Luke Menzies is a 33-year-old English professional wrestler and former professional rugby player from West Yorkshire, England. He is currently signed with WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Ridge Holland.
Menzies signed with the Hull Kingston Rovers professional rugby team in September 2007. He made one appearance in the Super League in 2008. Menzies later appeared for a number of lower league clubs. As well, he played for teams like Salford Red Devils, York City Knights, Halifax and the Toronto Wolfpack for their inaugural season.
Professional Wrestling Career
Menzies was trained by British wrestling legend, Marty Jones. He began wrestling in North East of England promotions 3 Count Wrestling, New Generation Wrestling and Tidal Championship Wrestling. In December 2017, he made an appearance for Defiant Wrestling losing to Jurn Simmons.
On April 21st 2018, Menzies won the 3CW Championship by defeating El Ligero, Joseph Conners and champion Rampage Brown in a 4-Way Elimination match. He lost the title back to Rampage Brown a month later. He took the loss as he had signed a contract with WWE and was relocating to Florida. Menzies’ final match on the British independent circuit took place on June 23rd for Southside Wrestling, where Menzies was defeated by Gabriel Kidd.
Menzies Tries Out For WWE
In November 2016, Menzies attended a WWE tryout but was not signed with the company until early in 2018. On the August 29th 2018 episode of NXT, he made his televised debut losing to Keith Lee. He then made his television debut for the NXT UK brand under the ring name, Ridge Holland. In his debut, he defeated Oliver Carter.
In August 2020, Holland took part in a triple threat match against Oney Lorcan and Damian Priest. The winner would go on to NXT TakeOver 30 to compete in a ladder match for the vacant NXT North American Championship, which Priest won.
NXT General Manager William Regal later announced that Dexter Lumis had pulled out of the ladder match at NXT TakeOver 30 due to an ankle injury. Since Holland was not pinned or submitted in his qualifying match as a result of Lorcan being pinned, he was given the chance to face Johnny Gargano on the August 19th episode of NXT. The winner would be added to the ladder match. Holland lost due to interference from Gargano’s wife, Candice LeRae.
Ridge Holland’s Various Feuds
At NXT TakeOver 31, after the main event of Kyle O’Reilly against Finn Bálor for the NXT Championship, Holland appeared at ringside carrying O’Reilly’s unconscious Undisputed Era teammate Adam Cole over his shoulders. Apparently, he had attacked Cole. Holland then dropped Cole over the barricade in front of Bálor and O’Reilly before leaving. This established his turn to heel.
Holland brawled with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch the October 7th episode of NXT, after defeating Burch in a match. As he caught Lorcan leaping over the top rope to deliver a cross-body, Holland’s legs gave out from under him, and he had to be stretchered out of the arena. It was reported that he had suffered an ankle dislocation and fracture in his left leg and a knee patellar dislocation and patellar tendon rupture in his right leg.
After a nine month absence due to injury, Holland returned on the July 27th 2021 episode of NXT. At his return, he assisted Oney Lorcan and Pete Dunne in defeating Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. Two months later, on the September 7th episode of NXT, Holland and Dunne attacked Lorcan and Danny Burch, ending their alliance. Holland wrestled his final NXT match on October 12 2021, teaming with Dunne in a loss to Kyle O’Reilly and Von Wagner.
Ridge Holland Moves to SmackDown
As part of the WWE 2021 Draft, Holland was drafted to the SmackDown brand. On the November 5th episode of SmackDown, during a backstage interview, Holland referred to Sheamus as his idol.
On the November 19th episode of SmackDown, Holland helped Sheamus defeat Cesaro, Ricochet, and Jinder Mahal in a four-way match, starting an alliance between the two. Holland made his in-ring debut the following week on SmackDown, where he lost to Cesaro.
On January 1st 2022, at WWE Day 1, Holland teamed with Sheamus and defeated Cesaro and Ricochet. During the match, however, Holland suffered a broken nose and was removed mid-match. At the 2022 Royal Rumble, Holland participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the fifth entrant, lasting 19 minutes before being eliminated by AJ Styles.
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Career Championships & Accomplishments
- 3 Count Wrestling
- 3CW Championship (1 time)