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Elias (wrestler)

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Jeffrey Logan Sciullo (born November 22, 1987) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Elias (shortened from his previous ring name Elias Samson).

Elias
Elias Raw April 2018.jpg
Elias in April 2018
Birth name Jeffrey Logan Sciullo[1]
Born (1987-11-22) November 22, 1987 (age 30)[2]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Elias[4]
Elias Samson[5]
El Vagabundo[6]
Logan Shulo[7]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[5]
Billed weight 217 lb (98 kg)[5]
Billed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[5]
Trained by Shirley Doe
Super Hentai[3]
Debut June 7, 2008[7]

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Early lifeEdit

Sciullo was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained under Shirley Doe and Super Hentai.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2008–2013)Edit

Sciullo wrestled extensively on the independent circuit for various promotions in the Northeastern USA, primarily for the International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) under the ring name Heavy Metal Jesus, Logan Shulo. While in the IWC, Shulo won the promotion's Super Indy Championship and World Heavyweight Championship.[8][9]

WWEEdit

NXT (2014–2017)Edit

In early 2014, Sciullo was signed to a developmental deal by WWE under the ring name Elias Samson.[10] He made his NXT debut at April 24, 2014, tapings, working as an enhancement talent and teaming with Buddy Murphy in a losing effort against The Ascension. Samson was then used sporadically on television throughout 2014 and early 2015, mostly appearing as enhancement talent to wrestlers such as Baron Corbin.

In August 2015, Samson debuted a new drifter musician character in a match taped prior to NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, approaching the ring with a guitar before being defeated by a returning Bull Dempsey. Samson then entered the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, where he was paired with Tucker Knight, but the two were eliminated from the tournament by Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson. On the December 23 episode of NXT, taped before NXT TakeOver: London, Samson defeated Bull Dempsey with a diving elbow drop.[11] In the following weeks on NXT, Samson defeated John Skyler, Corey Hollis, Steve Cutler and Jesse Sorensen. On March 23, 2016 episode of NXT, Samson suffered a loss to Johnny Gargano. After the match Samson attacked Gargano, but Apollo Crews came in to make the save. On the April 6 episode of NXT, taped at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, Samson lost to Crews. Following this loss, Samson started a losing streak, first losing to Shinsuke Nakamura on the May 4 and to Finn Bálor on the May 11. On the November 16 episode of NXT, Samson defeated Nathan Cruz.[12][unreliable source][13]

On the March 15, 2017, episode, Samson appeared to gloat over Kassius Ohno, who had just lost a championship match against Bobby Roode. Ohno challenged Samson to a "Loser Leaves NXT" match, which Samson lost on the March 29 episode.[14] On April 1, Samson, wrestling as the masked "El Vagabundo" (Spanish for "The Drifter"), faced Oney Lorcan. Vagabundo lost after being unmasked.[6]

Raw (2017–present)Edit

 
Elias giving a concert on Raw

On the April 10, 2017, episode of Raw, Samson made his main roster debut, appearing on the stage briefly during an eight-man tag team match, as well as walking through the crowd during another match later that night.[15] Samson continued to appear in the background playing his guitar during backstage segments over the next few weeks. On the May 22 episode of Raw, Samson made his in-ring debut, defeating Dean Ambrose by disqualification after The Miz intentionally attacked him. On the June 19 episode of Raw, as Samson was performing a song in the ring, Finn Bálor, who was making his entrance for his scheduled match against Bo Dallas, interrupted him. Later that night, Samson attacked Bálor as he was being interviewed backstage, telling him to "never upstage him again", cementing his status as a heel. The following week on Raw, Samson teamed with Cesaro and Sheamus against Bálor and The Hardy Boyz in an six-man tag team match in a losing effort. On the July 24 episode of Raw, Samson defeated Bálor in a No Disquailification match after interference by Bray Wyatt.[16] Later that week, WWE shortened Samson's ring name to Elias.[17]

Elias would enter a short feud with Jason Jordan, after Jordan would interrupt Elias during his songs by throwing vegetables at him. This would lead to a match between the two at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, where Elias was defeated by Jordan.[18] On the November 6 episode of Raw, Elias was defeated by Jordan in a guitar-on-a-pole match, ending their feud. On the November 27 episode of Raw, Elias challenged Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship in a losing effort. On the December 25 episode of Raw, Elias lost to John Cena. At Raw 25, Elias was confronted by Cena again, which ended with Elias attacking him with a low-blow and his guitar. At Royal Rumble, Elias entered the Men's Royal Rumble match at number 6, lasting 26 minutes before being eliminated by Cena.

On the January 29, 2018, episode of Raw, Elias defeated Matt Hardy to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match to determine the next challenger for the Universal Championship. On the February 5 episode of Raw, Elias defeated Cena and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match for the right to enter the Chamber match last. On February 13, Elias teamed with Bayley in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge tournament, where they were defeated by Rusev and Lana in the first round. At Elimination Chamber, Elias was the second participant eliminated by Strowman. At WrestleMania 34, Elias interrupted John Cena, who was expecting The Undertaker, but ended up soundly beaten. On the April 9 episode of Raw his concert was interrupted by a returning Bobby Lashley who would assault Elias. At the Greatest Royal Rumble, Elias entered as number 20, lasting over 30 minutes and eliminating five wrestlers; Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Konnor before being eliminated by Lashley.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Nicknames
    • "The Drifter"[3]
    • "The Sinister Songsmith"[3]
    • "WWE's Modern-Day Bob Dylan"[22]
    • "The Treacherous Troubadour"[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Luchas de Apuestas recordEdit

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Kassius Ohno (contract) Elias Samson (contract) Orlando, Florida NXT February 22, 2017 Aired on March 29, 2017

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ Taylor, Scott. "Elias Samson def. Nathan Cruz". WWE. Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "NoDQ.com > WWE > Spoiler: Result of "Loser leaves NXT" match". nodq.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. [unreliable source?]
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  20. ^ "Elias". www.sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  21. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Jason Jordan def. Elias". WWE. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
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  23. ^ "WWE: Drift (Elias Samson) - Single". 
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  25. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 

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