Eric Bugenhagen

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Eric Bugenhagen

Eric Bugenhagen

Eric Bugenhagen is a former powerlifter, a professional WWE wrestler, and a bodybuilder. Eric Bugenhagen is an athlete who possesses such contagious positive energies.

People were blown away by his physique and demeanor when he first made his thunderous entrance.

Education and Childhood

Eric Bugenhagen was born in Franklin, Wisconsin, on December 1, 1987, under the sign of Sagittarius.

He, like any other athlete, is picky about what he shares about his life in the media.

There is no information on his childhood, family background, or even parents included.

In terms of his education, Bugenhagen graduated from Franklin High School and then went on to the University of Wisconsin.

Eric also double-majored in Kinesiology and History in college.

Also included are some of Bugenhagen’s favorites and facts.

Bugenhagen is a talented musician who can play the guitar, drums, and bass.

He used to play in a band with his brothers when he was younger.

Body Measurements & Lifestyle

Eric Bugenhagen is a strong wrestler with a well-trained physique.

He stands at a respectable 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighs 106 kg (234 lb).

Eric also has a captivating figure with 20-inch biceps, a 16-inch (40.4-centimeter) waist, and a 23-inch shoulder breadth (59.7 cm).

Eric has a pale complexion, a rectangular face, black hair, and a beard to suit his image.

He has light blue eyes, as well as clean, well-maintained facial hair and regular hair.

Furthermore, Bugenhagen has a tattoo imprinted on the left side of his chest.

The letter “WWE” is tattooed on his forearm, which is encircled by a human skull.

That tattoo, according to reports, signifies Bugenhagen’s reign over WWE.


It is the most important aspect of an athlete’s life when it comes to workouts and training.

Similarly, everyone has their own manner of training, and Eric’s training is as distinctive as his personality.

Eric feels that getting stronger means being able to lift more weight rather than getting bigger.

Eric has been going to the gym since he was in high school because he has always wanted to be a weightlifter.

Eric also does a lot of reverse flies on the cable crossover to strengthen his rear delts, traps, and rhomboids when he’s in the gym.

Every day, Eric’s training consists primarily of deadlifts and lifting, which includes sumo deadlifts, pullups or dips, bent-over rows, and other exercises.


A balanced diet goes hand in hand with intense workouts for a healthy body.

Bugenhagen follows a rigorous training regimen and a stringent diet that ranges from 2,000 to 6,000 calories each day.

To show, his dirt changes in response to his workout, as well as the addition of protein supplements and the maintenance of his sleeping schedule.

Eric also consumes a full pot of coffee as a fat burner before working out, and he occasionally substitutes oatmeal or milk.

When it came to his food, Bugenhagen went to great lengths to maintain his massive physique.

He recently admitted that when he was younger and urgently trying to gain and retain mass, he ate cat food.

According to him, the cat food served as a boost of protein on the road to ensure he met his daily macros.

Facts of Eric Bugenhagen

Full Name Eric Bugenhagen
Date of Birth December 1, 1987
Birth Place Franklin, Wisconsin
Ring Name Ric Boog
Ric Bugez
Eric Bugenhagen
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Age 34 years old
Height 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Blue
Build Muscular
Marital Status Married
Wife’s Name Name Unknown
Kids Daughter
Education Franklin High School
University of Wisconsin
Tattoo Yes (in the chest and near the waist)
Profession/ Job Wrestler, Powerlifter
Merchandise Clothing
Professional since October 19, 2017
Net Worth $1 million
Earning from YouTube $72,000
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, YouTube
Last Update April 2022

Net Worth & Salary

As of 2022, Eric Bugenhagen is reported to have a net worth of $1 million.

Furthermore, Bugenhagen runs his own YouTube channel where he puts on his signature headband and teaches about weight training, which is expected to earn $72,000.

Eric also endorses fitness brands like Rogue Fitness, which is the influencer for health and fitness in a positive and scientifically sound way.

Early Career

Bugenhagen was enamored of muscles and strength ever since high school and started working in it then.

At the same time, he also coached the team, and at the end of his college, he was already listed as the top ten U.S. amateur wrestler in 2011.

Hence, throughout his early years, he was a part of the Badgers wrestling squad, participating as a heavyweight in 2012. Before trying wrestling, Bugenhagen was one of the top lifters on youtube.


