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Eric Bugenhagen (born October 19, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, internet personality and former amateur wrestler. He is currently signed with WWE, where he performs on SmackDown under the ring name Rick Boogs. He is a two-time WWE 24/7 Champion, a title he won under the name of Joseph Average.

Aside from his wrestling career, Bugenhagen also runs a YouTube channel focused on weight training and comedy.

Bugenhagen made his professional wrestling debut on the October 19, 2017 episode of WWE NXT Live, where he fell short to Lars Sullivan in a singles match. After an injury set him back significantly, he returned to wrestling at NXT live events under the ring name Ric Boog. Under his real name, Bugenhagen lost to Drew Gulak on February 6, 2019 on NXT in his television debut. On the May 1, 2019 episode of WWE Worlds Collide, he participated in a 20-man battle royal as Rik Bugez, competing against other popular superstars such as Brian Kendrick, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, Tyler Bate and the winner Roderick Strong. On the February 21, 2019 episode of WWE NXT Live, Bugez teamed up with Denzel Dejournette to unsuccessfully face the NXT Tag Team Champions of the time, The Viking Raiders (Ivar and Erik). A notable confrontation of his career took place on the February 22, 2020 episode of WWE NXT Live, where Bugez unsuccessfully competed against Finn Balor in a losing effort.

Bugez made several appearances as an extra in the main shows, being one of the many NXT performers being used as part of a makeshift crowd on Raw at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Leading up to WWE WrestleMania 37, Bugez played Old Spice representative character Joseph Average/The Nightpanther in several backstage advertisements at WWE Fastlane 2021 and after WrestleMania 37, during which he defeated R-Truth and Akira Tozawa to capture the WWE 24/7 Championship twice, although the second reign is currently not officially recognized by WWE.

On May 21, 2021, Bugez, now going by the tweaked ring name Rick Boogs, made his main roster debut on SmackDown, playing Shinsuke Nakamura to the ring with an electric guitar.

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