Hanson

IntroAmerican professional wrestler
A.K.A.Hanson
Is Wrestler 
Athlete 
Amateur wrestler 
From United States of America 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 3 March 1984 
, Lynn, USA
Age36 years
Star signPisces
Stats
Height: 1.88 m

Todd Smith (born March 3, 1984) is an American professional wrestler currently working full-time for WWE, performing on its Raw brand under the ring name Ivar, as one half of the tag team The Viking Raiders. He is best known under the ring name Hanson, which he used from 2013 to 2019. Smith and Raymond Rowe, (now known as “Erik”) have been a regular tag team since 2014, initially under the name War Machine, then later War Raiders, The Viking Experience and The Viking Raiders.

Smith and Rowe have held tag team championships on two continents, being two times IWGP Tag Team Champions in Japan and having won the ROH World Tag Team Champion and NXT Tag Team Championship in the United States.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2001–2013)

Trained by Killer Kowalski, Smith made his debut in 2001. For the next several years, he worked for a number of independent professional wrestling promotions throughout New England, most notably New England Championship Wrestling and Chaotic Wrestling. Well known for his tag team background, he was part of The Trendsetters with Max Bauer and Pretty Psycho with Psycho. He and Brian Milonas were also the head instructors at the Chaotic Wrestling training facility in North Andover, Massachusetts.

Smith appeared on Velocity on December 16, 2005, losing to Doug Basham. The following year, on September 15, 2006, he appeared on SmackDown as Todd Hansen in a losing effort to Sylvester Terkay.

On February 16, 2008, Smith defeated Brandon Locke for the NECW Television Championship in Quincy, Massachusetts. The title was vacated on April 22, 2008, due to an injury Smith suffered in a title defense. On June 1, 2008, Smith became the champion again after defeating Chase Del Monte in a tournament final held at Suffolk Downs. In late 2008 a series of vignettes featuring Smith began to air during Chaotic Wrestling live events and on the web, showed Handsome Johnny discovering himself on a trip abroad and lead to the introduction of “The Duke of Elegance” Don Chesterfield into Chaotic storylines. Smith also used this character for the Eastern Wrestling Alliance as well as Front Row Wrestling. In NECW, he changed his ring name in 2010 to “Handsome” Johnny Hayes.

Ring of Honor (2013–2017)

Smith made his ROH debut on July 27 a losing effort in a four-corner survival also featuring Brian Fury, Kongo, and Vinny Marseglia. A few months after this, he was announced as the eighth participant in the 2014 edition of the Top Prospect Tournament. He defeated Cheeseburger and Andrew Everett in the opening rounds before going on to win the tournament at Wrestling’s Finest by defeating Raymond Rowe in the final. As a result, he earned an ROH World Television Championship match against reigning champion Tommaso Ciampa at the 12th Anniversary Show, but was unsuccessful.

He then formed a tag team with Raymond Rowe known as |War Machine. On April 11, 2014, Hanson and Rowe both signed contracts with ROH. On August 22, 2015, War Machine defeated Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Lance Archer) in a non-title match and afterwards challenged them to a match for their GHC Tag Team Championship, a title owned by the Japanese Pro Wrestling Noah promotion. War Machine received their title shot in Japan on September 19, but were defeated by the Killer Elite Squad. On December 18 at Final Battle, War Machine defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) on May 9, 2016, at War of the Worlds. War Machine’s final appearance with ROH was on December 16, 2017.

Japan (2015–2018)

On September 14, 2015, Hanson and Rowe made their Japanese debuts for Pro Wrestling Noah, teaming with Takashi Sugiura in a six-man tag team main event, where they defeated Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, and Minoru Suzuki). This led to a match five days later, where War Machine unsuccessfully challenged Smith and Archer for the GHC Tag Team Championship.

In November 2016, War Machine made their debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) by entering the 2016 World Tag League. They finished the tournament on December 7 with a record of four wins and three losses, failing to advance to the finals.

On April 9, 2017, at Sakura Genesis 2017, War Machine defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) on June 11 at Dominion 6.11 in Osaka-jo Hall, regaining it in a no disqualification match on July 1 at G1 Special in USA. They lost the title to Killer Elite Squad in a three-way match, also involving Guerrillas of Destiny, on September 24 at Destruction in Kobe.

WWE (2018–present)

On January 16, 2018, WWE announced that Hanson had signed a contract with the company and would be reporting to the WWE Performance Center. On March 17, 2018, Hanson and tag team partner, Rowe made their NXT debut at a house show, defeating the team of Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi in their first match. On the edition of April 11, 2018 of NXT, he and Rowe, dubbed War Machine, made their TV debuts, attacking Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight) and the team of Riddick Moss and Tino Sabbatelli. Two days later on the April 13, 2018 edition of NXT they went on to defeat the team of Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.

Throughout the beginning of the year, the team of Hanson & Rowe, now dubbed the War Raiders would continue their winning streak, by defeating several tag teams in the NXT division, including The Mighty and Heavy Machinery. At NXT TakeOver: WarGames (2018) in Los Angeles, War Raiders would team up with Ricochet and Pete Dunne in the main event to defeat The Undisputed Era in the eponymous WarGames match. At NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, War Raiders would defeat the team of Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. On April 15, they debuted on Raw, winning on their debut.

Personal life

Todd Smith, along with his teammate Raymond Rowe, are straight edge.

Other media

Hanson made his video game debut as part of the Titans Pack of downloadable characters available for WWE 2K19.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Brew City Wrestling

    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Raymond Rowe
  • Chaotic Wrestling

    • Chaotic Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Psycho
  • Millennium Wrestling Federation

    • MWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • MWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Beau Douglas
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling

    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Raymond Rowe
  • NWA New England

    • NWA New England Television Championship (1 time)
    • NWA New England Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Beau Douglas
  • New England Championship Wrestling

    • NECW Television Championship (2 times)
    • IRON 8 Championship (2010)
  • New England Wrestling Alliance

    • NEWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Northeast Wrestling

    • NEW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated

    • PWI ranked him #108 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
  • Ring of Honor

    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ray Rowe
    • Top Prospect Tournament (2014)
  • Ultimate Championship Wrestling

    • UCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Beau Douglas
  • VIP Wrestling

    • VIP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Raymond Rowe
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling

    • WCPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ray Rowe
  • WWE

    • NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rowe
    • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Erik
  • Xtreme Wrestling Alliance

    • XWA Heavyweight Champion (1 time)
  • Other titles

    • OW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Psycho
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