WWE.com has officially confirmed the signing of 34-year-old Michael Hutter, who previously wrestled for the company as Derrick Bateman and became a star in Impact Wrestling as Ethan Carter III. The two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion made a surprise appearance at Saturday night’s NXT Takeover: Philadelphia sitting ringside for the main event, and received a tremendous reaction from the local crowd.
For what it’s worth, it looks like WWE will be stylizing his name as “EC 3” going forward. Their official statement, which you can read below, makes no mention of what the abreviation stands for but does mention his time
Below is the official statement from WWE. For what it’s worth, it looks like the company will be stylizing his name as “EC 3” going forward, so far with no mention of what the abbreviation stands for or his time in WWE developmental.
“While the red-hot action inside the ring at TakeOver: Philadelphia kept NXT fans on the edge of their seats, the surprise cameo of NXT’s newest blockbuster signing has the entire sports-entertainment world buzzing.”
“EC 3, a familiar face to many longtime WWE fans, made an unannounced appearance Saturday night, sitting among the NXT Universe inside the jam-packed Wells Fargo Center. A ring veteran of more than 15 years, EC 3 posed for WWE Network cameras as Mauro Ranallo confirmed that the brawny Superstar is NXT’s newest signee.”