Who is Lars Sullivan?
Standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds, this guy is definitely big.
So who is he?
Here is what you need to know about this unique wrestler.
Real name: There’s conflicting information on the real name of Lars Sullivan.
When Sullivan joined WWE in 2013, Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer reported his name as Dylan Miley. He also wrestled under that name in NXT from 2015 through 2017. However, when Miley changed his ring name to Lars Sullivan in May 2017, Meltzer reported his real name as Dylan Roode.
Meltzer wrote, “Dylan Miley, who they’ve been protecting on the house shows and television, is being given a new name of Lars Sullivan, which sounds like a cross between Lars Anderson and Kevin Sullivan. His real name is Dylan Roode so he had to change the last name. Miley does sound like Miley Cyrus and doesn’t fit a powerhouse looking guy.”
It’s possible that Sullivan didn’t want fans to confuse him with Bobby Roode, who was already a world-renowned wrestler by the time he joined NXT in July 2016.
Sullivan has an account on BodySpace, which confirms his first name as Dylan.
Age: According to Lars Sullivan’s BodySpace account, he is now 30 years old. His birthday is July 6, according to this Instagram post by WWE. Therefore, he was born on July 6, 1987.
Ring names: After wrestling under the name Dylan Miley since his debut in 2015, he began appearing as Lars Sullivan on May 6, 2017.
Height: According to Lars Sullivan’s BodySpace account, he is 6 feet 2 inches.
Weight: WWE bills Lars Sullivan’s weight at 300 pounds. That number might be exaggerated as Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer and Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com both had him listed as 285 pounds when he joined the company in 2013.
Billed from: At NXT live events, Lars Sullivan gets billed from Denver, Colorado. According to his BodySpace account, he lived in Westminster, Colorado, which is a northwest suburb of Denver.
Trained by: Lars Sullivan is now being trained by various coaches at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. It is not known if he did wrestling training before joining WWE.
Wrestling debut: Under the ring name Dylan Miley, Lars Sullivan made his wrestling debut on March 29, 2015, at WrestleMania 31 Axxess in San Jose, California. He beat Marcus Louis.
Misidentified online as ‘Dylan Mile’, Dylan Miley signed with WWE as early as October 2013. He reported to the WWE Performance Center by September 2014 and made his professional wrestling debut at WrestleMania 31 Axxess on March 29, 2015, beating Marcus Louis under the ring name Dylan Miley. He would not wrestle again until March 5, 2016, at the WWE Experience at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival, where he lost to Apollo Crews.
Miley made his NXT wrestling debut on March 18, 2016, at a live event in Tampa, Florida, beating Bronson Matthews. He wrestled sporadically at live events through May 2016, scoring wins over Patrick Clark, Josh Woods, and Noah Kekoa. Miley suffered a knee injury during a drill at the WWE Performance Center, which required surgery in September 2016 and kept him out of action until April 2017.
Miley made his television debut and return to action on NXT on April 12, 2017, teaming with Michael Blais in a loss to Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa (collectively known as #DIY). Enraged over the outcome, Miley snapped and unleashed a merciless beating on Blais, repeatedly thrashing his partner before putting him down with a powerslam.
On May 6, 2017, Miley began wrestling under the ring name Lars Sullivan (he beat Cezar Bononi at a live event in St. Petersburg, Florida). He made his first television appearance as Lars Sullivan on June 7, 2017, teaming with Victor Andrews in a loss to Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic (collectively known as Heavy Machinery). Just like the last time a teammate failed him, Sullivan snapped at his partner, clobbering Andrews before snatching him into a Canadian backbreaker.
After a third tag team match that resulted in Sullivan assaulting his partner, he made his first televised appearance on his own on August 23, 2017, attacking No Way Jose from behind before a scheduled match (Sullivan was not Jose’s opponent). Later in the evening, footage from WWE.com revealed what seemed to spark Sullivan’s anger. The temperamental Sullivan was backstage being interviewed by Kayla Braxton when Jose’s entrance music distracted him to the point of fury.
Sullivan had his first televised singles match and victory on September 6, 2017, defeating Jake James, Alfred Watkins, and Ricky Martinez in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match. In the ensuing weeks, the hulking grappler powered his way past the likes of No Way Jose, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, competitors who are all known for their ability to unleash a hard-hitting attack. Meanwhile, Sullivan continued to form his character as an unstoppable monster who is also intelligent and has a massive vocabulary.
On the November 8, 2017, episode of NXT, Kassius Ohno asked NXT General Manager William Regal for a match against Sullivan at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in hopes of moving into contention for the NXT Championship. Sullivan beat Ohno at the event (held on November 18, 2017, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas) with his finishing maneuver, the Freak Accident.
