Heath Miller (July 15, 1983) is an American professional wrestler working for WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Heath Slater. He was a contestant in the first season of WWE NXT, where he finished fourth. He is a one-time FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion, one-time FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion, a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Justin Gabriel and a one-time WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champion with Rhyno.
Professional wrestling career
WWA4 Pro Wrestling School (2004–2006)
Miller trained under Curtis Hughes at the WWA4 Pro Wrestling School in Atlanta, Georgia before debuting in August 2006. While training, he appeared on a two-part episode on the sketch comedy show Blue Collar. He soon began competing in Northeastern independent promotions, including NWA Wildside. While wrestling for NWA Wildside, Miller won the GCW Columbus Heavyweight Championship after defeating Scotty 2 Hotty.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–present)
In December 2006, Miller signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to its Deep South Wrestling (DSW) territory in Atlanta, Georgia. When the WWE ended its relationship with DSW in the spring of 2007, WWE created Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa, Florida to be run by retired wrestler Steve Keirn. Miller was one of over twenty developmental wrestlers to relocate from Atlanta to Tampa for further training. At a June 2007 FCW show, Miller appeared as the manager of fellow developmental talent Shawn McGrath under the name "Heath Wallace Miller Esq." Since then, Miller has returned to using his real name and competes as a wrestler as well as McGrath's manager.
In 2007, Miller was given a talk show called the "Happy Hour" during some FCW shows. During one segment, Billy Kidman was the guest; Miller claimed to idolize Kidman but then commented that Kidman's career was declining. This created a feud and led to a series of matches between the two. In January 2008, Miller started defending the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship on behalf of the champion Ted DiBiase, Jr., who was injured. DiBiase soon forfeited the belt and Miller was declared the champion.
Miller and his tag team partner Steve Lewington lost to John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE Tag Team Championship on February 15, 2008 at a Florida Championship Wrestling show.
Miller and his partner Steve Lewington advanced to the finals of a tournament for the inaugural FCW Florida Tag Team Championship in February 2008. Miller and Lewington defeated Brandon Groom and Greg Jackson and The Thoroughbreds (Johnny Curtis and Kevin Kiley) to reach the finals. On February 23, 2008, Miller and Lewington lost to The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez) in the finals. On September 11, teaming with Joe Hennig, he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. As champion, he would change his ring name to "Sebastian Slater". On October 30, 2008, Slater and Hennig lost their tag titles to The New Hart Foundation (Harry Smith and TJ Wilson) in Tampa, Florida. He returned from injury in the 26 episode of FCW where he defeated Justin Angel. On August 13, 2009, at the 50th FCW TV taping, Miller defeated Tyler Reks to become FCW Heavyweight Champion. Miller lost the FCW Heavyweight Championship to Justin Angel in a "best two out of three falls" match at the September 24, 2009 TV taping. On October 5, 2009, Slater competed in a dark match before an edition of Raw against Jamie Noble and cut a promo before the match saying that WWE was "starting out with the best" and insulting the crowd, Slater went on to lose the match.
NXT and The Nexus
On February 16, 2010, Slater was announced as one of eight FCW wrestlers to compete on the first season of the WWE NXT show, with Christian as his storyline mentor. On the inaugural episode of NXT, Slater won his debut match as he and Christian defeated Carlito and Michael Tarver in a tag team match. Two weeks later, Slater defeated Carlito, becoming the first NXT rookie to beat a WWE pro in a singles match. On the March 30 episode of NXT he came fourth out of eight rookies in the first Pros' Poll. On the April 6 episode, Slater won a keg-carrying contest against all other rookies. This resulted in him being in the main event that night, a match against Kane, that he lost. In an upset victory on April 20, Slater defeated Chris Jericho in the main event of NXT. However, Slater remained at fourth in the second Pros Poll, revealed on May 11. He was eliminated from NXT on May 25, coming in last in the Pros' Poll.
On the June 7, 2010 edition of Raw, Slater turned heel and along with the other NXT season one rookies interfered in the main event match between John Cena and CM Punk, attacking both competitors as well as the announcing team before dismantling the ring area and surrounding equipment. On the June 28 edition of Raw, the group was named The Nexus. On the October 25 edition of Raw, Slater and fellow Nexus member, Justin Gabriel won the WWE Tag Team Championship from their stable mates David Otunga and John Cena, when the group's leader Wade Barrett ordered Otunga to lay down for the better of the team. After the match, Slater and Gabriel went on to celebrate as Barrett announced that from then on, Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty were official members of the Nexus. On the December 6, 2010 episode of Raw, Slater and Gabriel lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to the team of Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella due to an outside distraction from John Cena. On the January 10, 2011, edition of Raw Slater and Gabriel refused to take part in new Nexus leader CM Punk's initiation and walked away from the group.
