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FCW Sunshine: Lucky Cannon (Johnny Emminger)

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

Wrestler: “Mr. Steal Your Girl” Lucky Cannon (Johnny Emminger/Johnny Prime).

Background Information: Lucky Cannon is billed from New Port Richey, Florida. He is trained by the staff of Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

In 2008, he signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), the company’s developmental territory.

On July 12, 2008, he began wrestling as Johnny Prime and teamed with Lupe Martinez in a loss to Sinn Bowdee and Jack Gabriel.

He wrestled mainly in tag team matches and met with some success the following month when he teamed with Kafu to defeat Jack Gabriel and Ian Richardson, and with Imani Lee to defeat Tyrone Jones and Vic Adams.

He also competed in mixed tag team matches teaming up with Tiffany to gain a victory at the expense of Stu Bennett and Alicia Fox in September. He then forayed into singles match competing against Caleb O’Neil, TJ Wilson, Gavin Spears, and Mike Kruel.

In late 2008, he entered a feud with Byron Saxton and his stable, the Saxton Conglomerate, and faced the members of the Conglomerate in several matches. During the course of this feud, Kaleb O’Neal began teaming with him in order to help him out, however, O’Neal later turned on him and joined the Conglomerate.

On June 1, 2010, it was announced that he would be participating in the second season of NXT under the name Lucky Cannon with Mark Henry as his mentor.

He made his in-ring debut on June 15, 2010, on episode of NXT teaming with Henry in a loss to Michael McGillicutty and Kofi Kingston. Following the match, another WWE Pro Cody Rhodes insulted him leading to the former accepting a challenge match against the latter for the following week.

On June 22, 2010, on an episode of NXT, he lost a five-minute challenge match to Rhodes being pinned after approximately four minutes.

On August 9, 2010, the rookies appeared in a six-man tag team match on Raw in which he teamed with Kaval and Percy Watson in a loss to McGillicutty, Husky Harris and Alex Riley. The next night on NXT, his team won a rematch. Later that night, he was eliminated from the competition when his ranking slipped to sixth.

He returned for the season finale of NXT on August 31, 2010, where he and the other eliminated rookies attacked the winner Kaval.

In March 2011, he was selected as one of the six former NXT contestants to return to the show in its fifth season and he received Tyson Kidd as his new Pro. During this season of NXT, he had changed his character to that of a flamboyant and arrogant villain instead of participating in the challenges to earn points, he turned his attentions to wooing Maryse, NXT’s co-host, causing a feud between himself and Yoshi Tatsu who was also vying for Maryse’s affections.

On August 8, 2011, he was released from his WWE contract.

On October 14, 2011, he made his first wrestling appearance following his release from WWE as he wrestled under the ring name Johnny Emminger and faced Florida Underground Wrestling (FUW) Heavyweight Champion Bruce Santee in a title match. However, he was unsuccessful in winning the title due to being disqualified.

He still competes in the independent circuit as Johnny Emminger to this day.


With his great look, good character, good charisma, and solid in-ring ability, he could have been a star for WWE. It’s all about him and it always has been!

My Thoughts: Lucky Cannon was a man that had a potential. Even though he wasn’t the best wrestler in the ring, he had a great look, a certain presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a great character, and good charisma. It’s all about him and it always has been!

Video: This video contains a match between Lucky Cannon and Peter Orlov on December 27, 2010.

My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased Lucky Cannon’s in-ring skills as this was the continuation of the feud between him and Peter Orlov back then.

Before the match, Lucky Cannon cut a promo by saying that the last time that he and Peter Orlov faced off, things went out of control and that he didn’t really beat him. He then said that there will be a winner this time.

Not a bad promo from Lucky Cannon, but it could have been better. He managed to get his point across so it’s all good.

The way that Lucky Cannon worked on Peter Orlov’s left arm in the beginning of the match was good in-ring psychology right there. Also, his back elbow on Peter Orlov looked devastating as Peter Orlov flipped over when he got hit with that back elbow so props to Peter Orlov making that back elbow looked good.

Also, his finisher with the Lucky Break (Reverse thrown Death Valley Driver) on Peter Orlov is a very innovative finisher from Lucky Cannon there which got him the win. Lucky Cannon managed to get his revenge on Peter Orlov here as he looks to become Florida Heavyweight Champion which will eventually lead to his awesome heel turn which I may cover in the future.

Good match where Lucky Cannon got to showcase his skills in the ring.

It’s a shame that WWE didn’t have a chance to use him well as he had a lot of potential to be a star in WWE especially as a heel, but they never went there with him. Luckily, he’s still wrestling in the independent circuit so it’s all fine and good. It’s all about him and it always has been!


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