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FCW Sunshine: Caylen Croft



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a hitman.

Wrestler: “The Hitman” Caylen Croft.

Background Information: Caylen Croft is from Youngstown, Ohio. He is trained by “Nightmare” Danny Davis and Nick Dinsmore.

He made his debut in 2001 as a student of Danny Davis and Nick Dinsmore. Within two years, he appeared at the ECWA Super 8 Tournament in April 2003 and began competing in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) several weeks later.

After forming a brief tag team with Nova, using the ring name Chris Cage, he later teamed up with Tank Toland to form Adrenaline.

Together, they went on to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship three times during 2003 and 2004.

He later won his first and only OVW Heavyweight Championship after defeating Matt Morgan before losing it a few months later to Chad Toland, the on-screen cousin of his tag partner Tank.

He later won his fourth and final OVW Southern Tag Team Championship, this time with newcomer Mike Mizanin. Together, they feuded with the Toland Cousins (Tank and Chad) and The Throwbacks

However, he was released from his contract due to behavior problems leaving Mizanin to defend and ultimately lose the Tag Team Championship to The Throwbacks.

After wrestling on the independent circuit including a one-time appearance in Ring of Honor (ROH) throughout 2006 and 2007, he was re-signed to a development deal by WWE and he began working in their development territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the name Caylen Croft.

Soon after debuting in FCW, he formed a tag team with Trent Barreta called The Dude Busters.

On May 30, 2009, he and Barreta won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship from Tyler Reks in a handicap match when his partner Johnny Curtis failed to appear. On July 23, 2009, he and Barreta lost the championship to Justin Angel and Kris Logan.

On November 19, 2009, he won his second FCW Florida Tag Team Championship, this time with Curt Hawkins, after they defeated The Rotundos (Bo and Duke). While they were champions, he and Hawkins would defend the title with Barreta via the Freebird Rule.

On January 14, 2010, at an FCW television taping, the Dude Busters lost the Florida Tag Team Championship to The Fortunate Sons (Brett DiBiase and Joe Hennig).

On December 1, 2009, on an episode of ECW on SyFy, he and Barreta who are no longer using the Dude Busters name debuted as villains defeating Tyler Hilton and Bobby Shields, two local competitors.

The duo would then feud with Goldust and Yoshi Tatsu which culminated in a loss to Goldust and Tatsu in a match to determine the number one contenders to the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship on February 9, 2010, on an episode of ECW.

When the ECW brand ended in February 2010, its roster became free agents. He and Barreta signed with SmackDown making their debut for the brand on February 19, 2010, in a losing effort against Cryme Tyme.

He and Baretta would then feud with The Hart Dynasty, but could never manage a win against them.

In April 2010, they began using their Dude Busters name again which they had seemingly dropped since debuting in ECW.

The Dude Busters then turned face when they entered into a feud with the Gatecrashers (Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer) in August 2010.

The Dude Busters then earned their first tag team victory since joining the SmackDown roster when they defeated the Gatecrashers on August 26, 2010, on an edition of Superstars.

On November 19, 2010, he was released from his contract and later retired from professional wrestling as he became a teacher.

He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. He was influenced by Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. He attended Youngstown State University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. After leaving WWE, he became an elementary school art teacher in the Hillsborough County School District in Florida.

My Thoughts: Caylen Croft was an interesting individual. He had a solid look, a solid presence in the ring, a solid character, solid charisma, and he was good in the ring especially in a tag team scene. Dudebuster!

Video: This video contains a match between Caylen Croft and Richie Steamboat on October 31, 2010.

My Thoughts: This was a good match where Caylen Croft got to showcase himself in the ring as a singles wrestler.

His hip toss and his dropkicks to Richie Steamboat were well executed in this match. Even though he didn’t win the match, Caylen Croft looked good in this match as he’s mostly known as a tag team wrestler so this was a good singles outing for him.

Good match that showcased Caylen Croft’s skills as a singles wrestler.

Even though I don’t really see Caylen Croft as a top guy in professional wrestling, he was a great tag team wrestler as his tag team with Trent Barreta known as The Dudebusters was great. Unfortunately, he has retired from professional wrestling and went on to becoming a teacher.

Luckily, he’s doing well as a teacher right now so it’s all fine and good. I wish nothing, but the best for him. Dudebuster!

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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