SmackDown and The Corre (2011)
At the January 11, 2011, tapings of the January 14 edition of SmackDown, Slater and Gabriel made a jump to the brand, joining their former leader Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson and beating down Big Show. One week later, Barrett named the group The Corre, and later that night Gabriel defeated World Heavyweight Champion Edge in a non-title match, following interference from the rest of the Corre. After winning a non-title match against the champions Kozlov and Marella on the February 4 episode of SmackDown, Gabriel and Slater received a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship two weeks later, but lost via disqualification when the members of The Corre interefered. They received a rematch at Elimination Chamber on February 20 and defeated Kozlov and Marella to win the WWE Tag Team Championship for a second time.
The following night on Raw, Gabriel and Slater lost the Tag Team Championship to John Cena and The Miz, but won the championship back minutes later when Barrett invoked The Corre's rematch clause, and The Miz turned on Cena. The Corre began a feud with Big Show, and at WrestleMania XXVII the team of the Big Show, Kane, santino Marella and Kofi Kingston defeated The Corre. At the April 19 tapings of SmackDown, the duo of Gabriel and Slater lost the Tag Team Championship to the team of Kane and the Big Show. In a backstage segment following the match, Gabriel was attacked by Slater, who thought Gabriel blamed him for their loss. On the May 6 episode of SmackDown, Gabriel, Barrett and Slater attacked Jackson, removing him from the group. Barrett walked out on Gabirel and Slater in a 6-man tag team match against Jackson and The Usos on the June 10 edition of SmackDown. This led to Gabirel and Slater telling Barrett that The Corre was over.
Gabriel and Slater started a feud with The Usos. On the June 17 edition of SmackDown, Gabriel and Slater were defeated by The Usos. On the June 17 edition of SmackDown, Gabriel and Slater were defeated by The Usos, later defeating them in a rematch on the June 24 edition. The next day he together with Gabirel were announced for the SmackDown Money in the Bank match in Chicago, Illinois. They were again defeated by the Usos on the July 8 edition, having a visible disagreement and argument in the ring following the match. On the July 15 edition of SmackDown, Slater started a feud with Gabriel when he verbally berated him saying that Gabriel was holding him down. That same night, Slater lost to Gabriel after receiving a 450 Splash. At Money in the Bank, he and Gabriel participated in the Money in the Bank Ladder match, which was won by Daniel Bryan. On October 17, slater was suspended due to a wellness violation for 30 days.
Feud with the Legends (2012)
From the June 11 episode of Raw, Slater toned down his lower-card status when he began competing in matches and segments involving WWE veterans returning to Raw to build up to Raw's 1000th episode on July 23, succumbing to the likes of Vader, Sycho Sid, Roddy Piper, Wendi Richter and Cyndi Lauper, though he managed to defeat Doink the Clown on the July 2 episode of Raw. after the match Diamond Dallas Page came out to the ring and shook Slater's hand, appearing to congratulate him, before giving him the Diamond Cutter. On the July 9 episode of Raw, after losing a match, Bob Backlund came out to the ring and after a few moments of playing up to the crowd and suffering a cheap shot from Slater, Backlund applied the Crossface Chickenwing to make Slater submit. On July 12 at an NXT taping at Full Sail University, Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Slater using the Worm. On the July 16 episode of Raw, Slater lost to Rikishi. On the July 20 episode of SmackDown, Slater lost to Road Warrior Animal. On Raw 1000, he lost to Lita, with help from The APA and all of the legends that Slater had lost to in the preceding weeks on Raw.
