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2015-present)

On February 16, Ricker competed in a TNA GutCheck Five-Way Elimination match won by Camacho, against Crimson, Dalton Castle and Martin Stone. He wrestled a second match during that same night, defeating Crazzy Steve. During the March 14 taping of Impact Wrestling, Ricker now wrestling by the ring name Eli Drake, joined Drew Galloway and Myka as the team The Rising to defeat The Beatdown Clan (Kenny King, Low Ki & MVP) by disqualification. Drake and the Rising feuded for a short time during 2015 until June 24 when the Beatdown Clan defeated the Rising in a Four On Three Handicap Elimination match requiring in the losing team to dissolve its stable indefinitely.

During his post-Rising period, Drake joined a title series hunt for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Over the course of July, Drake advanced through the series, ending his series point score at 7 by the time he faced his final opponent Crimson. During the TNA Road To Bound For Glory Tour, Drake faced the likes of Tommy Dreamer, defeating him in their first match during the tour, before losing to Dreamer in a rematch the following night of the tour held during September 17 and 18. On the fourth night of the tour, Drake challenged Bobby Roode for the TNA King of the Mountain Championship, losing his title match on October 2 and again to Roode in a title rematch on the fifth and final night of the tour. At Bound for Glory XI, Drake participated in a Bound For Gold Gauntlet Battle Royal won by Tyrus.

On January 8, 2016, Drake formed a short-lived tag team with Jessie Godderz in a challenge for the TNA World Tag Team Championship held by The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) in a three way match won by The Wolves against Drake & Godderz and Drew Galloway & Kurt Angle. On January 9, Drake teamed with Galloway, Grado and James Storm in winning a Feast Or Fired Match against Aiden O'Shea and Bobby Roode and Bram, Chris Melendez, Eric Young, Jessie Godderz and Robbie E and Rockstar Spud. On January 30, Drake wrestled in his first Six Sides Of Steel Match where he was defeated by Grado. On April 21, Drake had his first title shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship where he was defeated by former teammate Drew Galloway. On April 23, Drake wrestled in a King Of The Mountain Match won by defending TNA King Of The Mountain Champion Bram, against Drake, Andrew Everett, Eddie Edwards and Jessie Godderz. On that same date, Drake faced Bram in a title match for the King of the Mountain Championship in which he won the title for the first time. Three months later on July 14, Drake lost the title to James Storm. During the August 12th edition of Impact, Drake took part of in a Number One Contendership Battle Royal won by Mike Bennett for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On the following night of Impact Drake won a Quarter Final match against his tag team partner Jessie Godderz, to advance in the tournament to crown the new TNA Grand Champion before being eliminated in the semi finals by Aron Rex. On the August 14 taping of the TNA One Night Only: September 2016 event, Drake teamed with Sienna, in a mixed tag team match won by Grado & Jade On October 8, Drake unsuccessfully challenged for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Eddie Edwards. Drake's final TNA match of 2016 was on the October 9th edition of Impact where he was defeated by Ethan Carter III.

Drake returned at TNA One Night Only on January 6, 2017 where he teamed with Tyrus in a tag team title match won by defending champions The Broken Hardys (Brother Nero & Matt Hardy). On January 7, Drake teamed with Paredyse at TNA One Night Only: Joker's Wild in the first round of the Joker's Wild where they were defeated by Brother Nero & DJ Z. During the January 8 TNA Tapings, Drake won a victory against Mahabali Shera. Two nights later on January 10, Drake teamed with Tyrus in a Three On Two Handicap Match won by the Death Crew Council (Bram, James Storm & Kingston). Later during the same taping, Drake lost a rematch against Ethan Carter III and on January 11, lost a match to Tyrus by disqualification.

In Wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Blunt Force Trauma (Knee lift / Discus clothesline combination)
    • Bottom Rung (Spinning facebuster)
    • Gravy Train (Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker)
  • Nicknames
    • "The Prince of Eternia"
    • "The Namer of Dummies"


  • Entrance themes
    • "Wish It Away' by Psyko Dalek (TNA; March 14, 2015 – May 1, 2015; used as a member of The Rising)
    • "The Ghost In Us" by Dale Oliver (TNA; May 11, 2015 – July 1, 2015; used as a member of The Rising)
    • "Enshrine" (Instrumental) by Jeff Hardy (TNA; October 4, 2015 – present)


Championships and Accomplishments

External links

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling roster

AbyssAiden O'SheaAndrew EverettAron RexBilly CorganBramBraxton SutterBrother NeroCaleb KonleyCody RhodesCrazzy SteveD'Angelo DineroDavey RichardsDJ ZDrew GallowayEddie EdwardsEli DrakeEthan Carter IIIGradoGregory Shane HelmsJames StormJeremy BorashJessie GodderzJosh BarnettJosh MatthewsKingstonLashleyMahabali SheraMarshe RockettMatt HardyMike BennettMooseRobbie ERockstar SpudTrevor LeeTyrus

Knockouts

Alisha EdwardsAllieAngelina LoveBrandi RhodesBrookeGail KimJadeLaurel Van NessMadison RayneMariaReby HardyRosemarySienna

Stables & Tag Teams

The Broken HardysDCCDecayThe Helms Dynasty

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