Shiloh Hill

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Shiloh Hill
Born
Thunder Justice Keck[1]

(1999-02-04) February 4, 1999 (age 25)
Ring name(s)Shiloh Hill[2]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutMarch 30, 2024
College football career
PositionEdge Defender
ClassSixth Year
MajorSustainability Science and Practice (MS)
Computer science (BS)
Personal information
Born:Mission Viejo, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career history
CollegeStanford Cardinal
High schoolHotchkiss School

Thunder Justice Keck (born February 4, 1999) is an American professional wrestler and former college football player signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Shiloh Hill.

Early and personal life[edit]

Keck was born in Mission Viejo, California, to parents Eric and Beth Wacome Keck. He was raised in Northfield, New Hampshire with his siblings Zion, Phoebe, and Zachri. He attended Winnisquam Regional Middle School, and Winnisquam Regional High School, before receiving a full scholarship to the Hotchkiss School. He was an all-state hockey player, a New Hampshire state champion in the 400m, a Founders League champion in the discuss, and placed 2nd in the New England Championship for the 100m. Keck received a full scholarship to study at Stanford University, where he studied sustainability science and practice, computer science, and Psychology.[1]

In March 2023, he had the highest name, image and likeness valuation of any Stanford athlete, being valued at $383,000.[3] By October 2023, he was valued at $529,000.[4]

His father played football at Saddleback College and Columbia University, and was a captain of the Columbia Lions.[1][5] On July 8, 2020, his father Eric died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Northfield.[6]

College football career[edit]

Keck played only six games of high school football prior to college and joined the Stanford Cardinal in 2017. He played from 2018 until 2022. He was an outside linebacker until his fifth year. Keck was a staple of the Cardinal special teams units playing on kickoff, KOR, punt, punt return, and field goal block. He was known for his physicality, speed, and effort on special teams under Coach Alamar and eventually earned playing time as situational 3rd down player on the Cardinal defense. Then, in 2020, Keck earned the starting spot at Outside Linebacker and was also listed as a backup Inside Linebacker. The Cardinal's season was cut short due to the pandemic but Keck finished with 17 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 PBUs, and 5 QB hurries, in 5 games. While in his sixth year in 2022, he became an edge rusher but sustained an injury in the first game, so he did not compete for the rest of the season. He had 27 tackles, 4 PBUs, 2 TFLs, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery throughout his football career.[3]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE (2022–present)[edit]

On June 13, 2022, Keck was named as one of fifteen college athletes to have signed to the WWE's second class of their Next in Line program, which he found through a social media consultant at his school.[7]

On March 30, 2024, he made his in-ring debut under his real name at an NXT live event, in a losing effort against Drake Morreaux. 3 months later, on the June 6 episode of NXT Level Up, Keck made his on-screen debut under the ring name Shiloh Hill teaming with Jasper Troy in a tag team match, losing to Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo and Tony D'Angelo.[8] On the June 21 episode of Level Up, Hill picked up his first victory, against Uriah Connors, after hitting him with a fireman's carry into a cutter.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Thunder Keck – Football". Stanford Cardinal. Archived from the original on June 13, 2024. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  2. ^ "Thunder Keck: Profile & Match Listing". The Internet Wrestling Database. Archived from the original on June 14, 2024. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  3. ^ a b Kroichick, Ron (March 11, 2023). "Wrestling, the dark web, a man named Thunder: Stanford's unlikely NIL star". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on April 20, 2023. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  4. ^ Vasile, Sarah (September 12, 2023). "WWE Created Its Own NIL Pipeline for Recruiting College Athletes. Now It's Paying Off". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on October 5, 2023. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  5. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (September 14, 1995). "COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Man of Mountains Scales a New One". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 30, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  6. ^ "Dr. Eric Shane Keck". Barre Montpelier Times Argus. July 29, 2020. Archived from the original on August 4, 2020. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  7. ^ Vannini, Chris (July 6, 2023). "WWE's push into college sports is already creating new pro wrestlers". The Athletic. Archived from the original on June 16, 2024. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  8. ^ Chik, Jon (June 13, 2024). "NXT Level Up results, June 14, 2024: Chase takes down Price in hard-hitting battle". WWE. Archived from the original on June 15, 2024. Retrieved June 16, 2024.
  9. ^ Chik, Jon (June 21, 2024). "NXT Level Up results: June 21, 2024". WWE. Archived from the original on June 22, 2024. Retrieved June 22, 2024.

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