On the September 23 episode of SmackDown, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal interfered in Slater's match against Brodus Clay by attacking Clay. The trio later settled for the name Three Man Band, or 3MB for short. Slater would then go on to become the brash and confident leader of 3MB. From October 2012, 3MB raked up many wins against Team Co-Bro (Santino Marella and Zack Ryder) and The Usos, all of them due to illegal interference. At the TLC pay-per-view, 3MB's winning streak came to an end at the hands of The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and the Brooklyn Brawler. The next night at the Slammy Awards show, 3MB lost again to Miz, Del Rio and Tommy Dreamer. Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal often interfere in Slater's matches at Slater's bahest, defending the leader of the trio. On the 20th Anniversary of Raw on January 14, 2013, 3MB won an over the top challenge against Sheamus. Slater and McIntyre represented 3MB in the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champions, but were defeated in the first round by Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey on the January 23 episode of NXT. He participated in the Royal Rumble coming from number 10 and being eliminated by John Cena. On the April 12 edition of SmackDown, Slater along with the rest of 3MB, attempted to ambush Triple H as he was addressing Brock Lesnar, however The Shield came out and attacked them. On the April 15 Raw, 3MB called out The Shield but instead it was Brock Lesnar who came out and attacked the three of them, delivering the F-5 on Slater twice on the barricade. On the April 29 episode of Raw, 3MB attacked The Shield, but The Shield quickly turned the tables on them. Team Hell No came to the ring, seemingly to aid 3MB, but The Shield escaped and Team Hell No attacked 3MB instead.
On the November 11 episode of Raw, while on tour in the UK, 3MB changed their name to The Union Jacks, but were defeated by santino Marella and Los Matadores. On the November 13 edition of Main Event, Slater and McIntyre would defeat The Prime Time Players. On the November 15 episode of SmackDown, The Union jacks were defeated by R-truth and The Prime Time Players. On the County Music edition of Raw on November 18, 3MB competed as the Rhinestone Cowboys in which McIntyre and Mahal lost to R-Truth and the debuting Xavier Woods in Nashville. Similarly, this trend of name changes continued to amount the groups loses as they also lost to The Primetime Players on SmackDown, as The Fabulous 3Birds, which was a play on the legendary tag team The Fabulous Freebirds. On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, they were billed as the Plymouth Rockers, a play on The Rockers tag team, even coming out to The Rockers' entrance music, and faced Los Matadores, along with their mascot, El Toriito in a losing effort. Shortly after the match, Slater took time off from WWE to deal with personal issuses. He returned on the January 6, 2014 episode of Raw, which saw 3MB defeated by Rikishi and Too Cool. On April 4, Slater broke his losing streak, picking up the win against Kofi Kingston on WWE Superstars. At WrestleMania XXX, all three members entered the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and eliminated both The Great Khali and Xavier Woods as a unit, before all three were eliminated by Mark Henry. After WrestleMania, 3MB entered a feud with Los Matadores, which saw Hornswoggle ally himself with the trio so as to feud with El Torito. 3MB won their first match since December 2012 after Slater and McIntyre beat Los Matadores on the April 28 edition of Raw.
On June 12, both Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre were released from their WWE contracts, thus disbanding 3MB.
Singles competition (2014)
On the June 16, 2014 episode of Raw, Slater stood up to Rusev and Lana by responding to their anti-America promos. However, he was quickly defeated by Rusev, who applied the Accolade on Slater to get the win. On the June 26 episode of Superstars, Slater remained a heel where he faced Adam Rose in a losing effort. On the July 11 episode of SmackDown, Slater teamed up with Titus O'Neil to face The Usos, in which Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso won the match. At Battleground, Slater competed in a battle royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship; Slater did not win the match, but managed to eliminate Cesaro in upset fashion and received the biggest ovation from the crowd in his career, before he was then quickly eliminated by Sheamus. On the July 21 episode of Raw, Slater confronted Flo Rida about their previous confrontation at WrestleMania 28. This resulted in Flo Rida once again pushing Slater to the ground.
Slater Gator (2014–2015)
On the June 16, 2014 episode of Raw, Slater showed signs of a face turn as he stood up to Rusev and Lana by responding to their anti-American promos. However, he was quickly defeated by Rusev, who applied the Accolade on Slater to get the win. On the June 26 episode of Superstars, Slater faced Adam Rose in a losing effort. On the July 11 episode of SmackDown, Slater teamed up with Titus O'Neil to face The Usos in a match which Usos won. At Battleground, Slater competed in a battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship; Slater did not win the match, but managed to eliminate Cesaro in upset fashion and received the biggest ovation from the crowd in his career, but was then quickly eliminated by Sheamus. On the July 21 episode of Raw, Slater confronted Flo Rida about their previous confrontation. This resulted in Flo Rida once again pushing Slater to the ground. Slater then began to regularly team up with Titus O'Neil. On the July 29 episode of Main Event, Slater and O'Neil became known as "Slater Gator" and picked up their first win over Tyson Kidd and Zack Ryder. On the August 4 episode of Raw, Slater scored an upset victory over Seth Rollins following a distraction from Dean Ambrose, and he followed it up a week later with a count-out victory over Dolph Ziggler following a distraction from The Miz. During this period Slater Gator also scored victories on Main Event over Los Matadores and Goldust and Stardust. However Slater's brief winning streak was ended when Slater Gator were defeated by Los Matadores on the August 25 episode of Raw. Slater Gator then began a feud with Adam Rose and his bunny, who has attacked Slater on many occasions.