While Lars Sullivan is a newcomer on NXT television, he has been under contract to WWE for almost four years.
In October 2013, Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reported that WWE had signed Dylan Mile, a 25-year-old male from Colorado who took part in a tryout a few weeks earlier at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to Johnson, he impressed WWE’s coaching staff with his agility, which included a 37-inch vertical leap.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer corroborated the report but identified him as Dylan Miley. According to Meltzer, Miley was the only person signed from a tryout that included independent wrestling standouts Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.
Miley, who apparently had no wrestling experience when he joined WWE, began training at the Performance Center by September 2014. Check out this video of him participating in an in-ring training drill with other wrestlers.
Standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds, Lars Sullivan is like a miniature Mack truck. Not only that, but this monster of a man has enormous hands.
To give you an idea of just how large his hands are, check out this photo Paul “Triple H” Levesque tweeted in 2014 comparing his hands to that of Sullivan’s.
Sullivan has made it a part of his persona as he will often pose for photos with his hand extended.
When he joined Twitter in 2014, his avatar was a photo of his hand.
Less than two years after joining WWE, Lars Sullivan wrestled his first match on March 29, 2015, at WrestleMania 31 Axxess.
Competing under the name Dylan Miley, he defeated Marcus Louis in just over four minutes. According to a fan in attendance at the event, he dominated Louis throughout the contest.
Miley was one of several NXT wrestlers to compete at Axxess, which took place over the course of four days at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. While many fans were unfamiliar with them, Miley immediately grabbed their attention.
On his in-ring debut, Dave Meltzer wrote in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “When he came out, in a sea of assembly line wrestlers on the NXT roster that worked at Axxess that most fans didn’t know, everyone stopped when he came out and paid attention even though he did little in the ring.”
During a visit to the WWE Performance Center in October 2014, Levesque was so impressed with the big man that he relayed specific instructions to the coaching staff to give him extra attention and have his progress meticulously tracked.
Sullivan also impressed Owens with his verbal skills.
“The Prizefighter” tweeted on October 2, 2014, “Can we get @DylanMWWE to like 1000 followers before the end of the day? If he tweets like he talks, you’ll all thank me for it!”
Lesnar took a liking to Sullivan during the week of WrestleMania 31 in March 2015. So much so that “The Beast Incarnate” flew out to Orlando, Florida a few weeks later to train with him at the Performance Center.
WWE officials have high hopes for Sullivan, in large part due to his unique look.
“I was told he looks to be a long-term project, but one worth devoting time to just based on his look and verbal ability,” Meltzer wrote shortly after his in-ring debut. “A lot of people have compared his look to Maurice Tillet, The French Angel from the ’40s, who was the impetus for Shrek in the movies.”
Sullivan himself sees the comparison as he liked this fan tweet saying he looks like The French Angel.
After wrestling as Dylan Miley for just over two years, the colossal wrestler adopted a new ring name: Lars Sullivan.
At a non-televised NXT show in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 6, 2017, the ring announcer introduced him under that name. He then beat Cezar Bononi in a singles match.
Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who oversees NXT, selected Miley’s ring name. He gave him an Irish-sounding name since WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has a liking for large wrestlers and is a huge proponent of anyone representing his Irish heritage. Levesque hopes that it subconsciously endears McMahon to him.
Following the name change, Sullivan changed his Twitter handle to @LarsSWWE and began looking forward to next April.
He tweeted, “336 more days until Wrestlemania. You ready?”
After two years of sporadic appearances at non-televised events, the colossal wrestler made his NXT television debut on April 12, 2017 (filmed on April 5, 2017, at Full Sail Live in Winter Park, Florida).
Wrestling under the name Dylan Miley, he partnered with Michael Blais against Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa (collectively known as #DIY).
During this tag team contest, Miley used his incredible strength to get the best of #DIY. He ran through a Ciampa clothesline attempt at the start, then later caught Gargano in a stalling vertical suplex, hosting “Johnny Wrestling” high in the air for 20 seconds.
Blais had considerably less success, however, and surrendered the offense upon tagging in. Gargano and Ciampa’s quick-hitting tag mechanics took over, resulting in a Meeting in the Middle for the pin on Blais.
Enraged over the outcome, Miley snapped and unleashed a merciless beating on Blais, repeatedly thrashing his partner before putting him down with a powerslam.
Following the match, Miley showed his softer side as he apologized to Blais backstage.
On June 7, 2017, Miley got introduced as Lars Sullivan for the first time on NXT television as he teamed up with Victor Andrews against Tucker Knight and Otis Dozovic (collectively known as Heavy Machinery).
