- Born: 11/28/1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Birthname: Erick Rowan
- Height & Weight: 6'8", 315 Ib
NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Luke Harper
In 2010, Ruud participated in Norwegian reality series Alt for Norge where he finished in 3rd place. He is of Norwegian origin. His family emigrated from Nannestad, Norway. In February 2011, Ruud signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling under the ring name of Erick Rowan. He made his FCW TV debut in August 2011 with a win over Kenneth Cameron.
When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling, Rowan made his debut on the December 12, 2012 episode of NXT as a follower of Bray Wyatt, who introduced Rowan as his “second son”. As a member of the Wyatt Family, Rowan formed a team with Wyatt’s “first son” Luke Harper, and they defeated Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu on the January 9, 2013 episode of NXT. On the May 8th NXT (taped on May 2), Harper and Rowan defeated Neville and Bo Dallas, filling in for the injured Grey, to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.
From the May 27 episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family. The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family’s backwoods origins and Rowan wearing a sheep mask. On the July 8 episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane. Rowan made his WWE in-ring debut on the July 26 episode of SmackDown, where he and Harper defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai) in a tag team match. Over the next few months, Rowan and Harper went on a winning streak over many teams,until Cody Rhodes and Goldust handed them their first loss on the October 11 episode of SmackDown.
In early 2014, Rowan took part in the Wyatt Family’s feud with The Shield, while also supporting Bray Wyatt in his feud with John Cena. While feud of Bray Wyatt and John Cena, Harper and Rowan started a feud with The Usos and beat them in a series of matches. Harper and Rowan unsuccessfully challenged The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Money in the Bank and Battleground, respectively.
Rowan turned babyface after Bray Wyatt broke the family up. He has since introduced his own entrance theme, and struggles to gain any momentum in the mid-card.
w/ The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2014
w/ The Wyatt Family vs. the Shield on Main Event, April 8 2014
w/ The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield on Raw, March 3 2014
w Luke Harper vs The Usos at Money in the Bank 2014