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FCW Sunshine: Vance Archer (Lance Archer)



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves an American psycho.

Wrestler: “The American Psycho” Vance Archer (Lance Archer/Lance Hoyt).

Background Information: Vance Archer is from Dallas, Texas. In 2000, he began training as a wrestler under Solo Fiatala and debuted in July 2000, facing Tarzan Taylor in his first match.

He spent the next four years working on the Texas independent circuit using the ring names Lance Steel and Breakdown, the latter being a character created in the spur-of-the-moment by him in Corpus Christi when he had forgotten his usual ring attire and was forced to wrestle in his street clothing.

His most notable tenure within the Texas independent circuit was in Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) where he debuted in 2000 as Shadow, a dark heel character. Throughout his time in PCW, he faced notable opponents including Paul London and Ahmed Johnson and early in his tenure, he created a stable called The Dark Circle.

He later left PCW upon signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) before later making his returned to the promotion in 2006 under his real name while using his former Shadow ring name simply as a nickname.

Beginning in 2008, he reverted to his Shadow ring name and gimmick while also adopting a mask. This was short-lived, however, as he unmasked and suddenly began using his Rock ‘n Rave Infection gimmick from TNA a few months later.

Throughout his PCW career, he became a 3x PCW Heavyweight Champion, a PCW Tag Team Champion, and a PCW Television Champion.

Following his release from TNA, PCW announced they had released him from his contract which turned out to be a storyline leading to him revealing he had a PCW legends contract. He would go on to briefly become the commissioner of PCW before it was announced that he had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.

He was hired by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in March 2004 and immediately teamed up with X Division mainstay Kid Kash as Dallas, Kash’s bodyguard, tag team partner and on-screen relative.

After Kash was suspended by TNA in June 2004, he was reduced to wrestling dark matches. He appeared sporadically with TNA throughout the remainder of the year and aided Kash in his feud with A.J. Styles upon his return from suspension.

He began developing a strong fan following which led to him introducing a gimmick known as Hoytamania, a reference to the Hulkamania surrounding Hulk Hogan. He feuded with Team Canada throughout mid-2005 and lost to Abyss at Sacrifice.

He participated in the Fight for the Right Tournament where he was one of the last two remaining men making it to the third stage of the match. He lost to Abyss, who won a bye to the tournament finals for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

After Killings was given a new program, he started teaming up with the Voodoo Kin Mafia (VKM). His role with the team seemed to be that of a friend and bodyguard, watching their backs during their matches, and working the occasional six-man tag team match with them on Impact!.

He competed at Lockdown in a Cuffed in the Cage match losing to the eventual winner, Super Eric. He changed his ringname to Lance Rock on July 17, 2008, on an episode of Impact!, where he defeated Matt Morgan shortly after Morgan.

Since then, The Rock ‘n Rave Infection defeated the teams of Abyss and Matt Morgan, The Latin American Xchange, and The Prince Justice Brotherhood (Super Eric, Shark Boy, and Curry Man), the latter of whom soon began a feud with The Rock ‘n Rave Infection.

Throughout his TNA career, he became a 2x NWA World Tag Team Champion and won the 2004 NWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament.

On February 10, 2009, he was released from his TNA contract. He wrestled his last match in TNA on February 26, 2009, on an edition of Impact!, teaming with Rave and losing to Beer Money, Inc. in an Off the Wagon Challenge.

After a brief stint in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) as a member of the Voodoo Murders, on April 26, 2009, he announced he had signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

He wrestled in WWE’s developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the ring name Lance Archer, after his father.

For his first match, he teamed up with Jon Cutler and was defeated by Duke Rotundo and Vic Adams. His ring name was then tweaked to Vance Archer.

On November 3, 2009, on an episode of ECW, he began to have a clean shaven and sporting both a short haircut and new attire. He made his WWE debut under his Vance Archer ring name as a heel defeating Logan Jones in an squash match.

Following the disbanding of the ECW brand, he competed in dark matches and in FCW, and was eventually moved to the SmackDown brand forming a tag team with Curt Hawkins. They made their television debut as a team on May 13, 2010, on an episode of Superstars, defeating two local competitors.

The team came to an end on October 7, 2010, on an episode of Superstars, after a match between him and Chris Masters. He accidentally struck Hawkins outside the ring after which the two argued and he lost the match as a result. Afterwards, Hawkins assaulted him. He returned to singles competition on November 4, 2010, on an edition of Superstars, losing to Luke Gallows.

On November 19, 2010, he was released from his contract along with five other wrestlers.

On May 15, 2011, he made his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) during the promotion’s first-ever tour of the United States attacking Satoshi Kojima after a match.

The following day, it was announced that he under the ring name Lance Archer, had joined Minoru Suzuki’s Suzuki-gun, who had recently begun feuding with Kojima.

He made his in-ring debut for NJPW on June 18, 2011, at Dominion 6.18 in Osaka teaming with Suzuki in a tag team match where they defeated Kojima and Togi Makabe.

On August 13, 2012, Harry Smith, later renamed Davey Boy Smith, Jr., was revealed as his partner and the newest member of Suzuki-gun.

Throughout his NJPW career, he became a 2x IWGP Tag Team Champion and won the 2011 G1 Tag League. He competed with NJPW until he went to Pro Wrestling NOAH in 2015.

On January 10, 2015, K.E.S. along with the rest of Suzuki-gun took part in a major storyline where the stable invaded a Pro Wrestling Noah show. During the attack, K.E.S. beat down GHC Tag Team Champions TMDK (Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste).

Throughout his Pro Wrestling NOAH career, he became a 2x GHC Tag Team Champion. He competed with Pro Wrestling NOAH until Suzuki-gun left Pro Wrestling NOAH on December 5, 2016.

On May 6, 2015, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced him as part of their roster. He made his debut for the promotion on August 14, 2015, losing to Nick Aldis.

He still competes in the independent circuit and Japan to this day.

In high school, he played basketball, football, and baseball. He attended Texas State University where he played college football as a quarterback. He has a degree in English. While in college he worked at a nightclub where an acquaintance introduced him to Solo Fiatala, who trained him to be a professional wrestler.

My Thoughts: Vance Archer is a very interesting individual as he is a very talented individual for a man his size. With his great look, great presence in and outside of the ring, good character, solid charisma, and good in-ring ability for a man his size. American Psycho!

Video: This video contains a match between Vance Archer and Seth Rollins on October 24, 2010.

My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased Vance Archer’s skills in the ring.

His big boot and his sitout side slam bomb on Seth Rollins were well executed and they look devastating. His moonsault was beautiful even though he missed as he normally doesn’t go to the top rope often so seeing him do a moonsault was great to see. Despite losing, he looked great against Seth Rollins and gave Seth Rollins a great debut making him look good as well as himself.

Good match that made Vance Archer look very strong even though he lost.

It’s a shame that Vance Archer wasn’t used well in WWE as he could be a star for them in some capacity. I mean, he has the look that WWE likes so I was surprised that they didn’t use him well as he’s talented in the ring and on the mic. Just give him a character and he would be great for the company.

Luckily, he’s doing very well in Japan and the independent circuit as of right now so it’s all fine and good as I don’t think he has any interest in returning to WWE anytime soon. American Psycho!

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