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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. 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.


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.

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 on 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 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.

Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (2011-Present)

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. Ricker found success in singles and tournament-based matches, by winning the CWFH 30-Man Red Carpet Rumble for the CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Title on May 5, 2013 and successfully defended it that same night.

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.

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.

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

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Total Nonstop Action Wrestling roster

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Stables & Tag Teams

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