E. J. Nduka
Nduka in August 2017
|Birth name||Ezekwesiri Jr Nduka|
|Born||August 28, 1988|
Dallas, TX, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||EJ Nduka|
|Billed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Billed weight||285 lb (129 kg)|
|Billed from||Dallas, Texas|
|Trained by||WWE Performance Center|
Ezekwesiri “EJ” Nduka Jr. (born August 28, 1988) is a professional Wrestler, former professional gridiron football and Arena football defensive end and outside linebacker who is currently signed to WWE, assigned to the WWE Performance Center. Before becoming a WWE Superstar, Nduka was signed by the Toronto Argonauts on February 21, 2013. After College Nduka had several tryouts with NFL and CFL teams. Ultimately, Nduka was invited to the NFL Combine in 2012. He played college football at Sam Houston State University - 2012 National Championship runner-up.
Nduka is also a Professional Physique Bodybuilder in the IFBB. Nduka previously completed for the MuscleMania Professional Division. During the World Championships in Vegas, Nduka placed 4th in the Mens Phyisque Professional Division. Nduka began his bodybuilding career shortly after leaving the AFL in 2015. Since then he has placed 1st in the following competitions: Texas State Championships, Ronnie Coleman Classic, BetterBodies Championship, Junior Nationals and JR USAs. Because of his performance on the gridiron and on the IFBB stage, in December 2018, Nduka received a tryout with the WWE, and then shortly after went back in April 2019 for another tryout at the WWE Performance center. In August 2019 Nduka was signed by the WWE, reporting to their developmental territory NXT.
Nduka was born in Dallas, Texas to parents Obie and Prince Nduka, who are originally from Nigeria. EJ Nduka attended Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson, NJ. He was a dual sport letterwinner and star in basketball, and track. He was a star basketball player before ultimately turning to the football field in college.
Nduka began his college career at Jacksonville University in 2007 before transferring to Sam Houston State where he played for 3 years from 2008 to 2011. He was redshirted as a freshman in 2008 but eventually made an immediate impact for the Bearkats primarily used as a pass rusher in game situations.
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|Position:||Defensive End, Outside Linebacker|
|Born:||August 28, 1988|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||285 lb (129 kg)|
|High school:||Jackson (NJ) Memorial|
|College:||Sam Houston State|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 6.5 in
|4.52 s||1.36 s||2.55 s||4.44 s||6.56 s||42 in
|10 ft 2 in
|Values from NFL Super Regional Combine|
Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, Nduka was projected to be undrafted by NFLDraftScout.com. He was rated as the 40th-best outside linebacker in the draft. Nduka was later signed by the Allen Wranglers of the IFL. In 2012 Nduka played final three games and recorded 15 tackles, three sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
On February 21, 2013, the Toronto Argonauts signed Nduka. He was released by the Argonauts on May 8, 2013.
Nduka is now a professional athlete in the IFBB a federation. Nduka recently announced via social media that he will now compete in the Classic Physique division in 2017.
IFBB Contest Results
2016 IFBB - San Antonio Classic 3rd
2016 IFBB - Lou Ferrigno Classic 3rd
NPC Contest Results
2015 NPC - BetterBodies Championships 1st
2015 NPC - Ronnie Coleman Classic 1st
2015 NPC - Team Universe 6th
2015 NPC/IFBB - North Americans 4th
2015 NPC - Miami Nationals 3rd
2016 - Jr Nationals 1st
2016 - Jr USAs 1st