Eric Bugenhagen Early Life, WWE Career, Wife and Net Worth

Eric Bugenhagen is an American professional wrestler, former bodybuilder, and even a former powerlifter.

Eric Bugenhagen is currently signed with WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Rick Boogs.

He is a two-time WWE 24/7 Champion, a title he won under the name of Joseph Average.

In this article we are talking to about Eric Bugenhagen, His career, wife and much more. First we are starting his quick facts.

Quick Facts: Eric Bugenhagen

Full NameEric Bugenhagen
Date of BirthDecember 1, 1987
Birth PlaceFranklin, Wisconsin
Ring NameRic Boog
Ric Bugez
Eric Bugenhagen
ReligionChristianity
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Age33 years old 
Height6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m)
Weight106 kg (234 lb)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlue
BuildMuscular
Marital StatusMarried
Wife’s NameName Unknown
KidsDaughter
EducationFranklin High School
University of Wisconsin
TattooYes (in the chest and near the waist)
Profession/ JobWrestler, Powerlifter
MerchandiseClothing
Professional sinceOctober 19, 2017
Net Worth$1 million
Earning from YouTube$72,000
Social MediaInstagramTwitterYouTube
Last Update2021

Eric Bugenhagen | Early Life and Education

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

Like any other athlete, he is quite particular about what he chooses to share his life with in the media.

Herewith, there is no detailed information about his childhood, family background, and even parents.

As for his academics, Eric Buggenhagen accomplished his high school studies at Franklin High School and then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin.

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Eric Bugenhagen | Early Life and Education

Besides, during his college, Eric majored in Kinesiology and History. Also, below are some of the likes and facts on Eric Bugenhagen.

Bugenhagen can play musical instruments like guitar, drum, and bass well. Back in his childhood, he used to perform in a band with his brothers.

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His favorite movie is Conan the Barbarian. Eric is an animal lover and owns a dog pet himself.

Eric Bugenhagen Age, Height, Weight and Body Measurements

In 2021, He is currently living in her mid 30’s i.e., 33 years of age.

Eric Bugenhagen stands at a decent height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) while weighing 106 kg (234 lb).

Furthermore, Eric has a mesmerizing body with 20 inches biceps, a waist span of 16 inches (40.4 cm), and a shoulder span of 23 inches (59.7 cm). 

As for his appearance, Eric has a fair skin tone with a rectangular face and dark hair, and a beard to complement it.

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Eric Bugenhagen Age

Apart from her clean, maintained facial hair and normal hair, she has light blue eyes.

Also, as you see on the left side of the chest, Eric Buggenhagen has a tattoo engraved on it. His tattoo is the letter “WWE”, which is overlapped by the skull of a human.

According to sources, that tattoo signifies that Eric Buggenhagen rules the WWE.

Amateur Wrestling Career

After winning a state title while at Franklin High School in Franklin, Wisconsin, Bugenhagen wrestled for NCAA Division I University of Wisconsin under Barry Davis.

Bugenhagen competed for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2006 to 2011, starting at 184 pounds in his sophomore season and at heavyweight his junior and senior years.

Bugenhagen twice competed at the NCAA Championships, qualifying for the 2010 and 2011 tournaments in Omaha, Nebraska, and Philadelphia, respectively.

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He went 2-4 at the NCAAs and also wrestled in a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.

He graduated with a degree in kinesiology and worked as a wrestling coach for his alma mater after graduating.

Professional Wrestling Career

Bugenhagen made his professional wrestling debut on the October 19, 2017 episode of WWE NXT Live, where he fell short to Lars Sullivan in a singles match.

After an injury set him back significantly, he returned to wrestling at NXT live events under the ring name Ric Boog.

Under his real name, Bugenhagen lost to Drew Gulak on February 6, 2019 on NXT in his television debut.

On the May 1, 2019 episode of WWE Worlds Collide, he participated in a 20-man battle royal as Rik Bugez, competing against other popular superstars such as Brian Kendrick, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, Tyler Bate and the winner Roderick Strong.

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On the February 21, 2019 episode of WWE NXT Live, Bugez teamed up with Denzel Dejournette to unsuccessfully face the NXT Tag Team Champions of the time, The Viking Raiders (Ivar and Erik).

A notable confrontation of his career took place on the February 22, 2020 episode of WWE NXT Live, where Bugez unsuccessfully competed against Finn Balor in a losing effort.

Bugez made several appearances as an extra in the main shows, being one of the many NXT performers being used as part of a makeshift crowd on Raw at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Leading up to WrestleMania 37, Bugez played Old Spice representative character Joseph Average/The Nightpanther in several backstage advertisements at Fastlane and after WrestleMania 37,

During which he defeated R-Truth and Akira Tozawa to capture the WWE 24/7 Championship twice, although the second reign is currently not officially recognized by WWE

On May 21, 2021, Bugez, now going by the tweaked ring name Rick Boogs, made his main roster debut on SmackDown, playing Shinsuke Nakamura to the ring with an electric guitar.

How Much is Eric Bugenhagen’s Net Worth & Salary?

As of 2021, 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 Bugenhagen also endorses fitness brands like Rogue Fitness, which is the influencer for health and fitness in a positive and scientifically sound way.

Eric Bugenhagen | Private Life

Bugenhagen is a married man with a beautiful baby girl. Apart from being the 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.

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

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Anyway, Eric 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.

Social Media Presence

Instagram handle@the_vanhagen
Twitter handle@rikbugez
YouTube handleEric Bugenhagen 

Eric Bugenhagen | FAQs

Who made Eric’s action figure?

The fighter’s action figure was made by Steve A who makes custom and non-custom WWE and wrestling figures. Bugenhagen thanked the artist for creating his action figure through an Instagram post.

How much can Rik Bugez bench press?

As of 2021, the professional wrestler can bench press 470 lbs.

What is Eric Bugenhagen’s tattoo?

The WWE wrestler has the promotion’s logo tattooed on his chest. Furthermore, the logo is overlapped by a picture of a skull. From far away, it almost looks like a heart.

Did Eric Bugenhagen sustain an injury?

Yes, at the start of 2018, the Youtube personality severely injured his knee. However, he kept training and lifting which made the situation even worse. 

As a result, he suffered a torn ACL, torn MCL, and two tears in the meniscus. Finally, he took some time off training and had surgery on his left knee.

Is Rik Bugez involved in politics?

No, the Youtuber and wrestler is purely focused on his work and is not involved in any politics.

What is Eric Bugenhagen’s famous motivational quote?

Eric can always be heard saying, “It’s a mindset” and is quite well-known for it.

Was Eric Bugenhagen released by NXT?

Yes, he was released by NXT in 2021. Nevertheless, he still performs on SmackDown.

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