Roderick Strong owes his successful wrestling career to his father, Bill Lindsey, who has constantly encouraged him since childhood. He was once a collegiate wrestler who was trained under Jim Neidhart.
After Roderick witnessed his father stepping into the wrestling world, he followed and learned from him.
Moreover, his dad and his trained brother, Sedrick Strong. Let’s unveil more about Roderick Strong’s parents and brother.
Roderick Strong is a professional wrestler famous for his stint with WWE, where he performed on the NXT brand.
His debut in NXT marked a significant moment in his career when he joined The Undisputed Era alongside Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly.
Strong is also known for contributing his 13 years to Ring of Honor (ROH). Showcasing his excellence in ROH, he held the ROH World Champion title and World Tag Team Champion.
Furthermore, the Eau Claire native also successfully ran in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, winning the World Championship.
Roderick Strong Father Bill Lindsey Is His Biggest Inspiration
Roderick was born Christopher Lindsey to his parents on July 26, 1983, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the United States of America.
He was very young when he relocated to Florida with his family. His family includes his father, Bill Lindsey, his mother, and a sibling.
The graduate of Riverview High School was interested in playing American football in his early days.
Roderick enrolled at the University of South Florida on an academic scholarship but dropped out after two years.
Strong had a rough childhood, but Bill Lindsey never stopped encouraging him to pursue his wrestling career.
Not only did he make his dad proud, but he also credits his success to him for his achievements. He says,
My father is the reason I’m a wrestler today. He was trained by Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and competed under the names Billy the Kid and Elvis Wesley on the Florida Independent scene.
However, the wrestler does not look up to his mother like his father. His mom was very different from the normal one, as his mom shot his father and spent most of her time in prison.
He was only 12 when he had to face such a horrible incident witnessed horrible incident. Fortunately, it was non-fatal, but this tough phase drifted the mother and son apart.
Roderick still gets emotional whenever he remembers his rough childhood. Discussing this, he once even said that his mother was a drought.
His Extended Family
Roderick Strong also has a brother named Sedrick Strong. Sharing a common passion for wrestling, the siblings work hard to establish their respective names as professional wrestlers.
When Roderick was already professional, his brother Sedrick was just a trainee. Making a professional debut in 2000, he is currently recognized for competing on the independent circuit.
As of now, Roderick Strong has already started his own family. He is happily married to his wrestler wife, Marina Shafir.
The WWE couple got engaged in 2015 after dating for some time. They were blessed with a baby boy, Troy Veniamin Lindsey, two years later, on April 24, 2017.
After the birth of their son, the duo exchanged wedding vows on November 7, 2018. At the moment, the family of three is leading a blissful life in Orlando, Florida.