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Jeffrey Sciullo[1][3] (born November 22, 1987)[4] is an American professional wrestler and musician. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Elias.

Elias
Elias Raw April 2018.jpg
Elias in April 2018
Birth nameJeffrey Sciullo[1][2][3]
Born (1987-11-22) November 22, 1987 (age 31)[4]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States[5]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Elias[6]
Elias Samson[7]
El Vagabundo[8]
Heavy Metal Jesus[9]
Logan Shulo[10]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[7]
Billed weight217 lb (98 kg)[7]
Billed fromPittsburgh, Pennsylvania[7]
Trained byShirley Doe
Super Hentai[5]
DebutJune 7, 2008[10]

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Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2008–2014)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.[11][12]

WWEEdit

NXT (2014–2017)Edit

In early 2014, Sciullo was signed to a developmental deal by WWE under the ring name Elias Samson.[13] He made his NXT debut at the 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 defeating 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, which he would dub as a finishing move onwards.[14] In the following weeks, Samson would rack up victories over various competitors such as Steve Cutler and Jesse Sorensen. On the March 23, 2016 episode of NXT, after he suffered a loss to Johnny Gargano, Samson would attack him only to be fended off by Apollo Crews. This led to a match between Samson and Crews that took place at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, where Samson was defeated. Throughout the rest of the year, Samson would compete in different matches against competitors such as Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Bálor, but he would be on the losing side.[15][16]

In what would be his final feud in NXT, Samson faced Kassius Ohno (whom he mocked after he had just lost an NXT Championship match against Bobby Roode) in the first ever "loser leaves NXT" match that took place on the March 29, 2017 episode of NXT, where Samson was defeated.[17] Just a week later, on the April 5 episode of NXT (which was taped as part of NXT TakeOver: Orlando prior to the beginning of the event), Samson wrestled his final match on NXT as the masked "El Vagabundo" (Spanish for "The Drifter"), where he lost to Oney Lorcan, who unmasked him afterwards.[8]

Main roster debut (2017–2018)Edit

 
Elias during one of his performances on Raw in April 2018

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.[18] Samson continued to appear in the background playing his guitar during backstage segments over the next few weeks.[19][20][21] In his in–ring debut match on the May 22 episode of Raw, Samson defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification after The Miz intentionally attacked him.[22][23][24] In June, Samson started his first feud as part of the main roster with Finn Bálor, who interrupted him during one of his performances.[25][26][27] This led to a match between the two, where Samson defeated Bálor in a No Disqualification match after interference from Bray Wyatt.[28] In the end of July, WWE shortened his ring name to Elias.[29][30]

Elias was then placed in a feud with Jason Jordan, after Jordan would interrupt Elias during his songs by throwing vegetables at him at No Mercy.[31][32][33] This would lead to a match between the two at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, where Elias was defeated by Jordan.[34] On the November 6 episode of Raw, Elias was defeated by Jordan in a Guitar–on–a–Pole match, ending their feud.[35] Two weeks later, Elias competed in his first title match as he unsuccessfully challenged Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship.[36]

On January 28, 2018, at the Royal Rumble, Elias entered his first Royal Rumble match at No. 6, lasting 26 minutes before being eliminated by John Cena.[37] A month later, Elias competed for the first time in an Elimination Chamber match at the namesake pay–per–view, where he entered last, but was the second participant eliminated by Braun Strowman.[38] Elias also appeared at WrestleMania 34, where he was attacked by Cena.[39] Three weeks later, Elias competed at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, where he entered at No. 20, lasting over 30 minutes and eliminating five wrestlers before being eliminated by Bobby Lashley.[40][41][42][43][44] Shortly after, Elias started a feud with Seth Rollins, whom he attacked with his guitar after interrupting his performance.[45] The two eventually faced off for the Intercontinental Championship at the Money in the Bank, where Elias lost.[46]

Short-lived face turn and various feuds (2018–present)Edit

In October, Elias turned face for the first time in his career, as he attacked Baron Corbin with his guitar.[47][48] Throughout November, Elias started a feud with Bobby Lashley, who would defeat him in different matches via count–out, disqualification or a distraction by his manager Lio Rush.[49][50][51][52] This led to a match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event, where Elias defeated Lashley in a ladder match with a guitar hanging over the ring, after which Lashley would attack him with the guitar after the match.[53][54] The following night on Raw, Elias would gain revenge as he would attack Lashley with a guitar.[55] This sparked a Miracle on 34th Street Fight between the two, in which Elias was victorious.[56]

At the Royal Rumble on January 27, 2019, Elias entered the Royal Rumble match at entrant 1 and was prepared for a concert before being interrupted by Jeff Jarrett, who proposed a duet. After seemingly accepting, Elias attacked Jarrett with his guitar. Afterwards, as the match officially begun, Elias lasted fifteen minutes before being eliminated by the eventual winner Seth Rollins.[57] The following night on Raw, Elias turned heel after insulting the crowd, proclaiming that they disappointed him for lackluster reactions towards him, and was subsequently interrupted by Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg, who proceeded to sing "With My Baby Tonight" until Elias attacked both men, smashing a guitar over both Jarrett and Road Dogg.[58] Elias was attacked on both WrestleMania 35 and the Raw after the event by John Cena and The Undertaker respectively during his musical performances.[59][60]

During the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Elias was drafted to SmackDown. He made his debut when he was announced as the "biggest acquisition in SmackDown history" by Mr. McMahon. Just before Elias was to have a musical performance, he was interrupted and attacked by Roman Reigns who was also making his SmackDown debut.[61] The following week, Shane McMahon challenged Reigns to a fight for attacking his father. Reigns came out and was attacked from behind by Elias, who assisted Shane in beating up Reigns. Elias then challenged Reigns to a match at Money in the Bank, and Reigns accepted. At the event, Elias was defeated by Reigns in 10 seconds.[62]

DiscographyEdit

Elias
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
Years active2018–present
LabelsWWE Music Group

Extended playsEdit

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC Super Indy Championship (1 time)[11][64]
    • IWC World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[12][64]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him No. 69 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018[65]
  • WWE
    • Year–End Award (1 time)
      • Breakout Superstar of the Year (2018)[66]

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