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"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I was in my own world there, while you were rambling and sucking the entertainment out of the building I was writing a song in my head that I'm going to sing right now, so if you could just silence your cell phone, hold your applause until after I'm finished, and most importantly do me a favor and shut your damn mouth!"
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Jeffrey Sciullo (born November 20, 1987) is an American professional wrestler and musician currently signed to the WWE, where he performs under the ring name Elias.

After the spending early years of his career wrestling in various independant promotions, he was signed to WWE's NXT brand as Elias Samson, where he made his television debut on April 24, 2014. In April of 2017, he was called up to the main roster, where he now competes on the RAW brand.


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"Who wants to trope with Elias?"

  • Anti-Hero: Even as a face, Elias is still rude to other wrestlers and isn't above messing with Baron Corbin when he's not even pulling anything on him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bobby Lashley.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a former rosebud.
  • Badass Beard: As a face.
  • Beard of Evil: As a heel.
  • Breakout Character: Was brought up to Raw for little reason other than jobbing. The gimmick struck a chord with crowds and by early 2018 he become one of the most over stars on the brand leading to a feud with Braun Strowman who enjoyed a similar rise in popularity around the same time.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The drawback of being a lone drifter is that you have no friends to give you advice when you're about to do something incredibly stupid - like smash a guitar over the neck of BRAUN FREAKING STROWMAN. Predictably, Braun was not happy about this, and he responded the next week by beating the hell out of Elias, dragging him up the ramp, and then returning the favor with a double bass. You know, the giant stringed instrument that's taller than most grown men.
    • Becomes the dragon later on, when Baron Corbin tries to shoo him off the stage when he's trying to cut a promo, going far enough to cut his mic. Elias, understandably annoyed, responds by smashing his guitar into Corbin's back.
  • Catch-Phrase:
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    • "Who wants to walk with the Drifter/Elias?"
    • "WWE stands for Walk. With. Elias."
    • "Silence your cell phones, hold your applause, and shut your mouths." He began omitting the "shut your mouths" part after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: After being fired from NXT, he came back the following week under a mask as El Vagabundo — the Spanish translation of his usual Red Baron. Other than the mask, he was wearing the same outfit and even carrying the same guitar around as usual. Oney Lorcan ripped his mask off mid-match before defeating him, and he was promptly ejected from the arena after the bell.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's not entirely there, given that he was coming up with lyrics in his head while Baron Corbin was trying to get him to leave the stage. At that point he outright admitted that he was lost in his own world for a moment.
  • Curse Cut Short: Baron Corbin cuts off his mic just in time to get past the censors.
    Elias: But now you're just a giant puppet with Stephanie's hand up your a-
    Corbin: Cut it!
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's not without his witty moments.
    Baron Corbin: And I was talking to Stephanie McMahon, the commissioner of Mo-
  • The Drifter: It's his entire gimmick, even down to being his Red Baron.
  • Finishing Move: The Drift Away, a fisherman neckbreaker.
  • Fun with Acronyms: If you ask him, WWE stands for "Walk With Elias."
  • Heel–Face Turn: On the October 22, 2018 edition of Raw, Elias turned face after attacking Baron Corbin from behind, who had previously told him to stop playing his song.
  • "I Am" Song: In this video, he sings about the NXT title history and ends it by singing on how he will be the next champion.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Will not hesitate to El Kabong you - that is, smash his acoustic guitar over your back.
  • Irony: The post-Takeover episode in Brooklyn had Bull Dempsey completing his repackaging by beating Samson in his new gimmick's infancy. Four months later, the post-Takeover episode in London had Samson completing his repackaging by decisively toppling Dempsey.
  • Large Ham: When he has his guitar and the spotlight on him, Elias milks his screentime for all its worth.
  • Only One Name: The 'Samson' was dropped at some point in 2017.
  • Running Gag: Has he gotten through a full song in a promo without getting interrupted by someone else's entrance music at any point since he started this gimmick?
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: He is one to Corey Graves, who isn't happy that Samson is from Pittsburgh as well.
  • The Stoic: Not particularly expressive unless he's either singing and playing his guitar or beating on an opponent.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was initially still a jobber in the Drifter gimmick's early stages.
    • On the main roster, he goes from jobbing to Jason Jordan on Pay-Per-View to pinning former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal clean on live TV.
  • Troll: His Catch-Phrase is... well, catchy, which has given him something of an Ensemble Dark Horse status. He often pops the crowd with his catch phrases much like a face would, before immediately going into one of his songs, which are not only annoying, but typically have lyrics cutting down the crowd, city, and/or home sports team(s) du jour. As of May 2018, this effort at cheap heat has started to fail; he's gained enough popularity with the crowd that he still gets cheered for calling them idiots. Finally led to a Heel–Face Turn in October, which included redirecting one catch phrase pretty much verbatim toward Baron Corbin:
    "...so if you could just silence your cell phone, hold your applause until after I'm finished, and most importantly, do me a favor and shut your damn mouth!''"
  • Unexpected Character:invoked His jump to the main roster came out of nowhere and was not preceded by any sort of push or high-profile feud on NXT.
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