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Michael Rallis (born October 11, 1989) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he competes in the developmental territory NXT under the ring name Riddick Moss.[3]

Riddick Moss
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Moss in April 2018
Birth nameMichael Rallis[1]
Born (1989-10-11) October 11, 1989 (age 30)[citation needed]
Edina, Minnesota, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Digg Rawlis
Michael Carter
Mike Rawlis
Riddick Moss
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight245 lb (111 kg)[2]
Billed fromMinneapolis, Minnesota[2]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 18, 2014

Early lifeEdit

Rallis attended the University of Minnesota, where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team between 2008 and 2012. After graduating college, he attended a tryout camp with the Miami Dolphins but was not signed to a contract. In October 2013, Rallis attended a WWE tryout after contacting Jim Ross.[4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Rallis signed a developmental contract with WWE in early 2014 and began training at the WWE Performance Center. He made his professional wrestling debut on December 18 at a NXT live event in Tampa, Florida under the ring name Digg Rawlis. He made his televised debut on the May 27, 2015, episode of NXT, working as an enhancement talent alongside Elias Samson in a defeat to Blake and Murphy. Rawlis made further occasional televised appearances as an enhancement talent during 2015, losing to The Hype Bros and Samoa Joe.[5] In August 2015 he adopted the new ring name Riddick Moss, a tribute to former NFL player Randy Moss.[6]

In October 2016, Moss began teaming with Tino Sabbatelli, (calling themselves the God Gifted Athletes) with the two competing in the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where they were defeated in the first round by TM61 on the October 12 episode of NXT.[7] Moss made a further appearance on the January 4, 2017, episode of NXT, again teaming with Sabbatelli in a defeat to The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson).[8] Moss and Sabbatelli made another appearance on the May 10 episode of NXT, losing to #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa). The duo had their first televised victory on the October 25 episode of NXT, defeating the team of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. In early 2018, Moss and Sabbatelli entered the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic losing to Sanity in the first round. On April 25 during a match with Heavy Machinery, Sabbatelli ditched Moss, thus ending the team. In May 2018, he tore his Achilles tendon and would require several months to recuperate.[9] He would make his return from injury on a November 30, 2018 live event, losing to Matt Riddle after a surprise appearance.[10] In March 2019, he started being managed by Robert Strauss at NXT live events.[11] On the May 8, 2019 episode of NXT, Moss competed in his first televised match since his injury in a loss to Raul Mendoza.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Gopher Mike Rallis on name change, WWE wrestling and little brother Nick". September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Riddick Moss". WWE.
  3. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Riddick Moss « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  4. ^ "Football alum chases WWE dream". mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "6/10 Zim's WWE NXT Coverage: Samoa Joe makes his in-ring debut and confronts Kevin Owens, Emma vs. Blue Pants, Tyler Breeze vs. Bull Dempsey, Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley team up, Baron Corbin and Becky Lynch in action". prowrestling.net. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Former Gopher Mike Rallis on name change, WWE wrestling and little brother Nick". Twin Cities. September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Who could be NXT in 2017?". WON/F4W – WWE news, Pro Wrestling News, WWE Results, UFC News, UFC results. December 23, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "1/4 NXT TV Review: Taped in Australia, Joe vs. Nakamura in a cage, TM61 vs. DIY, Revival vs. Sabbatelli & Moss, plus Roode, Tye, more". January 4, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Slam! Wrestling News". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. May 20, 2018. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018. Riddick Moss is out of action with a torn Achilles tendon, which may mean about eight months or so out of action.
  10. ^ "Riddick Moss Returns From Injury At NXT Live Event". wrestlingnewssource.com. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.pwtorch.com/site/2019/03/31/weekly-overview-nxt-thru-3-28-top-stories-of-week-major-show-lineups-live-event-results-schedule-of-live-events-noteworthy-social-media-posts-more/