Raymond John Leppan was born on 20 July, 1979. He is a South African professional wrestler who is best known for his time in WWE as Adam Rose and Florida Championship Wrestling/NXT as Leo Kruger. Ray Leppan was born and raised in South Africa. According to his wife, he wanted to wrestle from the age of 10. A school dropout, Leppan ran away from home when he was 14, then spent two years living on the streets and in abandoned buildings.
Leppan made his professional wrestling debut in 1995 at the age of He eventually wrestled on the South African independent circuit as Z-Max, a character based on The Karate Kid. He worked in South Philly with Paul Lloyd Jr., known as the tag team Pure Juice. He also wrestled as Dameon Duke in World Wrestling Professionals. While there, he won the WWP World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Tornado in 2007 and lost it to Fury the following year.
After Leppan’s United States work visa cleared, he was able to debut in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under his real name on 25 February 2010, in a losing effort against Curt Hawkins. Two weeks later, Leppan was defeated by Eli Cottonwood.