Christopher Lindsey is a 38-year-old professional wrestler from Wisconsin. Lindsey is signed to the WWE and performs on NXT under the ring name, Roderick Strong.

Lindsey made his professional wrestling debut under the ring name, The Jester, for Florida’s independent wrestling circuit, RWA. He wrestled his first match for the Independent Professional Wrestling promotion in a 20 man cruiser-weight battle royal match. Lindsey teamed with Sedrick Strong to form the Strong Brothers and won the IPW Tag Team Championship on June 28, 2002. After IPW shut down in 2003, he began working for NWA Florida.

Lindsey joined Ring of Honor in 2003 and won numerous ROH titles including the World Championship title and the World Tag Team Championship. He also worked for Full Impact Pro, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan, and Pro Wrestling Guerilla.

Roderick Strong’s WWE Debut

In October 2016, Lindsey debuted on NXT as Austin Aries’ tag team partner in the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic defeating Otis and Tucker. WWE announced that Lindsey was one of the recruits officially joining the Performance Center. At NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, he defeated Andrade Cien Almas.

In 2018, Roderick Strong joined the Undisputed Era at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans after turning on his partner Pete Dunne. Strong teamed with O’Reilly to defend the NXT Tag Team Championships. In June 2018, Strong and O’Reilly lost the titles to Tyler Bate and Trent Seven but regained the titles on July 11. In January 2019, Strong and O’Reilly were defeated by the War Raiders in a match that ended their reign at 219 days.

Roderick Strong Wins NXT North American Championship

In 2019, Strong defeated Velveteen Dream to win the NXT North American Championship, giving him his first single title in WWE. Strong’s reign as NXT North American Champion ended when he was defeated by Keith Lee in January 2020.

In July 2020, Strong started feuding with Dexter Lumis since he had helped Velveteen Dream in his war against The Undisputed Era. Lumis then kidnapped Strong during the NXT “In Your House” pay-per-view event in June 2020 to ensure Strong wasn’t able to interfere in Adam Cole’s match with Dream. Despite being returned to his allies, Strong was traumatized by the kidnapping and became deathly afraid of Dexter Lumis.

Strong’s teammates attempted to alleviate his sudden panic and fear by having him go to therapy. But his therapist was Kyle O’Reilly in disguise due to Adam Cole’s paranoia that Strong might renounce villainy as a result of his encounter with Dexter. In the July 2020 TV special “The Great American Bash,” Strong fought and lost to Dexter Lumis in a strap match.

The Undisputed Era Disbands

In September, The Undisputed Era started a feud with Pat McAfee, Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, and Pete Dunne, turning them face in the process. At NXT TakeOver: WarGames (2020), the feud resulted in a WarGames match with The Undisputed Era winning.

At NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day, Adam Cole superkicked O’Reilly, which left the faction’s future in uncertainty. On the February 24, 2021 episode of NXT, Cole turned on and double-crossed Strong, thus disbanding The Undisputed Era. 

On the March 24, 2021 episode of NXT, Strong was approached by Cameron Grimes who tried to negotiate a “business deal” with him. Strong rejected the offer by punching Grimes. On the March 31st episode of NXT, Strong lost to Cameron Grimes. Later in the show McKenzie Mitchell would attempt to interview him but Strong walked off and said he was done.

Roderick Strong Wins NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Roderick Strong made his return on the June 22nd episode of NXT where he attacked Kushida. This also marked The Diamond Mine stable along with Tyler Rust (who was released weeks after) and Hachiman, with Malcolm Bivens as their manager, turning heel again. On the September 21 episode of NXT 2.0, Roderick Strong defeated Kushida to win the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.

 At NXT WarGames, Strong defeated Joe Gacy, retaining his championship. On the NXT: New Year’s Evil, he lost the title to Carmelo Hayes, unifying both North American and Cruiserweight titles. Strong and the rest of Diamond Mine would slowly turn face at the start of 2022, when they entered a feud with Imperium.

Roderick Strong
Roderick Strong


Birth name: Christopher Lindsey
Born: July 26, 1983, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Height: 5 ft 10 in (170 cm)
Weight: 200 lb (90 kg)
Spouse: Marina Shafir
Children: 1
Ring name(s): The Jester, Roderick Strong, Roddy Strong
Current Roster: WWE NXT
Finishing Move(s): Death by Roderick

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Career Championships and Accomplishments

  • American Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA Florida X Division Championship (3 times)
  • Full Impact Pro
    • FIP Tag Team Championship (2 times)
    • FIP World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • Florida Entertainment Wrestling
    • FEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Independent Professional Wrestling
    • IPW Florida Unified Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
    • IPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Independent Wrestling Association East Coast
    • IWA East Coast Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
    • Revolution Strong Style Tournament (2008)
  • Lethal Wrestling Federation
    • LWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Premiere Wrestling Xperience
    • PWX Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Championship (1 time)
    • PWG World Tag Team Championship (3 times)
    • Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2007)
    • Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament (2008)
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
    • Nippon TV Cup Jr. Heavyweight Tag League Outstanding Performance Award (2010)
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Championship (1 time)
    • World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • ROH World Television Championship (2 times)
    • Survival of the Fittest (2005)
    • Honor Gauntlet (2010)
    • Toronto Gauntlet (2010)
    • Second Triple Crown Champion
  • SoCal Uncensored
    • Match of the Year (2006)
    • Match of the Year (2013)
  • South Florida Championship Wrestling
    • SFCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • SFCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
    • NXT North American Championship (1 time)
    • WWE Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
    • NXT Tag Team Championship (2 times)
    • NXT Year-End Award (1 time)
    • Tag Team of the Year (2018)