Heath Slater

Heath Slater
Heath Slater Profile

Slater is a current WWE superstar who continues to have a successful career in wrestling. He has the charisma and talent to have been involved in many different factions in the WWE which will be discussed in the body of this profile.

Born on July 15, 1983, this West Virginia native was named Heath Wallace Miller and was raised in a stable family environment.

He started his wrestling training under the tutelage of Curtis “Mr.” Hughes at the World Wrestling Alliance (WWA) school and wrestled at many independent events to gain some experience in the squared circle.

In late 2006, Slater signed a contract with the WWE to begin in their developmental territory, Deep South Wrestling (DSW). He then later shifted to another developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

In FCW, Slater was known as Heath Wallace Miller and he was the arrogant host of a talk show segment called “Happy Hour”. His guest on one occasion was the highflying Billy Kidman. The heel Miller intimated that Kidman’s career was in a slump, prompting a feud between the two. Miller eventually also acquired the FCW Heavyweight Championship as the belt was forfeited by the injured Ted DiBiase Jr.

After changing his in-ring name to Sebastian Slater, Slater dropped the strap to Justin Gabriel in a 2 out of 3 fall match after a long championship run.

While he was still FCW Heavyweight Champion, Slater also battled for the FCW Tag Team Championship originally with partner Steve Lewington and later with Joe “Curtis Axel” Hennig. Hennig and Slater won the FCW Tag Team Championship belts and eventually dropped them to the New Hart Foundation (TJ “Tyson Kidd” Wilson and Harry “Davey Boy Smith Jr.” Smith ).

Thereafter, Sebastian Slater became Heath Slater, a face, and was given a tremendous push, defeating WWE superstars like Carlito and Chris Jericho. He gained great attention and respect on NXT and eventually appeared on Raw as a heel along with other NXT rookies.

The team of wannabees would often attack superstars like General Manager Bret “Hitman” Hart and interfered in others matches such as when they cost John Cena his championship match against Sheamus.

The rookie faction deemed themselves “The Nexus”. They embraced the slogan, “If you’re not Nexus, then you’re against us”, and marked the first of many alliances for Slater. The Nexus began with the following members: Wade Barrett (leader and founder), Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Skip “Ryback” Sheffield, Michael Tarver, Justin Gabriel, Slater and David Otunga. Later members over time included: John Cena, Husky “Bray Wyatt” Harris, CM Punk, Michael “Curtis Axel/Joe Hennig” McGillicutty and Mason Ryan.

The Nexus feuded with John Cena, with members facing Cena in individual and tag team efforts. After Cena lost a bout to Wade Barrett, he was forced to join the Nexus. This wasn’t entirely a bad thing however as Cena and original Nexus member David Otunga won the WWE Tag Team Championships. This meant good fortune for the cocky redhead as he and Nexus teammate Justin Gabriel defeated Cena and Otunga to win the belts themselves. This landmark title run would last for 2 months for Slater, eventually dropping the belts to Santino Marella and Vladimir Koslov.

In January, 2011, Gabriel and Slater left the faction as they were upset that CM Punk was being initiated as a member. Gabriel and Slater’s departure laid the foundation for what was to be Slater’s next faction membership. Gabriel and Slater helped Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett defeat the Big Show. Thereafter, the four would join forces and call themselves “The Corre”.

After a few failed attempts to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, Gabriel and Slater were successful at beating Marella and Koslov at the “Elimination Chamber” Pay-Per-View event. The next night there was a quick change of the titles with Cena and the Miz becoming victorious, but Slater and Gabriel would reclaim the titles minutes later.

The two eventually dropped the straps to Kane and old rival the Big Show. Things started to fall apart for the Corre thereafter due to attacks by Barrett and on Jackson for their losing contributions to the team. Soon, all that was left was Slater and Gabriel and The Corre was no more.

After a rivalry with the Uso twins to mostly losses, things between Slater and Gabriel started to heat up when Slater attacked Gabriel for holding him back. The two faced each other with Slater losing. Shortly thereafter, Slater violated the WWE’s Wellness Policy by testing positive for drugs and was suspended for 30 days.

Things went downhill for Slater as he made a challenge to WWE legends that he could defeat them all. In the weeks that followed, Slater was demolished in squash matches to the likes of Bob Backlund, Road Warrior Animal and Diamond Dallas Page to name but a few.

In September 2012, the seeds were sown for yet another faction development involving Slater. During his match against Brodus Clay, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal assisted Slater by attacking Clay. The three banded together and called themselves the “Three Man band” or 3MB for short.

Slater was the leader of the team and acted like a rock n’ roll star. He would take them to a great winning streak, often by cheating. Things would change for the trio however as they then embarked on a long losing streak following the “Tables, Ladders and Chairs” Pay-Per-View event. Before you could say, “enhancement talent”, 3MB were losing in tag team matches, solo efforts and participation in tournaments.

In an attempt to rejuvenate themselves, 3MB would change their name depending on the “theme” of the match they were partaking in. Some names include the Fabulous 3Birds, The Rhinestone Cowboys and The Union jacks. 3MB continued on their jobbing ways, but were able to eventually secure a victory against Los Matadores on Raw. Shortly thereafter, the team disbanded as Mahal and McIntyre were released from the WWE.

In June 2014, Slater continued to lose battle royals, solo matches and tag team matches. He was able to re-gain some success by teaming with Titus O’Neil and calling themselves “Slater-Gator”. The duo would have tag team wins and solo successes. This proved to be short-lived with Salter returning to jobbing to the likes of Adam Rose and The Bunny and dressing up like Uncle Sam to lose to the anti-American Rusev.

In December 2014, a misdemeanor warrant for Slater’s arrest was issued following an assault on a female security guard at a WrestleMania afterparty. The charges were dropped a month later.

Slator Gator disbanded after O’Neil affiliated himself with Prime Time Player member Darren Young. On his own again, Slater did not fare much better, mostly on the losing end of bouts and battle royals and denials for championship shots against Cena.

In January, 2016 Slater formed yet another faction, this one consisting of Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Adam Rose collectively known as the “Social Outcasts”. The team did fairly well together securing some victories in solo and team efforts. The team broke up eventually when all the members got drafted from Raw to SmackDown! except for Slater.

In the weeks that followed, Slater attempted to gain more respect in the federation and eventually snag a more lucrative contract. He encountered roadblock after roadblock until finally he was offered a SmackDown! contract by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan if and only if he could find a tag team partner and win a tag team title tournament.

Lo and behold, none other than previous rival Rhyno accepted the role and the two won the tournament to become the inaugural SmackDown! Tag Team Champions. The two had a very successful title run, eventually dropping the belts after 84 days to Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton.

Signs of dissention between Rhyno and Slater have emerged with each claiming blame on the other for their title losses. They made unsuccessful attempts to regain the titles but have not been successful to date.

One can only hope that success will smile again on Slater and he will be able to survive the ups and downs his career has gone through and maintain his standing as a WWE superstar.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.

Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.

References:

1) http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/12/04/arrest-warrant-issued-for-wrestler-heath-slaterhttp://www.cnn.com/2009/US/12/04/umaga.eddie.fatu/index.html?_s=PM:US
2) http://www.wwe.com/superstars/heath-slater
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_Slater