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Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that contains an *ss-kicking machine.

Wrestler: “The *ss-Kicking Machine” Derrick Bateman (Ethan Carter III).

Background Information: Derrick Bateman is from Cleveland, Ohio. He is trained by J-Rocc.

He wrestled regularly for several promotions in the Ohio region after making his debut. He wrestled Vincent Nothing to a no contest at an Absolutely Intense Wrestling (AIW) show on October 12, 2006.

He also wrestled for Pro Wrestling Ohio (PWO) making his debut on episode nine of the television show as an ally M-Dogg 20 under the name the “Deviant” Michael Hutter.

He made his Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) debut at the March 27, 2007, television tapings where he lost to Tony Braddock in a dark match using his real name. The following week, he lost to Mike Mondo in a dark match before changing his ring name to Mike Hutter.

On June 27, 2007, he appeared at a Derby City Wrestling (DCW) show in Louisville, Kentucky where he teamed with Osiris to defeat The Belgian Brawler and Apocalypse in a dark match.

On December 9, 2007, Firestorm Pro Wrestling (FPW) held its inaugural show Destroy Erase Improve which saw the start of a six-man round robin tournament in which he competed. The tournament lasted nine months before ending on September 12, 2008, at Something to Die For. That same show, he won a six-man elimination match to become the inaugural Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Champion. He made his last appearance with Firestorm Pro Wrestling on December 13, 2008, when he vacated the Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Championship which he later awarded to John McChesney when McChesney won a four-way match for the vacant championship.

On July 24, 2006, he appeared at the Heat tapings prior to Raw where he teamed with Chris Cronus in a loss to Viscera and Charlie Haas.

He made his Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) debut on February 9, 2009 as Mike Hutter when he lost to Drew McIntyre.

On February 19, 2009, he changed his ring name to Derrick Bateman and gained Abraham Washington as a manager as he teamed with Lennox McEnroe in a loss to Scotty Goldman and DJ Gabriel.

In April 2009, he became known as Agent D. as part of Washington’s Secret Service stable alongside Agent T. and Agent J. He reverted to his Derrick Bateman name in June 2009 in a loss to DJ Gabriel.

Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed with FCW until he was a part of NXT.

During the finale of season three of NXT, it was announced that he would be part of the fourth season with Season 1 alumnus Daniel Bryan as his mentor. He made his in-ring debut on December 7, 2010, on an episode of NXT teaming with Daniel Bryan in a loss to Conor O’Brian and his pro Alberto Del Rio.

After a period of absence from WWE programming, he was inserted into the fifth season of NXT as a rookie midway into the competition, returning on June 28, 2011, on an episode of NXT Redemption and bringing back his pro Daniel Bryan in the process. Meanwhile, his character began to show more villainous traits where he eventually caused Bryan to abandon him after declaring that he was making a fool out of himself.

On November 9, 2011, on an episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine revealed to him that she and his former friend Johnny Curtis went on a date and they later tag teamed together in a winning effort against the team of Titus O’ Neil and Percy Watson. On December 7, 2011, on an episode of NXT Redemption, he defeated Johnny Curtis in singles competition turning face once again and was afterwards broken up with by Maxine thinking he flirted with her mother.

After the conclusion of NXT Redemption, NXT transitioned into the renamed FCW developmental territory. He then continued to appear on NXT where he defeated rival Johnny Curtis on June 27, 2012, on an episode of NXT.

On May 17, 2013, he was released from his contract.

Soon after his release, he was announced to wrestle at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s (AIW) Absolution VIII in his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio under his real name. He made his debut for the promotion on June 30, 2013, when he defeated Tim Donst. He also worked for Florida Underground Wrestling in May 2013.

He made his return for the promotion Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) under his TNA ring name Ethan Carter III and he teamed with fellow TNA wrestler DJ Z and Raymond Rowe collectively known as Dudes on TV and defeated Alex Daniels, Johnny Gargano, and Josh Prohibition. He made his debut with Championship Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) on April 10, 2015, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

In May 2016, he made his debut for Evolve Wrestling under his TNA ring name Ethan Carter III attacking Johnny Gargano during the main event of Evolve 61 forming an alliance with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway. He and Galloway then proceeded to attack members of the Evolve roster and proceeded to cut a worked shoot promo on WWE about how he and Galloway were treated by WWE and how they found success in TNA and various other companies despite WWE.

He also wrestles for House of Glory which is owned by Amazing Red where once again he wrestles under his EC3 name. He is the current House of Glory Heavyweight Champion.

In August 2016, he made appearances for the UK’s WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) promotion.

On October 16, 2016, he defeated Colt Cabana, Lance Hoyt, and Raymond Rowe in a 4-Way Elimination match for the Ringmaster Title at the inaugural WrestleCircus show.

He worked a dark match on August 29, 2013, before the Impact Wrestling television tapings in Cleveland, Ohio, losing to Jay Bradley. On September 26, 2013, TNA aired a vignette about a new talent, Ethan. The following week, another vignette aired as it was later reported that he had signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and would be debuting with the new character as Dixie Carter’s spoiled nephew. The following week, another vignette aired revealing his new ring name as Ethan Carter III (EC3).

On October 20, 2013, he made his TNA debut at Bound for Glory as a heel defeating jobber Norv Fernum.

Throughout his TNA career, he became a 2x TNA World Heavyweight Champion, won the 2013 Feast or Fired TNA World Tag Team Championship Contract, and won the 2014 TNA Joker’s Wild. He still competes in Impact Wrestling till this day.


He made his film debut in the 2009 horror film The House of the Devil in a small role as one of the background talent.

My Thoughts: Derrick Bateman is a man that has created himself over the years who became a lot better to where he is today. Even though he didn’t have the character back then, he has a great look, he has presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has great charisma, and he’s a good wrestler in the ring. The world needs him!

Video: This video contains a match between Derrick Bateman and Big E Langston on May 5, 2013.

My Thoughts: This was a good squash match that showed the new character of Derrick Bateman of NXT.

I like how when he made his entrance, it’s like a prelude of the eventual EC3 character that he has in GFW at the moment which is cool. I also like how he was showing his new character in the match as the moment the bell rang, he immediately attacked Big E Langston showing aggression and viciousness which was nice to see. Even though he lost, the potential of seeing the new character of Derrick Bateman was quite interesting here and he will eventually become a bigger star, but not in WWE.

Good squash match that showcased the new character of Derrick Bateman before he got released from the company.

It’s a real big shame that WWE let Derrick Bateman go as he could be a star in WWE as we have seen from his work in TNA/GFW. However, it may be for the best as he showed that he can succeed without the WWE machine behind him and for that, I have respect for him.

I don’t know if he will ever return to WWE, but if he does, he may do a lot better than his first run if given a second chance from the company. However, he’s doing pretty well in GFW at the moment as he is one of their top stars in the company so I think he’ll do fine for now. The world needs him!


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