|Real Name||Jon Sloan|
|Ring Name(s)|| JayDee|
|Height||5'10" (177.8 cm)|
|Weight||213 lbs (96.6 kg)|
|Date of Birth||April 1, 1975 (age 42)|
|Place of Birth||Greenwich, Connecticut|
|Billed From||Chicago, Illinois|
|Trainer||WWA Talent Development|
|Current Fed(s)||Calamity Fight Club|
|Debut||April 3, 2006|
Jonathan David "Jon" Sloan (born April 1, 1975) is an American professional wrestler and musician. Sloan is best known for his appearances in Total Wrestling Entertainment (TWE) as The Shiz, and is currently contracted with the Calamity Fight Club (CFC) promotion under the same name. Outside of wrestling, he is also the lead vocalist and guitarist for his newly formed band, Death Beetel.
Sloan is a former TWE World Heavyweight Champion, TWE Champion, NLCW North American Champion, NLCW American Champion, NLCW Television Champion as well as a former TWE Intercontinental Champion, having achieved hist first major success during this reign.
Sloan was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the only child of Sue (née Palmer), a waitress, and Christopher Sloan, an auto mechanic. The family moved frequently during Sloan's childhood, living in more than twenty different locations before eventually settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico when he was 14. After graduating from Capital High School he worked as a parking valet for various nightclubs. Sloan began to break into the world of real estate around the age of 20 as a real estate broker. After five years, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Sloan moved to California to begin his training. He trained for years, vowing not to test his ability until he was absolutely ready.
Professional wrestling career
WWA — World Wrestling Alliance (2006 - 2008)
Advocate's Unnamed Forces
Jon Sloan made his debut April 2006 in WWA as a nobody. He was considered a joke and his name would often be forgotten. On the occasion he was remembered, he would be referred to as "Jon Who?" Not too long after his debut with the company he was recruited as a member of CEO Advocate's stable of rising stars, the AUF. As a member of the AUF, he proclaimed himself to be the team captain without ever establishing himself as the rightful leader. Feeling the confidence of being in a stable, he then began to think highly of himself, declaring to personally take over the WWA.
Earning a title shot against the current champion at the time, "The Insane Machine" Joey Rivers, Sloan was the obvious underdog to the much more experienced and dominant Rivers. Still, with the odds stacked against him, he entered the match in hopes of getting lucky. After a brutal beating on Sloan's part, Rivers looked to end the match only to have his former friend, Superstar, strike him with his signature finishing maneuver the Starstruck, allowing Sloan to capture his first ever championship belt.
As an annual event, the War Games match was held at the WWA pay-per-view, War at the Shore 2007, pitting Team TAD against Team AUF inside the cage. Around this time Sloan had grown obsessed with the European Championship, caring little about the brutal match or the well being of his teammates. When finally entering the steel structure, he was immediately greeted with ring steps into the side of the head. The War Games match proved to be unforgiving for Sloan who would later go on to receive a Target-Lock off of the top of the ladder before ultimately losing the match due to the leader of the AUF (as well as Team AUF), Patrick Breeze, turning on his comrades in the midst of certain victory.
Roland Van Owen
Shortly after Roland Van Owen earned a shot at Sloan's title, the two men engaged in a heated feud that lead to a match at the Retribution pay-per-view for the European Championship. In the closing minutes, Sloan was able to deliver his signature Slingblade finishing maneuver on Van Owen. However, when making the cover Van Owen managed to place his foot on the bottom rope. The ref was out of position to catch the rope break and awarded Sloan the victory. Van Owen was given another opportunity as a result of this mistake. Making the most of his second opportunity, RVO was able to use Sloan's own Slingblade to set up his top rope somersault legdrop, called Rip This Joint, also gaining his first championship belt. Later, Sloan exercised his rematch clause as the former champion but was unsuccessful. This would be his last appearance in WWA. After a 13 month hiatus, Sloan was released from the company.