The outlook looked good at first when the thick-boned Sullivan overpowered Knight in the early going. Once Andrews got tagged in, however, the Heavy Machinery’s smothering offense took over, and it wasn’t long before the overwhelmed grappler fell to Knight and Dozovic’s double-team specialty, the Compactor. Just like the last time a teammate failed him, Sullivan snapped at his partner, clobbering Andrews before snatching him into a Canadian backbreaker.
This storyline where Sullivan destroys an inferior tag team partner is a smart way to introduce him to fans. And so far, it shows how unstable and dangerous he is.
Most of all, Sullivan’s “it” factor and tremendous size definitely make him one to watch.
– In his first match in over a month, Lars Sullivan returned to action at Thursday night’s NXT live event in Dade City, Florida.
Taking on Babatunde Aiyegbusi, Sullivan beat the six-foot-10, 350-pound former football player in three minutes after putting him down with the Freak Accident.
— FL Wrestling Fan (@FLWrestlingFan) February 9, 2018
— FL Wrestling Fan (@FLWrestlingFan) February 9, 2018
— FL Wrestling Fan (@FLWrestlingFan) February 9, 2018
Before Thursday, Sullivan had not wrestled since squashing Lio Rush at an NXT television taping on Jan. 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading to find out why he was absent.
A major planned push for Lars Sullivan has been shelved.
Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio on Sunday that he was “90 percent” sure that WWE officials were getting Sullivan ready for a shot at the NXT Championship. This major push would have culminated with a match against NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans during WrestleMania 34 weekend. But those plans changed with Sullivan missing last week’s NXT television tapings in Atlanta, Georgia.
“There’s something going on and I don’t know the answer to this question. The original main event for New Orleans … I don’t know this 100 percent but [I’m sure] 90 percent [the main event] was gonna be Andrade against Lars Sullivan. Lars Sullivan has disappeared off the face of the Earth. He was not at any of the tapings,” Meltzer said.
At Friday’s NXT television tapings, Black beat Killian Dane to earn a title shot against Almas at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. This match will air on NXT on Mar. 7.
Meltzer continued, “At the last set of tapings (on Jan. 4 in Atlanta, Georgia) they announced a No. 1 Contender’s Match with Lars and Killian Dane and it ended up being Aleister Black and Killian Dane. Aleister Black is gonna get the shot so I don’t know what happened. Lars Sullivan wasn’t at the tapings, he wasn’t at the house shows this weekend, I’m not sure when he last wrestled but something’s going on there.”
Sullivan last wrestled on Jan. 6 at an NXT house show in Charlotte, North Carolina, beating Roderick Strong. He last worked a television taping on Jan. 4, where he squashed Lio Rush in a match that aired the following week. During the same taping, Strong challenged Sullivan to a match after getting beat by him in a No. 1 Contender’s Tournament Match a few weeks earlier. His challenge aired on the Jan. 17 episode of NXT and would have apparently led to a match at an NXT television taping before TakeOver: Philadelphia on Jan. 27. The storyline, however, was dropped as Strong instead beat Tyler Bate on the show, which aired last week, to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE United Kingdom Championship held by Pete Dunne.
Meltzer added that Sullivan has not been seen at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, either in recent weeks. So what happened to him?
According to a report by Sportskeeda last week, Sullivan is dealing with some sort of injury. Whatever injury Sullivan is dealing with remains unknown at the moment, as well as how long he may be sidelined.
The reason why an official announcement hasn’t been made regarding Sullivan’s injury is because of the nature of NXT tapings being filmed periodically and wrestlers sometimes going months without appearing on television. Therefore, WWE can get away without announcing their injuries.
Although Sullivan seems like newcomer since he made his NXT television debut last April, he has actually been under contract to WWE since late 2013. He’s dealt with numerous injuries since joining WWE, which has kept pushing back the company’s huge plans for him. For instance, he suffered a major knee injury in mid-2016 during a training drill at the Performance Center and it kept him out of the ring for nearly a year. This is why he wears a massive knee brace on his right leg.
In an update on the situation, Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio after Raw that Sullivan is dealing with a knee injury and another ‘health issue.’ Sullivan is, however, expected to return to action soon and he could be back as early as this week.
“Lars Sullivan has a knee injury and he also has a health issue,” Meltzer said. “But he should be back this week or next so all that is accurate in the sense of he was going for the championship but because of his health issue and missing all the tv [tapings] and they taped all the TVs last week, so he wasn’t going to be back for them so you have to do what you have to do and Aleister Black is in there.”