LaRouche on ECW as Bam Neely
|Birth name||Justin Bruce Rocheleau|
|Ring name(s)||Bam Neely
|Billed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Billed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
June 18, 1975 |
|Billed from||Robbinsdale, Minnesota|
|Trained by||Richard Martin
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Justin Bruce Rocheleau (born June 18, 1975) is an American former professional wrestler. He is best known for his stint with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its ECW brand under the ring name Bam Neely (a take off of retired professional ice hockey player Cam Neely's nickname).
Professional wrestling career
Rocheleau started his career wrestling in the tag team known as the "Hellraisers". He wrestled under the name "Hellraiser Gutz" and was trained and mentored by his uncle Richard Martin, who wrestled as "Hellraiser Blood". They traveled across the United States, winning several tag team championships from the numerous independent promotions around the country and were the main event draw in almost every city that they appeared in for nearly a decade. However, Rocheleau struck out as singles wrestler due to Martin suffering a career-ending illness. He began wrestling as "Magnus Maximus" in Ed Hellier's Steel Domain Wrestling in 2002.
World Wrestling Entertainment
He entered the business alongside such names as Ken Anderson, Austin Aries, Colt Cabana, Shawn Daivari, CM Punk, and Lenny Lane before signing with WWE's former developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling under the name Justin "The Ox" LaRouche, where he won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championships with Charles "The Hammer" Evans. They would lose the titles to the Major Brothers, who ironically became members of La Familia (as the Rated-R Entourage of Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder), the stable which he would join upon making his WWE debut.
Rocheleau made his WWE television debut on the ECW brand on April 8, 2008 when after Kane and Chavo Guerrero signed the contract for their ECW Championship rematch at Backlash, LaRouche stormed the ring, aiding Guerrero (as well as Hawkins and Ryder) in beating down Kane and putting him through a table.
Rocheleau's character was then revealed to be "Bam Neely", a former border guard who was hired as a bodyguard by Guerrero to help him win back the ECW Championship as well as provide backup for La Familia. He won his ECW in-ring debut by defeating then ECW Champion Kane in a handicap match while teaming with Guerrero. He had his first singles match on the June 20 edition of SmackDown in a losing effort against Matt Hardy. On the August 8 edition of SmackDown, Neely along with the rest of La Familia were all betrayed by Edge, and on the August 12 edition of ECW, Neely lost to Evan Bourne, with whom Guerrero and Neely had begun a minor feud.
On the October 24 episode of SmackDown during a non-title tag team match against the reigning Tag Team Champions Primo Colon and Carlito, Guerrero and Neely had some miscommunication which resulted in Guerrero slapping Neely and Neely throwing (and missing) a punch at Guerrero which distracted Neely long enough for Carlito to hit the Backstabber for the victory. This, in addition to earlier storyline issues fostered by inability to beat R-Truth, caused the team to disband.
The following week, on the October 28 episode of ECW, the duo would team one last time, as they and Mark Henry defeated then-ECW Champion Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, and Finlay. Afterwards, Neely only appeared on television once more in a losing effort to Hardy on the November 4 episode of ECW before he was released from WWE on January 9, 2009.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Steel Domain Wrestling
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- IMDB profile
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