September 30, 2020

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Todd Smith is a 36-year-old professional wrestler from Lynn, Massachusetts, United States. He is currently signed with the WWE under its RAW brand and wrestles under the ring name, Ivar.

Smith started his wrestling career in 2001 after being trained by Killer Kowalski. He wrestled around the independent scene in England, most notably for Chaotic Wrestling. In 2013, he began wrestling in Ring of Honor (ROH) and with Raymond Rowe, they formed the tag team War Machine in 2014.

In December 2015, they won the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship but lost the titles in April 2016 and left Ring of Honor the following year.

In September 2015, Rowe and Smith made their Japanese debuts as a tag team for Pro Wrestling Noah and New Japan Pro Wrestling. In April 2017, they won the IWGP Tag Team Championship titles at Sakura Genesis.

In 2018, both Smith and Rowe signed with the WWE and reported for training to the company’s Performance Center in Florida. They made their televised debut on an episode of NXT in April as the tag team, The War Raiders, and attacked Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight) and the team of Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli.

In January 2019, The War Raiders won the NXT Tag Team Championship after facing The Undisputed Era at NXT TakeOver: Phoneix. During the WWE’s Superstar Shake-up, Rowe and Hanson joined RAW and became known as Erik (Rowe) and Ivar (Smith). Their tag team was also re-packaged as “The Viking Raiders.”

In October 2019, the Viking Raiders became the WWE RAW Tag Team champions after defeating Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. Their reign lasted 98 days before being defeated by Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy in January 2020.



Birth name: Todd Smith
Born: March 3, 1984, Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Ring Names: Don Chesterfield, Handsome Johnny, Ivar, Johnny Hayes, Todd Hansen, Todd Hanson, Todd Smith, Hanson, War Beard Hanson, Warbeard Hanson
Current Roster: WWE RAW
Finishing Move(s): Viking Experience

Career Championships and Accomplishments

  • Brew City Wrestling
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Chaotic Wrestling
    • Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • Millennium Wrestling Federation
    • MWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • MWF Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • NWA New England
    • NWA New England Television Championship (1 time)
    • NWA New England Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • New England Championship Wrestling
    • NECW Television Championship (2 times)
    • IRON 8 Championship (2010)
  • New England Wrestling Alliance
    • NEWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Northeast Wrestling
    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • Top Prospect Tournament (2014)
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling
    • UCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • VIP Wrestling
    • VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Xtreme Wrestling Alliance
    • XWA Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
  • WWE
    • NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (1 time)