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Ryan Reeves is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, working on its SmackDown brand as Ryback. After being one of the eight finalists on WWE Tough Enough 4, he later signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestled in Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. and Ohio Valley Wrestling from 2005 to 2007. During that time, he formed a tag team with Jon Bolen called High Dosage.
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    He also participated in the first season of NXT in early 2010 under the ring name Skip Sheffield.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    On December 16, 2008, Reeves, under his Ryback ring name and character, made his in-ring debut in Florida Championship Wrestling, losing a tag match with Jon Cutler against Kris Logan and Taylor Rotunda.
    More Details Hide Details Ryback soon formed a tag team with Sheamus O'Shaunessy and the duo unsuccessfully challenged for the Florida Tag Team Championship on a few occasions until O'Shaunessy was called up to the main roster. After the Ryback character was scrapped, Reeves made his FCW redebut on October 25 under the ring name Skip Sheffield, a cowboy gimmick, where he defeated Jimmy Uso. On February 16, 2010 during the final episode of ECW, Sheffield was announced as one of eight FCW wrestlers, called "rookies", to take part in the first season of WWE's new NXT show. Although Montel Vontavious Porter was originally to be his mentor, or "pro", he was later replaced by William Regal. Sheffield made his NXT in-ring debut on the March 2 episode of NXT, where he teamed with Regal in a losing effort against Matt Hardy and Justin Gabriel. On the April 27 episode of NXT, Sheffield picked up his first victory with a win over Daniel Bryan. However, Sheffield was eliminated by the Pros on May 11, despite an earlier win over Darren Young, in the first NXT elimination poll. He was one of three eliminations that same night, behind Bryan and Michael Tarver, and commented that he will be back upon being eliminated.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    Reeves would make one final appearance in which he and Pat Buck lost to Colt Cabana and Shawn Spears in a match for the Tag Team Championship on November 14, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details After being absent from Ohio Valley Wrestling for over a year, Reeves returned to the promotion. After several months, Reeves, now renamed Ryback, debuted under a Terminator gimmick and subsequently won the Heavyweight Championship on September 15 after defeating Anthony Bravado. Ryback held the title for two weeks before losing it back to Bravado on September 29. After losing the title, Reeves was re-signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. To explain his departure from OVW, Ryback lost a Loser Leaves OVW match to Bravado.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In September 2006, Reeves began teaming with Jon Bolen, who together became known as High Dosage.
    More Details Hide Details Scoring early victories against teams such as Los Locos (Aaron Lamata and Low Rider) and Gothic Mayhem (Johnny Punch and Pat Buck), they began feuding with the then newly formed team of Eddie Craven, Mike Kruel and "The Bad Seed" Shawn Osborne. The two did not fare well against the trio losing both tag team and single matches to them during the next few weeks. On October 18, he and Bolen also lost to them in a handicap match. Things soon changed however when High Dosage beat Eddie Craven and Mike Kruel a month later. As a result of their victory, they were allowed five minutes alone with Shawn Osbourne but he was able to escape with the help of Craven and Kruel. Although continuing to face their rivals throughout the year, High Dosage also won matches against Los Locos and Bad Company defeating the latter in a Handicap Coal Miner's Glove on a Pole match on November 29. On December 9, High Dosage teamed with Seth Skyfire and lost to Craven, Kruel and Milena Roucka. Reeves also took part in a four-way Elimination Christmas Present match with Kruel four days later. The participants included Justin LaRoche and Charles Evans, T.J. Dalton and Steve Lewington, and Seth Skyfire and Paul Burchill who eventually won the match.
    In July 2006, Reeves was suspended for 30 days due to failing a drug test as part of WWE's Wellness Program.
    More Details Hide Details According to Reeves, he had been taking several over the counter bodybuilding supplements one of which inadvertently caused a false reading. The supplements he was using were later taken off the market due to this effect and, although his suspension remained in place, Reeves eventually returned to the roster after passing a second test. His case was later featured on the CNN documentary Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling. After his previous 30 day suspension, Reeves returned while sporting bleached hair.
    Reeves wrestled his last match losing to Freakin' Deacon on February 26, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details After training in DSW for most of 2005 and early 2006, Reeves arrived in Ohio Valley Wrestling in early March. He defeated Kasey James, Pat Buck, Da Beast and Nick Nemeth in dark matches during his two months and, with Mikey Batts, won victories over the teams of Billy Kryptonite and Russell Simpson, and Jack Bull and Vic Devine. On May 10, Reeves teamed with Tag Team Champions Kasey James and Roadkill to defeat Aaron Stevens and Deuce 'n Domino at an OVW television taping. Three days later, he and Mikey Batts lost to Kasey James and Roadkill in a title match. He later broke his thumb after throwing a punch, which sidelined him for almost a month. On June 17, Reeves made his return as he teamed with Cody Runnels, Shawn Spears and Elijah Burke to defeat Los Locos and Deuce 'n Domino in an eight-man tag team match.
    In January 2006, he formed a short-lived tag team with Ryan O'Reilly and faced Team Elite and The Gymini.
    More Details Hide Details Before the team could gain momentum, the WWE transferred Reeves from Deep South Wrestling, to Ohio Valley Wrestling two months later.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Reeves started training at Deep South Wrestling, a professional wrestling school located in McDonough, Georgia. On September 1, 2005, he made his official debut in a tag team match with Lash LeRoux against Team Elite (Derrick Neikirk and Mike Knox) at the premiere show for DSW.
    More Details Hide Details During the next several weeks, he would team with Jack Bull, Ryan O'Reilly, Mike Mizarian and Nick Mitchell against tag teams including Team Elite, The Regulators and The Slaughter Brothers. He began wrestling single matches a month later against Mike Shane, Mike Knox and Palmer Cannon. On November 23, he entered a championship tournament for the DSW Heavyweight Championship and eliminated by Mac Johnson in the opening rounds. He also lost to Freakin' Deacon on December 17. Several days later, he wrestled two matches in one night. The first was a tag team match with Damian Steele against The Regulators and the second was a singles match against Mike Knox, both matches he lost.
    He would spend some time back in Las Vegas healing from his injuries before heading to Atlanta in March 2005.
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    After being one of the eight finalists on WWE Tough Enough 4, he later signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestled in Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. and Ohio Valley Wrestling from 2005 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, he formed a tag team with Jon Bolen called High Dosage.
  • 1981
    Born on November 10, 1981.
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