Madcap Moss is one of WWE‘s rising stars who broke out into the limelight after aligning himself with Happy Corbin and winning the 2022 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. WWE has been featuring him on SmackDown on a regular basis since he began his alliance with Happy Corbin, which evolved into a heated rivalry. He’s been with the WWE since 2014 and worked his way up developmental to reach the place he’s in today.
He’s showing tons of potential that could very well lead him to become a star performer for WWE in the coming years, and it’s only fitting for the fans to know him better. With that said, let’s take a look at ten things WWE fans should know about Madcap Moss.
10 Entered The WWE Performance Center in 2014
Madcap Moss started his pro wrestling training at WWE’s state-of-the-art Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, in 2014, where the company groomed several successful wrestlers of today.
Along with him, several notable wrestlers trained at the Performance Center and the list includes the likes of Cash Wheeler of FTR, current SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan, and former Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax. He made his in-ring debut for NXT in December 2014 and continued to perform for the developmental brand until his main roster call-up on the January 27, 2020, episode of Raw.
Before becoming a professional wrestler, Madcap Moss attended the University of Minnesota, where he played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. He played as an Outside linebacker for the Golden Gophers between 2008 and 2012 and even finished third on the team in tackles during his junior year.
After graduating from the university, Madcap Moss tried out for the Miami Dolphins but didn’t get signed to a contract. Following that, he chose to pursue a career in professional wrestling and found his way into the WWE Performance Center.
8 Jim Ross Got Him A WWE Tryout
Apart from his commentary duties WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross also worked as a talent scout for WWE. He was responsible for bringing in many talented wrestlers for the company, and the list includes the likes of Mick Foley, Edge, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and The Rock.
Madcap Moss contacted Jim Ross following his graduation and after being unable to secure a professional football contract. The Hall of Famer got him a tryout with the company, which turned out positive, and he reported to the company’s Performance Center in early 2014.
7 Worked Under Five Names In WWE
Character and name changes are pretty common in a pro wrestler’s career, as they have to experiment with different gimmicks and names before they find the right one for their long-term career.
Likewise, Madcap Moss has undergone five name changes throughout his eight-year stint with WWE so far. He made his debut under the name Digg Rawlis in December 2014, which changed to Mike Rawlis in February 2015. He worked under the name Michael Carter on only once occasion in February 2015 before reverting to Mike Rawlis. He got renamed as Riddick Moss in August 2015 and continued to work with the name before getting renamed Madcap Moss in late 2021.
6 He Reportedly Didn’t Get Along Well With His NXT Tag Team Partner
During his time in NXT, Madcap Moss teamed with Tino Sabbatelli under the team name God Gifted Athletes. They competed in the 2016 and 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments but lost in the first round in both instances.
They continued to team up until April 2018 before Sabbatelli ditched him following a loss to Heavy Machinery on the April 11, 2018, episode of NXT. Following his release from him in 2020, Sabbatelli revealed that he and Madcap Moss did n’t get along very well during their time as a team.
5 Worked With A Torn ACL During His Early Main Roster Days
Madcap Moss got called up to the main roster in January 2020 and worked as an ally of Mojo Rawley and worked in the 24/7 Championship segments. He went on to capture the 24/7 title from Rawley and held it for 42 days. He also worked in Shane McMahon’s Raw Underground segment and defeated a wrestler named Cal Bloom on the August 10, 2020, episode of Raw.
However, he did most of this work with a torn ACL and pushed himself through the injury. However, the damage caught up to him, and he had to be on the sidelines for an entire year.
4 Had To Apologize To Vince McMahon After A Botch
During his time as an ally of Happy Corbin, Madcap Moss entered into a feud with Drew McIntyre, which led to a Falls Count Anywhere match between the two at the 2022 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view However, the match turned ugly when Madcap Moss botched the landing of an inverted Alabama Slam from Drew McIntyre. He landed on top of his head instead of falling flat, which sparked concerns over his health.
However, he didn’t sustain any serious damage and worked his way through the match. He didn’t receive any heat for the botch, but he did apologize to Vince McMahon, Drew McIntyre, and the backstage agents after the match.
3 Is Considering A Career In Stand-Up Comedy
Madcap Moss talked about his newly discovered passion for stand-up comedy during a recent interview. His gimmick of him during his time with Happy Corbin was to troll fellow superstars with jokes, which might’ve sparked the interest for doing stand-up comedy.
He considers talking in a wrestling ring and doing stand-up comedy to have certain similarities. He revealed that he talked to Dolph Ziggler, who is also a stand-up comedian. He also revealed that he had not taken any concrete steps towards a stand-up comedy career, but that’s something he would love to do in the future.
two WWE Planned To Change His Gimmick After Face Turn
As mentioned earlier, Madcap Moss has undergone five name changes throughout his time in WWE. Following his face turn in 2022, after he turned against Happy Corbin, WWE considered a gimmick change for Madcap Moss.
WWE took him out of action with an injury angle, and various reports claimed that the company went on with the angle as they were planning for a gimmick change for Moss. His character from him has evolved into a much more serious one as compared to his time with Happy Corbin, so we can take it as a first step for a long-term plan for Madcap Moss in the coming days.
1 Goldberg Was His Childhood Hero
Every wrestler would have looked up to another wrestler as their idol while they were growing up, and for Madcap Moss, it was WCW legend and WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg.
Moss revealed in a recent interview that he got to spend some time with his hero Goldberg. The former WCW and Universal Champion reportedly gave valuable advice to Madcap Moss during their interaction, which he said he’d try to emulate in his performance.