NLCW — No Limits Championship Wrestling (Late 2006 - 2009)
Rick Majors & Cruiserweight Championship
Feeling there was no competition for the Cruiserweight Championship, Rick Majors issued an open challenge to anyone on the NLCW roster. To his surprise, someone he had never competed against or heard of before accepted his challenge, the newcomer Jon Sloan. With limited experience with the company, no one expected him to talk such a big game, showing no fear and no respect towards the ring veteran. In the weeks leading up to the When Worlds Collide 2007, Sloan and Majors engaged in various violent altercations. Clashing at the pay-per-view, Majors was able to defeat Sloan but after the match Sloan mercilessly attacked Majors and injured him before stealing the Cruiserweight Championship, claiming it as his own.
For months, Sloan would be spotted with the title often referring to himself as the legitimate champion when, in reality, it still belonged to the injured and presumably retired Rick Majors. During this time Sloan was involved in a minor feud against The (Prince of) Punk, defeating him at Havok 2007.
Just as Sloan was getting comfortable with the championship belt, Majors made his triumphant return from his injury, attacking Sloan and forcing him to flee. Culminating into a championship ladder match at All Hallows Eve 2007, Sloan was looking to take the torch from Rick Majors and end his career once and for all. Majors, on the other hand, was not ready to calls it quits from wrestling, defeating Sloan for the title once again, regaining the Cruiserweight Championship back in a climatic finish to the feud.
After taking a month to recuperate from the ladder match with Rick Majors, Sloan's next objective was to prove that he was the dominant newcomer to NLCW with the most promising future in the company. Another talented newcomer, Isaac Reynolds was burning his name across NLCW like wildfire and Sloan saw Reynolds as his main competition. Both men decided to prove who the better man was at the grandest stage of them all, Slamfest XI, Reynolds also putting his American Championship on the line. In a gallant effort, Sloan was unable to topple the monstrous Reynolds and suffered a defeat by his hands via The Reality Shock.
Upon making his first appearance in months, Jon Sloan offered insulting comments during an interview, belittling John Thomas for embracing his background. Overhearing these words, an infuriated Thomas stormed to the ring, issuing him challenge. At Rising Sun 2008, with both men evenly matched, Sloan was eventually able to put Thomas away with a Double Cross.
Sloan faced off against Frank Merritt and Kyle Jordan in a Triple Threat in his first match on Avulsion. Being the underdog of the bout, Sloan was able to capitalize at the right moment, pinning Jordan to the mat. Without much time to celebrate, Thomas stormed the ring and exchanged blows with Sloan, eventually leading out into the audience. Merritt, bitter about his loss to Sloan, opted for a one-on-one Falls Count Anywhere match. After the bout lead backstage, an innocent bystander accidentally pepper sprayed Merritt, originally intended for Sloan who was able to dodge it, stunning him long enough for Sloan to pick up another win on Avulsion.
In an attempt to dish out some of Thomas' own medicine, Sloan attacked Thomas from behind but was eventually chased off with a barbwire bat. Prior to the match with Robbie Venom, Sloan announced that his match against Thomas at the PPV will be a Blood Is Thicker Than Wood (II) Tables match. Sloan was eventually able to connect with the Double Cross to beat Venom as well as become the new Television Champion. At Extreme Consequencez 2008, Sloan endured a massive amount of punishment before retaining his title against Thomas.
An unknown stable began its uprising, sending our riddles and cryptic messages throughout the company. Calling themselves Projekt Mayhem, they revealed four members and one leader who vowed to save NLCW. Garnering much publicity with the actions and promises they carried out, Sloan decided to prove their insignificance by challenging one member of Projekt Mayhem to attempt to take his Television Championship. Tomax accepted the challenge and on Avulsion, Tomax would score the upset in a controversial decision. After suffering a humiliating defeat, Sloan disappeared.
Projekt Mayhem continued to prove their critics wrong as they captured the NLCW Women's Championship, retired Faith, defeated the NLCW American Champion, Sean Galen, but narrowly failed to win the NLCW Undisputed World Championship.
At Conflicting Values 2008, Projekt Mayhem promised that the members would be revealed. Xamot would challenge Sean Galen for his championship but was unsuccessful. After Enigma lost the Undisputed World Championship to Chris Logan in the main event, Projekt Mayhem stormed the ring and shook hands with Skyler, revealing him to be the mastermind all along. Sloan, Dazz, Tanya Black and Lestat the Vampyre would all demask to uncover their true identities, Sloan wrestling under the Xamot name. Not long after the identities were revealed, Dazz left the stable for personal reasons.
