Reuben de Jong

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Reuben de Jong
Reuben de Jong 2010 1.jpg
Reuben de Jong at IPW Rival Turf, 21 August 2010.
Born Martin Reuben de Jong
Waitakere, West Auckland, New Zealand
Other names The Man Mountain
New Zealand's Strongest Man
Nationality New Zealander
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 140 kg (310 lb; 22 st)
Division Super Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand
Team Ray Sefo's Fight Academy
Trainer Ray Sefo
Karl Webber
Years active 2006–present
Kickboxing record
Total 4
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 3
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 2
Wins 2
Losses 0
Other information
University Waitakere College
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Reuben de Jong is a New Zealand heavyweight kickboxer, mixed martial artist, strongman and professional wrestler of Dutch descent. He is a two-time professional strongman champion of New Zealand and competed in the K-1 Kings of Oceania in 2006 and 2007. De Jong is the holder of two national records in the farmer's walk and stone lifting, and the Guinness World Record for running through the most panes of glass in under one minute. Also, he was signed with WWE under the name of Russell Walker in 2011, but was released the same year.

A television actor and stuntman, De Jong has had small roles in Maddigan's Quest, Legend of the Seeker, and as Theokoles in Spartacus: Blood and Sand. In 2010, he entered professional wrestling and became one of the stars of Impact Pro Wrestling, capturing the IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship within two months of his debut.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Waitakere, West Auckland, New Zealand, Reuben de Jong began working out while attending Waitakere College.[1] In one of his first strongman performances, he won notice at the 134th Waipu Highland Games and "put pressure on the two lead contenders" Pat Hellier and Australian Craig Reid. Brian O'Brien, committee secretary for the Highland Games, told the New Zealand Press Association that de Jong had "competed well in a number of the strongman events and would be one to watch in the future".[2]

He would eventually win the "New Zealand's Strongest Man" competition two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005, and was able to "pull 17-tonne trucks without breaking a sweat". On 1 April 2006, he was among the strongmen invited to compete in Freddy Hooker's "Strongest Man in the World Ever — Aotearoa 2006" at Mount Maunganui. The competition was judged by Levi Vaoga.[3] In July 2006, de Jong was featured in the Western Leader following his appearance as a Viking in a popular television advertisement. After joining Background Talent, a New Zealand-based talent agency, he landed roles in a number of feature films and television series including Maddigan's Quest, Narnia,Legend of the Seeker, and Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He was then in training as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter[1] and studied under Karl Webber[4] and Ray Sefo.

K-1 and Mixed martial arts[edit]

Reuben de Jong began his K-1 and MMA career shortly after graduating from Ray Sefo's Fight Academy. In the summer of 2006, he entered the K-1 Kings of Oceania, a qualifying tournament for the 2007 K-1 World Grand, at the Trusts Stadium on 24 June 2006. He lost to Jason Suttie in a 3rd round decision in Round 1 and Peter Sampson via TKO in Round 2, however, he managed to score a second round TKO over Simi Tai at Round 3 on 18 November 2006.[5][6] At the 2007 K-1 Kings of Oceania, he suffered another 3rd round decision loss to Jason Retti.[7] On 27 October 2007, he fought to a split decision with Felise Leniu at Carnage in the Cage held at the ASB Stadium.[8][9][10] He was also scheduled to face Sio Vitale[11] and Alexei Ignashov[12] during 2008, but took a break from professional fighting the next year.

Return to strongman competition[edit]

In January 2009, he and fellow New Zealand strongman Mick Cottrell represented the country at the 110th Browns Athletic Society's sporting carnival in competition against Australia's Craig Reid and Aaron Monks, and Scotland's Alastair Gunn and world champion caber tosser Malcolm Cleghorn. Sir Colin Earl Meads, a legendary rugby union lock forward for the All Blacks during the 1950s and 60s, was in attendance.[13][14]

The next month, de Jong was interviewed by the Howick and Pakuranga Times while training for the upcoming Highland Games on 1 March. He was specifically preparing for the farmer's walk, in which competitors attempt to walk as far as they can while carrying 125 kg weights in each hand, and stated his intention to break his own national record.[15] He had previously set the national record in this event at 251.5m[16] as well as holding the New Zealand record for stone lifting.[15]

On 24 July 2009, de Jong appeared on the first episode of NZ Smashes Guinness World Records where he broke the Guinness World Record for running through the most panes of glass in under one minute. The record was previously held by Czech footballer Martin Latka who smashed through 11 panes of glass on German television earlier that year.[17][18]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Impact Pro Wrestling NZ (2009-2011)[edit]

After nine months of training, de Jong made his debut as a professional wrestler for one of the country's three major promotions Impact Pro Wrestling, debuting in a Rookie Battle Royal match at IPW Nightmare Before Xmas 09, winning a contract with the company. His first match was against Les West defeating him at an IPW live event in Auckland on 20 March 2010; he made his television debut on IPW Ignition several weeks later.[19]

On 29 May 2010, he defeated "The One" Vinny Dunn at the IPW Genesis supercard for the IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship.[20][21] Dunn had beaten Alexander in the main event to retain the championship when he was unexpectedly confronted by de Jong, responding to the open challenge Dunn had issued to any pro wrestler in New Zealand the previous month, and Dunn agreed to face him in an impromptu match for the title.[22] The match was later aired on 22 July edition of IPW Ignition.[23]

De Jong lost the IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Championship back to "The One" Vinny Dunn on 21 August 2010, at IPW Rival Turf after he had been inadvertently struck in the head with a briefcase by his manager, Justin Lane. Dunn then forced de Jong to submit with an ankle lock.[24]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2011)[edit]

In February 2011 Reuben signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and began training at WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling developmental territory. De Jong is listed on FCW's roster under the name "Russell Walker."[25] At June he was released.

Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Return (2011- Current)[edit]

De Jong returned to IPW at Nightmare B4 Xmas in December 2011 defeating Tykade and Dominic Le Fauce via DQ in a Land of The Giants match.[26]

Championships[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Strongman competition[edit]

  • 2004 New Zealand's Strongest Man
  • 2005 New Zealand's Strongest Man

Fight record[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

1 Win (1 (T)KO's), 3 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
2007-04-14 Loss New Zealand Jason Retti K-1 Kings of Oceania 2007 Round 1, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 3 3:00
2006-11-18 Win New Zealand Simi Tai K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 3, Auckland, New Zealand TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 3:00
2006-09-16 Loss New Zealand Peter Sampson K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 2, Auckland, New Zealand TKO (Low kicks) 3 3:00
2006-06-24 Loss New Zealand Jason Suttie K-1 Kings of Oceania 2006 Round 1, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 3 3:00

MMA record[edit]

2 Wins (2 decisions), 0 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
2007-10-27 Win New Zealand Felise Leniu Carnage in the Cage, Auckland, New Zealand Decision (Split) 3 5:00
1999-01-28 Win New Zealand Gala Tolua UE — New Zealand Vale Tudo: A Test of Courage, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b White, Peter (11 July 2006). "A Viking in the ring". Western Leader. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Press Association (4 January 2005). "Luck Of The Irish At Highland Games". 
  3. ^ Hay, Rob (29 March 2006). "Would-be strongman puts his money on line". Bay of Plenty Times. 
  4. ^ "Karl Webber Inducted into the ICNZ Hall of Fame". Current News & Updates. NZMMA.tv. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Reuben De Jong". Fighter's profile. K-1Sport.de. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fight Results 2006". Fight Results. CentralKickboxing.org. 2006. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Fight Results 2007". Fight Results. CentralKickboxing.org. 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Comstock, Jeff (2 October 2007). "Worldwide October MMA Fight Cards". FightOpinion.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Reuben de Jong Fighter Profile". Fighters. MMA-Core.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Fighter Profile: Reuben De Jong". MMA Universe Fighter Archive. MMAUniverse.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Vitale has a warrant for War". Fight Reports. RogueMag.com. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Can Ignashov make a comeback?: Tale of a sleeping giant". FansofK1.com. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Browns carnival adds the clash of the strong men to programme". The Southland Times. 1 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "110th event caters for 'everyone'". The Southland Times. 1 January 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Tuapawa, Jo (19 February 2009). "Reuben aiming for record". Howick and Pakuranga Times. 
  16. ^ Tuapawa, Jo (23 February 2009). "Och aye, the games are on". Howick and Pakuranga Times. 
  17. ^ "NZ Smashes Guinness World Records Premiere". TV Highlights. Throng.co.nz. 30 August 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Presenters: Marc Ellis and Chris Sheedy (30 August 2009). "NZ Smashes Guinness World Records: Reuben de Jong". NZ Smashes Guinness World Records. Series 1. Episode 1. Television New Zealand. TV2. http://tvnz.uq.co.nz/Content.mvc/ArchivedEmail?id=52846d8e-3e41-4696-ab31-7c2659432c72.
  19. ^ Presenters: Dion McCracken and Nathan Fenwick (4 June 2010). "IPW Ignition: June 4, 2010". IPW Ignition. Triangle Stratos.
  20. ^ Ogilvie, Steve (2010). "New Zealand Results". New Zealand Independent Results. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  21. ^ Meltzer, Dave (24 May 2010). "MON. UPDATE: Raw preview, NXT tomorrow, wrestler sells believably, Raw ratings, Best TV show, TUF". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. F4Wonline.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  22. ^ Farmer, Luke (30 May 2010). "New IPW Champion crowned!". 2010 Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  23. ^ Presenters: Dion McCracken and Nathan Fenwick (22 July 2010). "IPW Ignition: July 22, 2010". IPW Ignition. Triangle Stratos.
  24. ^ Farmer, Luke (24 August 2010). "Rival Turf: Dunn gets screwed!". 2010 Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  25. ^ Farmer, Luke (23 February 2011). "Reuben de Jong signed to WWE Developmental contract!". 2011 Stories. NZPWI.co.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  26. ^ IPW (19 Dec 2011). "A Nightmare end to 2011!". 2011 Stories. impactprowrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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