June 17, 2021


Raymond Rowe is a 36-year-old professional wrestler from Cleveland Ohio. He is currently signed to the WWE’s RAW brand under the ring name Erik and is one half of the tag team, The Viking Raiders.

Rowe began his professional wrestling career in 2003 and wrestled on the independent circuit for 10 years. In 2013, he began wrestling for Ring of Honor (ROH) and made his debut in losing match against Bobby Fish. He formed the tag team War Machine with Hanson (Todd Smith) in 2014 and in December 2015 they won the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They lost the title in April 2016 and left Ring of Honor the following year.

In September 2015, Rowe and Hanson 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.

Erik’s WWE Debut

In 2018, both Rowe and Hanson 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: Raymond Rowe
Born: August 21, 1984, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 247 lb (112 kg)
Spouse: Sarah Logan
Children: 1
Ring Name(s): Erik, Raymond Right, Ray Rowe, Raymond Rowe, Rowe
Current Roster: WWE RAW
Finishing Move(s): Viking Experience

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Career Championships and Accomplishments

  • Anarchy Championship Wrestling
    • Anarchy Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • World Hardcore Championship (1 time)
  • Absolute Intense Wrestling
    • AIW Absolute Championship (1 time)
    • J.T. Lightning Tournament (2015)
  • Brew City Wrestling
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling
    • CAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • CAPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Firestorm Pro Wrestling
    • Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IWC Tag Team Championship
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling
    • NWA BOW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA BOW Outlaw Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Lone Star
    • NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Lone Star Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Wrestling Revolution
    • NWA Grand Warrior Championship (2 times)
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • VIP Wrestling
    • VIP Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
    • NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (1 time)
    • WWE 24/7 Championship (1 time)