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James Dowell (born 4 March 1993) is an English professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE under the ring name James Drake in the NXT UK brand. He is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion alongside Zack Gibson.

James Drake
Birth nameJames Dowell[1]
Born (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 26) [1]
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom [2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)JD Sassoon [2]
James Drake
Billed height5 ft 11 in (181 cm) [2]
Billed weight181 lb (82 kg) [3]
Billed fromBlackpool, England [3]
Debut2010 [2]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

In January 2017, Drake participated in the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament to crown the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion, losing to Joseph Conners in the first round. [4]

Later in 2017, Drake and Zack Gibson formed a tag team called Grizzled Young Veterans in Progress Wrestling. Grizzled Young Veterans defeated Chris Brookes and Kid Lykos of CCK to become the Progress tag team champions.[5] They successfully defended the titles against Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) at Progress Chapter 59.[6] At Chapter 61, Grizzled Young Veterans defeated Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate and Trent Seven) to retain their championships.[7]

On January 12, 2019, Drake and Gibson, defeated Moustache Mountain in a tournament final at NXT UK's debut TakeOver event in Blackpool, to become the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions. [8]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. ^ a b c "James Drake News, Pictures, Videos and Biography". Wrestling Inc.
  2. ^ a b c d "James Drake « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  3. ^ a b "James Drake". WWE.
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  5. ^ "PROGRESS Chapter 58: Live Your Best Life". Cagematch. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  6. ^ "PROGRESS Chapter 59: Whatever People Say We Are, That's What We're Not". Cagematch. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "PROGRESS Chapter 61: Don't Touch Me ... Don't ... Don't Touch Me". Cagematch. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Moustache Mountain battles Zack Gibson & James Drake to crown the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions". WWE.

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