A returning Alex Jay called out and challenged Sloan, now referring to himself as The Shiz, to a match on Avulsion. In an even match, Jay was able to pin Shiz cleanly after delivering the Frog Splash. Following the match, The Saints made their way to the ring. Showing cruel intentions towards Jay, Galen instead struck down the groggy Shiz with a baseball bat before The Saints shook hands with their new member, Alex Jay.
Vowing for some payback, The Shiz wanted to face Galen without any outside interference. On Avulsion prior to the pay-per-view, he revealed the contest to be a Cage match for The King's championship belt. At 1NE 2008, with Enigma's assistance, Shiz won the American Championship after putting Galen away with the Jonton Bomb.
Shortly after Hardcore Hendrick declared a rematch for the Hardcore Championship The Shiz interrupted, stating he was more hardcore than Hendrick and deserved the right instead. Hendrick then responded by challenging The Shiz to an unknown match at the pay-per-view which was hesitantly accepted. On Avulsion, The Shiz and Hendrick battled in a standard singles match only to end in a double DQ. Backstage that same night, Projekt Mayhem brutally assaulted Fuel, as well as Hendrick who tried to interfere, before adding insult to injury by forcefully unmasking him and revealing Fuel's true identity. At When Worlds Collide 2008, The Shiz faced Hendrick in a Street Fight which was revealed right before the beginning of the match. Surprising his critics, Shiz was not only able to keep up with his opponent but eventually went on to defeat Hendrick with the help of the returning Kelly Rien.
Sean Galen II
After Enigma's successful title defense at When Worlds Collide 2008, Ryan Coleman returned to assault him which prompted The Shiz to come to the aid of his stablemate. Unexpectedly, The Shiz was intercepted by the former American Champion, Sean Galen.
In late 2008, a car ran a red light colliding with Shiz's motorcycle, bringing an abrupt detour to The Shiz's thriving wrestling career. The accident caused a break in The Shiz's femur, torn ligaments in his knee and two broken vertebrae in his neck, one of which was pressing on his spinal cord. The injuries required an operation and he underwent extensive surgery. Approximately one month later, The Shiz began a rigorous rehabilitation process which had been announced would likely keep him out of action for eight months, possibly even longer.
Drew Graham & Departure
Making a surprise return to NLCW, now sporting a new look and attitude, he was inserted as Drew Graham's opponent at Eternity 2009 for the brand new North American Championship. In a highly competitive match, The Shiz was able to pin Graham after the Fatal Affliction to become NLCW's first North American Champion. In August 2009, Sloan had reported on his MySpace page that he tore his right triceps during a match. Due to his injury, The Shiz was forced to vacate the North American Championship, as he would be sidelined from active competition. This was heartbreaking, having just returned from a previous injury a month before. The Shiz went on to have successful surgery on his arm in September. He was later released from his NLCW contract December 2009 during his recovery.
OVW/TWE — Online Virtual Wrestling / Total Wrestling Entertainment (Late 2007 - 2010)
In his debut match with OVW he faced off against the Intercontinental Champion, "The Icon" Sting. Upsetting the champion, Sloan showed he meant business, cleanly defeating Sting to become the new Intercontinental Champion. Shortly thereafter, Sting left the company and Sloan prepared for an impressive career in OVW. This became only his second official championship since his run in WWA.
As the new champion, Sloan established himself a winning streak, defeating each opponent after the next, climbing up the ranks in OVW. Soon he found himself near the top of the mountain along with the, OVW World Champion, the Bashman. Sloan was looking to show that he was not scared when it came to facing the World Champion while the Bashman was unimpressed with Sloan's record. Eventually Sloan and Bashman were scheduled for a non-title match but was pushed back a week. The week after, both men fought to a no contest. It wasn't until much later that Sloan was finally able to pick up a victory over the Bashman even with Ariel in Bashman's corner.