Eric began lifting after high school when he started hitting the gym and introduced the gym into his own residence. However, his significant performance in lifting has been since 2011.

Furthermore, he has featured in the USAPL push-pull meet back in 2013, when he had the opening with a 605 deadlift and a 375 bench.

Moreover, for lifting, he makes his film for youtube, and anyone can watch it like his hack lift “behind the back deadlift” (originally introduced by Russian weightlifter) (first introduced by Russian weightlifter).

Apart from these, Eric fears death cause the eventual death may make him no one in this world; so, he tries hard for everyone to remember him.

“I appreciate many super-strong people in the iron game, but I most definitely do not look up to them. I think it’s the mindset that drives champions.

Unfortunately, that also may be the thinking that drives me to an early death! I want to be recognized for my work ethic, energy, and enthusiasm… my will to continually hit greater and better numbers! I want to influence people.”

–Kevin Kisner


When Eric came into wrestling at Franklin High School, no one knew him.

Even when he trained hard under coach Barry Davis and wrestled in the NCAA Division I at the University of Wisconsin, hardly one knew him.

By the end of his senior years in college, he had compiled the 56-55 mark after heavyweight wrestling and things.

To that point, he had partaken in two NCAA CHampionship; one in 2011 at Omaha, Nebraska, while the other in 201 at Philadelphia.

Following that, Eric started working as a strength coach and a volunteer assistant coach in Wisconsin.

Professional Career

In 2017 WWE signed a deal with Eric and debuted under NXT on October 19, 2017. His foremost match came against Lars Sullivan, which sadly resulted in a loss.

For a few times, he couldn’t get the feel of the arena, thus, claiming losses.

Laster, Eric paired with the Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight), as they claimed victory against Chad Lail & The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake).

Eric Bugenhagen
Eric Bugenhagen in an ongoing wrestling match. Source: biographymask

After a year in wrestling, Eric changed his ring name to Ric Boog, removing his real name.

With the new name, he wrestled in the November 30, 2018, live event against Kassius Ohno, followed by December 6 live event.


For the first tag team match, Eric paired with Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) and later changed to pair with Mansoor Al-Shehail.

Bugenhagen closed the year with a loss against Punishment Martinez in a singles match. The next year, Eric faced his former tagged partner, Mansoor Al-Shehail, which also came as a loss.

Consequently, Eric made the NXT television debut with his real name as he stood against Drew Gulak, which was unsuccessful.

Equally important, after defeats, Eric rose high as he claimed NXT Tag Team Champions the War Raiders alongside his tagged partner, Denzel Dejournette.

As of 2020, Eric featured with his new ring name Rik Bugez as he claimed victory over Tino Sabbatelli at a March 7 live event.


Likewise, the same year, Bugenhagen enrolled in WWE’s business partner EVOLVE wrestling. He unsuccessfully debuted with the ring name Rik Bugez at EVOLVE 143 against Joe Gacy.

With the fall, Eric rose to lick the wound and later defeated Anthony Greene at EVOLVE 144.


Bugenhagen is a guy who can deadlift 800+ loves caffeine, rocks with metal music, and is all about life and its charisma.

Most importantly, he doesn’t have that cliche in character, he is someone that seems to try hard because his flow comes naturally.

Additionally, he is all about his instruments, drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, and his high-pitched yells and screams.

Just like him, his theme music is also Blood Pressure.

In 2019, Eric also optimized his attire with long hair and a handlebar-styled mustache.

Back then, he had the entrance with his theme song and a guitar in his hand, giving in the vibes of a rock star with unlimited fun.

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Private Life and Social Media

Bugenhagen is a married man with a beautiful baby girl.

Apart from being a strong man, wrestler, and lifter, he is a dad! In fact, it’s awesome to see someone so humorous and full of life being someone’s whole life.

Unfortunately, he is quite selfish not to expose his family to the spotlight; hence, we have no information about them.

However, it’s understandable for the reason why they aren’t exposed because people, you know!

Anyway, Bugenhagen does share his cutesy little moments with his family and never fails to express love for them.

Also, everything’s right when they are getting strong and happy with each other.

His Instagram handle is @the vanhagen, his Twitter handle is @rikbugez and his YouTube handle is Eric Bugenhagen.