In his return to Raw on November 17, 2014, he returned in Uncle Sam attire and became the next victim against Rusev. Later at Survivor Series, Slater remained and Titus O'Neil, lost to Adam Rose and The Bunny. In December 2014, a warrant for Slater's arrest was issued, rendering him inactive until all legal issues were resolved. The charges were dropped on January 15, 2015. Slater returned to action sporting a new shorter haircut, in a dark match against Luke Harper on February 3, 2015. On the February 12 edition of SmackDown, Slater-Gator competed in a tag team turmoil match, where they were quickly defeated by the team of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. This would be the final time Slater-Gator would team up.
Singles competition (2015)
On the February 16 episode of Raw, Titus O'Neil made a face turn and reformed The Prime Time Players with Darren Young, effectively ending the team of Slater-Gator. Later that night, Slater stated on social media, "I'm going to start focusing on ME!!! I'm better on my own... It's about time I get what I deserve." At WrestleMania 31, Slater competed in the 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal which was won by The Big Show. Slater returned to the scenes on the April 20 edition of Raw when he was at catering only to get RKO'ed through the table by Randy Orton. He would try to accept John Cena's open challenge for the United States championship, but was denied each week. Normally, Slater would appear in numerous house shows, WWE Superstars,and WWE Main Event losing to the likes of Neville, Zack Ryder, R-Truth, Fandango, and many more. Slater broke his losing streak by pinning Adam Rose on the May 29th episode of Superstars(that being his only victory of the whole entire year). Slater appeared on television once more on the November 23rd episode of Raw as he was about to play a song on his guitar for the WWE Universe,but the segment was quickly cut short when Ryback entered and attacked Slater. Heath appeared on television once more on the December 28th episode of Raw during the Slammy Awards Superstar of the year segment with fellow low/mid card superstars only to be all attacked by Big Show.
Social Outcast (2016)
On the January, 2016 episode of Raw, Slater win to Dolph Ziggler by pinfall. After the Match, Slater announced that he had formed his own stable called Social Outcast with Adam Rose, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas.
Free Agent Storyline (2016)
Slater was the only WWE superstar not to be drafted in the WWE draft of 2016 to neither Raw or Smackdown. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas being drafted to Raw thus breaking up the Social Outcasts. Heath began his Free Agent adventure by appearing on the July 26th episode of Smackdown Live by attacking a local talent and cutting a highly acclaimed mic segment. This all leads to Slater getting gored by Rhyno. Heath appeared on Raw the following week with the returning Jinder Mahal only to end up getting superkicked and pinned by his former comrade. Slater appeared on the August 2nd episode of Smackdown cutting a short segment with Daniel Bryan and receiving yet another gore by Rhyno. Slater appeared on Smackdown the following week competing in a normal singles match against Rhyno; if he were to win the match he would earn a contract to be added to the Smackdown roster. Though, Slater was unable to take the victory as he was defeated by Rhyno via gore and pinfall. Slater appeared on Raw for the last time during a Brock Lesnar segment cutting off Paul Heyman so he could face Brock in one on one match to earn a contract with Raw. Heath is unsuccessful yet again after receiving two German suplex's and a F-5 from Lesnar.
Teaming with Rhyno (2016–2019)
While his fellow Social Outcast members got drafted by the end of the 2016 WWE draft, Slater was the only active Superstar not selected by either show. Slater appeared on the July 26 episode of SmackDown, cutting a highly acclaimed worked shoot promo addressing the issue, only to receive a Gore from a returning Rhyno shortly after. The week after on Raw, Slater made an appearance where he and the returning Jinder Mahal demanded contracts. Raw General Manager Mick Foley informed the pair that they must compete in a match for a Raw contract, in which Mahal came out victorious. On the August 9 episode of SmackDown, Slater failed to win a SmackDown contract when he lost against Rhyno. On the August 15 edition of Raw, Slater interrupted Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman to demand respect and was beat down by Lesnar. The following night on SmackDown, Slater again was offered a contract if he defeated Randy Orton; Orton was disqualified for refusing to stop punching Slater but Slater's contract was taken away by Shane McMahon after a dazed Slater mistook him and Daniel Bryan for their Raw counterparts, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley. Despite not appearing at the event, WWE audiences chanted "we want Slater" during the brawl between Roman Reigns and Rusev at SummerSlam, as well as the following night on Raw.