With OVW changing its name to TWE, the World Championship and Women's Championship were vacated along with the introduction of a new look and brand new General Manager of Tuesday Night Enigma, Shaun McMahon. McMahon was formally announced in front of the crowd and Sloan decided to familiarize himself with the new GM. McMahon receiving a chilly welcome from the crowd as well as the Intercontinental Champion, he retaliated by disrespecting Sloan. The GM, being placed in a match with Sloan, looked to teach him a lesson but Sloan was able to pick up the win. McMahon tested his ability as a tag team competitor, teaming up against Alex Cool against Jon Sloan and Peter Siddorn only to suffer another defeat. McMahon, tired of playing games with Sloan, placed himself in a title match at Deception 2008. The majority of the match being one-sided, Sloan easily retained his Intercontinental Championship, unfortunately, injuring McMahon in the process and ending his career with TWE.
When Thiatan made his return to the TWE roster, Jon Sloan was the first to welcome him back to the company. From there a friendship was born as both men had a mutual respect for one another. After each man had been dominating in singles matches, it was announced that Sloan would be competing against his good friend, both of their streaks on the line. Sloan went toe to toe with Thiatan, but in the end, the champion snapped and hit his opponent with the Intercontinental Title to disqualify himself as well as forfeit his streak to Thiatan. From there, it was announced that Thiatan would be challenging for the title at the next TWE pay-per-view, Ring Of Honour 2008.
Sloan earned his way back into Thiatan's good graces as he apologized for his previous actions before their Beer Drinking Contest on Enigma. Thiatan would go on to win the contest only to find out that Sloan had faked unconsciousness in order to get the upper hand on the intoxicated Thiatan. After Sloan had shattered a beer bottle over Thiatan's forehead, he would then add insult to injury, putting him through a table with The Major Impact 2.0. As a result of his cowardly attack, Thiatan would later reveal the stipulation of the title match to be a Blood Is Thicker Than Wood (I) Tables match. At the PPV, the two squared off in a grueling match and in the end, Thiatan was able to put Sloan through a table and become the new TWE Intercontinental Champion. After the match both men reconciled, their friendship renewed.
Introducing himself to the new TWE Diva, Bella Hunter, the two instantly hit it off resulting in a date later that night. After his night with Bella, Sloan ran into his former infatuation standing in the parking lot of the arena. Facing his demons he told Ariel he no longer cared about her, leaving her behind. Minutes after, Bella and Ariel engaged in a heated confrontation, leading to a brutal altercation. The following Enigma, Bella was set to face off against Ariel for the first time (with Sloan in Bella's corner and Bashman in Ariel's corner, respectively) only to come up short against the former TWE Women's Champion. Sloan's contract with TWE expired and for personal reasons Sloan opted not to renew, effectively handing over his resignation in the process. Shortly after, his profile was removed from TWE's official website.
With an unexpected return to TWE as JayDee, he was placed in the World Heavyweight Championship bout as the Special Guest Referee at Slam Mania II. In the final moments of the match Chris Hero would remove JayDee from the equation, inadvertently hitting him in the head with the championship belt, missing his opponent The Bashman. Hero would eventually be able to deliver the Hero's Welcome on Bashman for the victory, with a replacement referee making the decision.
A World Championship bout was announced as the main event for the next PPV involving Hero, Bashman and JayDee. Later, JayDee defeated The Bashman in a Cage match on Tuesday Night Enigma. At Forever Immortal 2009 JayDee secured Bashman's victory, effectively costing Hero his championship.
TWE ChampionshipJayDee would now set his sights directly on the World Heavyweight Championship now that he exacted his revenge. Nick Corvo was the next competitor for The Bashman as Corvo defeated Hero in a number one contender's match. JayDee challenged Corvo to a match, putting the number one contendership on the line. JayDee would go on to win the match after submitting Corvo with the Lockdown.
Before JayDee got to face the champion, Bashman was stripped of the World Heavyweight Championship by officials as the title had been retired and replaced with a new belt, the TWE Championship. A tournament would be held immediately at the next PPV. In the quarterfinals of the tournament, JayDee beat AJ Styles at Road to Redemption 2009. In the semifinals Alex Shelley tapped out, advancing JayDee even closer to the belt. Main eventing Tuesday Night Enigma, JayDee faced the young up-and-comer Medos. After a grueling match with both men being confined inside a steel cage, JayDee finally managed to put Medos away and become the first ever TWE Champion.
