Posted on 5/14/119 by Mike Informer WOODBRIDGE - For many young kids, wrestling in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) forum is a dream a fantasy acted out in makeshift matches in backyard rings. Likewise, for a young Robert Strauss growing up in the Iselin section of the township.
Strauss saw his first WWE show at age 4 he was hooked. Enamored with the WWE and its many wrestling superstars, Strauss pursued this passion with line-drive focus, turning professional at age 16.
But there was one big difference. For Strauss, at age 35, the dream came true.
It was back in June 2018 that Strauss initially got the invite to the WWE NXT training facility in Orlando for a three-day tryout. Living in Brick, with his wife Tara, their 2-year-old twins, Carter and Cash, and his 18-year-old stepson Caleb, a senior in high school, Strauss flew to Florida for his chance at a "dream."
"It was tryout where you are put through ring tests, fitness tests to see where you at," he said. "You get a chance to showcase your character and your overall personality and they see if you are coachable."
WWE is a dream come true for Woodbridge's Robert Strauss Recently signed as a "rookie" to WWE NXT, Woodbridge's Robert Strauss is living his dream come true as a WWE superstar. Known as Robert Strauss The Brand, he will be among WWE NXT superstars appearing in an upcoming Northeast WWE Live tour, with a stop in Asbury Park Convention Hall at 5 p.m. on May 19.1 of 17
Recently signed as a "rookie" to WWE NXT, Woodbridge's Robert Strauss is living his dream come true as a WWE superstar. Known as Robert Strauss The Brand, he will be among WWE NXT superstars appearing in an upcoming Northeast WWE Live tour, with a stop in Asbury Park Convention Hall at 5 p.m. on May 19.
Eight months later, he got "the call" and found himself in training as a rookie at the WWE NXT camp in the Performance Center in Orlando. After 19 years wrestling in many formats, mostly under the name "Robbie E," Strauss was officially signed with the WWE NXT branch on March 11.
"Every wrestler that starts somewhere within them, their ultimate goal is to always be a part of the WWE and be a WWE superstar," Strauss said. "Throughout my travels and everything, I've wrestled all over the world. I've wrestled pretty much everywhere but my dream was always to be a part of the WWE."
A week later on March 21, he debuted. Now he is Robert Strauss The Brand a fast-talking, fashion-forward manager who represents other wrestlers such as Rinku Singh, Saurav Gurjar and Riddick Moss in the ring. Likening the character and personality to that of Ari Gold of "Entourage," Strauss said The Brand is a fun part to play.
"My name is Robert Strauss and I'm building my brand," he said of his sports agent persona. "I'm always looking for the best talent that can be a part of my brand and that I can manage while they wrestle."
Central Jersey's own Robert Strauss The Brand will be among WWE NXT superstars appearing in an upcoming Northeast WWE Live tour, with a stop in Asbury Park Convention Hall at 5 p.m. on May 19. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Craig Ambrosio) Strauss will be among the NXT superstars appearing in an upcoming Northeast WWE Live tour, with a stop in Asbury Park Convention Hall at 5 p.m. on May 19. To say he is excited to be "coming home" with the WWE is an understatement. It's continuing the dream.
"I've wrestled so many times in Jersey in my life, but being able to perform as an official WWE superstar in front of my family and friends is gonna be a dream come true," Strauss said. "This is what I've always wanted and my family is very supportive, so it was like, we have this opportunity. I would have done anything to take it. My wife very supportive of what I am doing now. She is very happy for me that I finally have gotten to where I wanted to get the WWE. It's just an exciting time.
Strauss is still actively training in the ring, but the role he has been doing lately in the live events have been more "managerial." Strauss thinks that is "great."
"Nineteen years of being in sports entertainment takes a beating on your body," he said. "It's obviously very physical so to have this role which gives you a bit of a break from that is phenomenal. And also its a new challenge for me to work on something different because I have always been just doing physical stuff in the rings and now I'm outside the ring which is a new challenge for me."
Under the WWE umbrella, there are different television shows, including Raw, Smackdown and NXT. At the NXT headquarters in Orlando, Strauss hones his brand The Brand at local shows along with continuing to train and "touch up his skills," mold his character and receive invaluable coaching "to get into the best shape of your life," he said.
"At this facility and every day, you basically get everything you need to be the best sports entertainer you can be," said Strauss, clearly loving every second of this journey. "I get there and I don't want to leave. During the week, there is training and during the weekends, you do live events. It's crazy that after 19 years of being in sports entertainment, I'm still learning, but the coaches are so great and there is so much knowledge to gain. I've already learned so many things that I just never even thought of. I never thought I would learn more, but when you are with the top talent in the world teaching you it's unreal."
A former physical education teacher at Woodbridge High School, Strauss competed in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic independent promotions under the ring name Rob Eckos. He later signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2010 and became "Robbie E." Strauss went onto be seen weekly on Spike TV's "Impact Wrestling" and was best known as half of the tag team "The Bro Mans" with Jesse Godderz of "Big Brother" fame. Strauss is a former two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion as part of "The BroMans," as well as a former TNA Television Champion and TNA X Division Champion.
Pro wrestler and former "Amazing Race" contestant Rob Strauss, who once taught at Woodbridge High School as a gym teacher, is back on television this time as a contestant on "The Titan Games," hosted and produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The 10-episode fitness-based reality show will air on Thursdays beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 on NBC. Pro wrestler and former "Amazing Race" contestant Rob Strauss, who once taught at Woodbridge High School as a gym teacher, is back on television this time as a contestant on "The Titan Games," hosted and produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The 10-episode fitness-based reality show will air on Thursdays beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 on NBC. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Rob Strauss) Also, in 2012, Strauss was on an episode of MTV's "Made" in 2012 and in 2014, he finished fourth as one-half of "The Wrestlers" from season 25's "The Amazing Race." In between wrestling professionally and travelling the world, Strauss had added a YouTube series called the "Dad Bod Destroyer" for "Muscle and Fitness" magazine upon the birth of his baby boys. He also founded and ran the popular podcast "Why It Ended?" which discussed why and how famous wrestlers' careers ended. That series, which ended recently, can be found on any streaming sites such as iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.
Prior to his new stint in the WWE, Strauss was seen in January as a contestant on inaugural season of "The Titan Games," hosted and