On the August 23 episode of SmackDown, Slater interrupted the introduction of the new WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon offered Slater a SmackDown contract if he could find a partner and win the tag team title tournament. After struggling to find a partner, former opponent Rhyno approached Slater and agreed to be his partner, this would slowly transition Slater to a fan favorite for the first time since 2010. Slater and Rhyno defeated the Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) in the first round and The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) in the semi finals to advance to the final match at Backlash. At the pay-per-view, Slater and Rhyno defeated The Usos to become the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, with Slater winning his first championship in the WWE in over 5 years, with his last championship win back at 2011. With the win, Slater also earned a contract. They were nicknamed "Beauty and the Man Beast". On the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno defeated The Ascension to successfully retain the titles in their first defense following Slater's official live contract signing. On October 9 at No Mercy, Slater and Rhyno successfully defended the titles against The Usos. On the October 11 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno saved Dolph Ziggler from being attacked by The Miz and The Spirit Squad. The following week on SmackDown, Ziggler, Slater and Rhyno where defeated by The Miz and The Spirit Squad in a six-man tag team match. On the October 25 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno would retain their titles against The Spirit Squad. At Survivor Series, Slater and Rhyno were the team captains for Team SmackDown in the 10–on–10 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match, where they were defeated by Team Raw. At TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2016, Slater and Rhyno's reign came to an end at 84 days after they were defeated by Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. Two days later on SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno received their rematch, but failed to regain the titles. Afterwards on Talking Smack, the team hinted a break-up after Rhyno claimed he was "at the ring alone" and Slater pointed out that Rhyno was the one who got pinned, prompting Rhyno to walk out on Slater. The following week on SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno competed in a tag-team battle royal to determinate the #1 contenders for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, in which Slater accidentally eliminated Rhyno before being eliminated himself. On the December 27 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno competed in a Four Corners Elimination match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, but were the first team eliminated by Orton and Luke Harper. On the January 31, 2017 episode of SmackDown, Slater and Rhyno answered American Alpha's (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) open challenge for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, alongside every other tag team in SmackDown, and a brawl between all teams occurred, with American Alpha, and Slater and Rhyno being the two teams left standing in the ring.
At Elimination Chamber the duo were the first entrants into the tag team turmoil match for the titles, eliminating Breezango and the Vaudevillians before being eliminated by the Usos. At Wrestlemania 33, Heath competed in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal where he was eliminated by Braun Strowman.
- Finishing moves
- As Heath Miller
- As Heath Slater
- Belly-to-back facebuster – 2012
- E Minor (Inverted DDT) – 2011–2012
- Jumping sleeper slam – 2010–2012
- Overdrive – 2012
- Slingshot corkscrew splash – 2013–2014; used rarely thereafter
- Smash Hit (Spinning lifting DDT) – 2012–present
- Snapmare driver – 2012
- Sweetness (Jumping Russian legsweep or a leaping reverse STO) – 2010–2011
- Signature moves
- Wrestlers managed
- "The Hottest Free Agent in Sports-Entertainment"
- "The One Man Band"
- "The Thriller"
- Entrance themes
- "Just Close Your Eyes" by Story of the Year (February 23 – May 25, 2010; used as the rookie of Christian)
- "We Are One" by 12 Stones (June 7, 2010 – January 10, 2011; used while a part of The Nexus)
- "End of Days" (various versions) (January 14, 2011 – June 10, 2011; used while a part of The Corre)
- "Black or White" by Bleeding In Stereo (June 2011; used while teaming with Justin Gabriel)
- "One Man Band" by Jim Johnston (August 18, 2011 – October 18, 2012)
- "More Than One Man" by Jim Johnston (October 25, 2012 – Present; with Just One Man intro; March 15, 2015 – Present)
- "Slater-Gator" by Jim Johnston (September 22, 2014 – February 12, 2015; used while teaming with Titus O'Neil)
- "Outcast" by CFO$ (WWE; January 11, 2016 – July 19, 2016; used while a part of The Social Outcasts)
Championships and accomplishments
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #100 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
- World Wrestling Entertainment
|CM Punk • David Otunga • Husky Harris • Mason Ryan • Michael McGillicutty • Skip Sheffield • Daniel Bryan • Darren Young • Heath Slater • John Cena • Justin Gabriel • Michael Tarver • Wade Barrett|