NXT/ROBERT STRAUSS: Woodbridge's Rob Strauss brands himself in the ring (My Central Jersey)

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
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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
































































































































































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