Chad Lail is a 38-year-old wrestler and former marine from Hickory, North Carolina. He is currently signed with the WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Jaxson Ryker.
Lail served in the Iraq War with the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner. While serving for the United States Marine Corps, Lail reached the ranking of a lance corporal.
In 2001, Lail started his wrestling career when he signed with NWA Anarchy and began competing under the ring name, Phil Shatter. While wrestling for NWA, he won the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Championship and later the NWA National Heavyweight Championship.
In 2011, Lail signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and wrestled for the promotion until 2015. During his career at TNA, he wrestled under the ring name, Gunner, and won numerous championships including TNA Television Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Lail also wrestled for other independent promotions including, NWA Anarchy, NWA Charlotte, and Premiere Wrestling Xperience (PWX).
In May 2017, Lail signed with the WWE and was assigned to the company’s developmental territory, NXT. He made his in-ring debut at a NXT live event on June 29, 2017 in a losing match to No Way Jose. Throughout the rest of 2017, Lail worked several non-televised events.
In 2018, Lail teamed with Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler and they became known as The Forgotten Sons. The Forgotten Sons made their in-ring debut when Blake and Cutler defeated the Street Profits in September 2018. Ryker made his televised in-ring debut on the September 19th episode of NXT when he defeated Humberto Carrillo.
At the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, Blake and Cutler represented the Forgotten Sons and made it to the final round of the tournament before losing to Aleister Black and Ricochet in the finals.
The Forgotten Sons participated in the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament again but were eliminated in the first round by Imperium. Jaxson Ryker and the Forgotten Sons main their main roster debut on SmackDown the April 10, 2020 episode where they defeated The Lucha House Party.
Birth name: Chad Lail
Born: June 6, 1982, Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Spouse: Stacy Lail
Ring Names: Chad Lail, Gunner, Jaxson Ryker, Phil Shatter, Phill Shatter
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): No Remorse, Slingshot powerbomb
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Action Packed Wrestling
- APW Chester Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- East Coast Championship Wrestling
- ECCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Ground Xero Wrestling
- GXW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA National Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Future Legends Cup (2010)
- NWA Anarchy
- NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- NWA Charlotte
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heritage Championship (1 time)
- Premiere Wrestling Xperience
- PWX Innovative Television Championship (1 time)
- Showtime All-Star Wrestling
- SAW International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Southern Wrestling Association
- Rhymer Cup (2016)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- TNA Television Championship (1 time)
- TNA World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Feast or Fired (2013 – World Heavyweight Championship contract)
- Feast or Fired (2013 – World Tag Team Championship contract)
- TNA World Cup (2014)
- TNA World Cup (2015)
- TNA Classic (2015)
- WrestleForce Championship (1 time)