Cal Bloom is a 28-year-old professional wrestler from Osseo, Minnesota. He is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs on NXT 2.0 under the ring name, Von Wagner.
In high school, Bloom was a three-sport star, playing basketball, baseball and football. After graduating from high school in 2012, he played football at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He played as a tight end for the UCF Knights from 2012-2016.
Bloom is a second generation professional wrestler; his father, Wayne Bloom, wrestled during the late 1980s and 1990s for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). Cal began training for his professional wrestling career under his father, Ken Kennedy and Brad Rheingans.
Bloom Signs With WWE
In March 2019, it was announced that Cal Bloom was one of three recruits signed with WWE. He began training at the WWE Performance Center that month. Bloom then made his in-ring debut in May at a house show. In his debut, Bloom teamed with Denzel Dejournette in a tag team match. They lost to Dan Matha and Riddick Moss. Bloom wrestled a second match the following week at another house show where he teamed with Nick Comoroto losing to team 3.0. The following month, Bloom wrestled his third match during a June 15 house show teaming with Brennan Williams and Isaiah Scott in defeating team 3.0 and Cezar Bononi.
Bloom made his NXT TV debut on the September 14, 2021 episode of NXT with the ring name, Von Wagner. He replaced Kyle O’Reilly who was attacked by Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland in a fatal four way match for the vacant NXT Championship. Von Wagner lost the match to LA Knight, Pete Dunne and Tommaso Ciampa.
Von Wagner teamed with Kyle O’Reilly on the November 30 episode of NXT winning a number one contender match by defeating Legado del Fantasma. At WarGames, however, Wagner and O’Reilly challenged Imperium (Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner) for the NXT Tag Team Championship, but were not successful. Wagner was enraged and attacked O’Reilly from behind. This led to a steel cage match between Wagner and O’Reilly on the December 7 episode of NXT which Wagner won.