Luke Menzies

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Luke Menzies
Personal information
Born (1988-05-29) 29 May 1988 (age 31)
Liversedge, West Yorkshire, England
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight251 lb (114 kg)[1]
Playing information
PositionProp
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 Batley Bulldogs 24 5 0 0 0
2008 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 0 0 0
2009 Oldham 30 2 0 0 4
2010–11 Dewsbury Rams 27 3 0 0 12
2012 Batley Bulldogs 25 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Hunslet Hawks 21 0 0 0 0
2014 Swinton Lions 24 4 0 0 16
2015 Salford Red Devils 1 0 0 0 0
2015(loan) York City Knights 1 0 0 0 0
2015(loan) Halifax 3 0 0 0 0
2017 Toronto Wolfpack 1 0 0 0 0
Total 159 14 0 0 32
Source: [2][3]

Luke Menzies (born 29 May 1988) is an English professional wrestler and former professional rugby league football player. He is currently signed to the WWE, performing in their NXT UK brand wrestling under the ring name "Ridge Holland".

As a rugby league footballer, Menzies spent the majority of his career with various clubs in the Championship, making one appearance in the Super League for Hull Kingston Rovers in 2008. In 2016 he began pursuing a career in professional wrestling, and signed with WWE in early 2018.

Rugby league career[edit]

Menzies signed for Hull Kingston Rovers in September 2007, making one appearance in the Super League in 2008.[4] After leaving Hull Kingston Rovers, Menzies then appeared for a number of lower league clubs including Batley Bulldogs, Oldham, Dewsbury Rams, Hunslet and Swinton Lions.

In 2014, Menzies joined the Salford Red Devils, making one appearance for the club.[5] In March 2015, he joined the York City Knights on a loan spell.[6] In June of the same year, he joined Halifax, also on loan. In 2017 he joined the Canadian club Toronto Wolfpack for their inaugural season.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent Circuit (2016-2018)[edit]

Menzies began training to become a professional wrestler under Marty Jones, making his début on the UK independent circuit in March 2016.[7]

WWE[edit]

NXT UK (2016, 2018-Present)[edit]

In November 2016, Menzies attended a tryout for WWE.[8] In May 2018, after making further appearances on the UK independent circuit, it was announced that Menzies had signed with WWE.[9] On the August 29, 2018 edition of NXT, Menzies made his televised debut, losing to Keith Lee.[10]In January 2019, he appeared ringside at NXT UK Takeover Blackpool, suggesting he may appear on the brand in the future.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Luke Menzies Salford Red Devils". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ RLP
  3. ^ loverugbyleague.com
  4. ^ Mills and Menzies join Hull KR[dead link]
  5. ^ "Salford Red Devils: Matt Groat and Luke Menzies join for 2015". BBC Sport. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ EX SALFORD RED DEVILS PLAYER TURNS PRO WRESTLER
  8. ^ WWE: Rugby league star Luke Menzies handed try-out in Scotland
  9. ^ Luke Menzies & Daniel Vidot sign with WWE
  10. ^ "NXT results, live blog (Aug. 29, 2018): Undisputed ERA vs. Ricochet & Pete Dunne". Cageside Seats. Retrieved 30 August 2018.