Heath Miller (July 15, 1983) is an American professional wrestler working for WWE. He performs on the SmackDown brand under the name Heath Slater. He was a contestant in the first season of WWE NXT, where he finished fourth. He is a former FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion and three–time WWE Tag Team Champion with Justin Gabriel.
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 Moeny 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.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Jumping Neckbreaker
- Running Splash
- Spinning spinebuster
- Slingshot Corkscrew Crossbody (sometimes to opponent outside the ring)
- Jumping Armbreaker
- Super power Slam
- Leg Lariat
- Missle Drop Kick
- Drop Kick
- Arm Wringer Slam
- Running Forearm smash
- Stun Gun
- Diving Forearm Smash
- "The Thriller"
- "The One Man Rock Band"
- "The Chick From Wendy's"
- "The One Man Southern Rock Band"
- Entrance themes
- "Wild & Young" by American Bang (Used while on NXT by himself and with other Rookies)
- "We Are One" by 12 Stones (Used while part of the Nexus) (2010–2011)
- "End of Days" (various version) (Used while a part of The Corre) (2011)
- "Black or White" by Bleeding in Stereo (June 17, 2011-July 28, 2011)
- "South Bound" from Quantumn Tracks Library (2011)
- "One Man Band" by Jim Johnston (2011)
- Tag Teams and Stables
Championships and accomplishments
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- NWA/GCW Columbus Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- 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|