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Who is Joe Hendry?: TNA superstar who appeared on WWE NXT

Published at :June 20, 2024 at 4:19 PM
Modified at :June 20, 2024 at 4:19 PM
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Joe Hendry is one of the most famous wrestling stars in the planet.

Joe Samuel Hendry, born on May 1, 1988, in Scotland, is an professional wrestler and musician known for his charisma, athletic prowess, and musical talents. He is Currently signed with Total Nonstop Action (TNA), Hendry has carved a unique niche in the wrestling world, becoming the longest-reigning TNA Digital Media Champion.

Joe Hendry’s journey in professional wrestling began at the Source Wrestling School, where he trained under Damian Mackle, Mikey Whiplash, Robbie Brookside, and Marty Jones. His early career saw brief appearances for WWE as a Rosebud and a Russian diplomat on Raw in 2014. His first Canadian tour was with SMASH Wrestling, and he also worked for Pro Wrestling Ulster.

Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW)

In 2013, Hendry began regularly appearing for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), where he joined James R. Kennedy’s stable, the Kennedy Administration. Hendry entered a notable rivalry with Big Damo and later feuded with fellow Kennedy Administration member Kenny Williams. On April 6, 2015, Hendry challenged Drew Galloway for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship but was unsuccessful. He later formed a successful tag team, “The Local Fire,” with Davey Boy, winning the ICW Tag Team Championships in 2016.

Ring of Honor (ROH) and World of Sport Wrestling (WOS)

In 2016, Hendry made appearances for Ring of Honor during their UK tour and returned in 2018 to challenge Silas Young for the ROH World Television Championship. He formed a tag team with Dalton Castle and participated in various matches before the COVID-19 pandemic halted operations. Between 2018 and 2019, Hendry was part of the rebooted World of Sport Wrestling, where he engaged in several high-profile feuds and title challenges.

Also Read: Fans react as Joe Hendry makes surprise appearance at WWE NXT (June 18, 2024)

Longest-Reigning Digital Media Champion

Hendry returned to Impact Wrestling in 2022 and quickly made an impact by winning the Impact Digital Media Championship on November 10. His reign saw successful defenses against notable opponents like Moose and Matt Cardona, making him the longest-reigning champion in the title’s history. Hendry’s title run was characterized by his entertaining feuds and innovative matches, solidifying his status as a top star in TNA.

Recent Achievements and Crossover with NXT

In April 2024, Hendry’s theme tune, “I Believe In Joe Hendry,” went viral, peaking at number 4 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart and number 6 on the UK Singles Sales Charts. This musical success further showcased Hendry’s versatility and connection with fans.

On June 18, 2024, Hendry made his NXT debut, sparking curiosity among WWE fans about the TNA star. This crossover appearance highlighted the buzz and excitement surrounding Hendry, making many wonder who he is and why the hype is there for the TNA star.

Championships & Accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

British Wrestling

  • 2018 British Senior Championship Freestyle Bronze Medal
  • 2018 British Senior Championship Greco-Roman Gold Medal
  • 2018 English Senior Championship Freestyle Gold Medal
  • 2017 British Senior Championship Freestyle Gold Medal
  • 2017 British Closed Senior Championship Freestyle Silver Medal
  • 2017 Tryst Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medal
  • 2015 Scottish Open Senior Freestyle Silver Medal
  • 2015 Tryst Open Senior Freestyle Bronze Medal

Professional wrestling

British Wrestling Revolution

  • BWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

DDT Pro-Wrestling

  • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)

Discovery Wrestling

  • Y Division Championship (1 time)

Fight Forever Wrestling

  • Fight Forever Men’s World Championship (1 time)

Impact Wrestling

  • Impact Digital Media Championship (1 time)
  • Glasgow Cup (2023)

Insane Championship Wrestling

  • ICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Davey Boy
  • ICW Tag Team Title Tournament (2016) – with Davey Boy

New Generation Wrestling

  • NGW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kid Fite and Lionheart

Pride Wrestling

  • N7 Championship (1 time)

Pro Wrestling Elite

  • PWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 84 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2023

Pro Wrestling Ulster

  • PWU All-Ulster Championship (2 times)

Reckless Intent Wrestling

  • Reckless Intent World Championship (1 time)
  • Reckless Intent UK Championship (1 time)

Respect Pro Wrestling

  • Respect Pro Wrestling Championship (1 time)

Ring of Honor

  • ROH Year-End Award (1 time)
  • Best Entrance (2020)

Scottish Wrestling Alliance

  • SWA Laird of the Ring Championship (1 time)
  • Scottish Wrestling Entertainment
  • SWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Scottish Wrestling Network

  • SWN Award (2 times)
  • Outstanding Recognition Award for Versatility in Sport (2018)
  • Adam’s Wrestler of the Year (2018)

What Culture Pro Wrestling / Defiant Wrestling

  • WCPW Championship (1 time)
  • Defiant Internet Championship (1 time)
  • Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble (2016)

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