His celebration would be short-lived as the following week a number one contender was named, that man being none other than Edge. Edge, attempted to get into the head of JayDee week after week until he was brutally attacked by a fan at a house show, days before he was to compete for the title. At War Zone 2009, JayDee was told that the match would continue with a last minute replacement opponent who's identity was withheld. In a shocking event, Chris Hero emerged revealing he was the "fan" who assaulted Edge. Immediately after the confession, a brawl broke out with the match never officially beginning. Hero would proceed to batter the champion for over 20 minutes before finally ending the night standing over a bloodied JayDee with the title high above his head. It was later posted on TWE.com that JayDee had been injured and would be forced to surrender the TWE Championship.
Return & Final Run
After a short absence, JayDee was spotted attending TWE Forever Immortal in the front row. Josh Matthews delivered a brief interview in which JayDee took the opportunity to reveal that he has been medically cleared to return to the ring. At the next episode of Monday Night Enigma, it was announced that he was signed to a new contract would be debuting the following week. JayDee had his work cut out for him, being placed in a Triple Threat match against Jake Orton and Big J. With a distraction from CM Punk's entrance music playing, Orton was able to roll up JayDee for the three count. At TWE Extreme Rules, JayDee was involved in another Triple Threat match against Big J but now including Jason Grant this time. CM Punk made an actual appearance at the end of this match knocking JayDee off the top rope, allowing Grant to cover Big J freely.
CM Punk then began an aggressive recruiting campaign for his Straight Edge Society, starting with JayDee. CM Punk and JayDee finally met for the first time in singles competition, where Punk picked up the win following a GTS. JayDee faced Jake Orton on the next episode of Enigma which would end in a double countout. JayDee, along with Brian Stryker, faced CM Punk and Nick Corvo in a Tag Team match. Corvo, sharing the same opinion of Punk as JayDee, did little to assist his partner, resulting in JayDee pinning Punk to end the match. TWE.com later announced that CM Punk and JayDee were to face each other at the next PPV with the addition of Nick Corvo being the Special Guest Referee. It was all or nothing at TWE Road to Redemption as the winner would own the rights to the loser's contract with the company. In a climatic conclusion, JayDee defeated CM Punk with a Fatal Affliction out of nowhere for the win. After the match, JayDee ripped up Punk's contract, effectively firing him from the company and having him escorted out of the arena.
Shortly after the Road to Redemption PPV, TWE filed for bankruptcy allowing no other choice but to close its doors, releasing all contractual obligations from the members of the roster.
WWH — World Wrestling Headquarters (Early 2008)
Debuting in his first match on Demolition, Sloan was able to beat "The Raven" Scott Levy. In a Three-Way Dance involving Sloan, Triple H and Assassin, Triple H walked away with the win. On Warzone before Welcome to the Jungle 2008, Sloan won an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal after finally eliminating Lance Harris. Sloan was involved in a 10-Man Battle Royal to decide the number one contender for the Spirit Championship, which was won by Dirk Dillinger. This was his last television appearance. The next week, Sloan was released from his WWH contract. Sloan issued a statement through his MySpace saying that the release was mutual and that he'd requested it.
APWC — Apocalyptic Pro Wrestling Championship (2009)
Upon arriving in APWC under the ring name JayDee, he would immediately be placed in the Icon Championship Tournament. He was, however, eliminated early on by Devlin Raines in both men's first match on Defiance. JayDee would then face fellow newcomer Triple G, finishing him off with the Fatal Affliction after a distraction by Johnny Nova. In a dark match before Carnival of Carnage 2009, he defeated DJ Styles in singles competition. In what was a back and forth match, JayDee would go on to get the pinfall victory over Jiraiya.
With the top contender for the Icon Championship, Devlin Raines, losing interest of the audience and JayDee continuing his rise, JayDee was given a shot at the title. With bad blood already present between JayDee and the reigning champion JT Hunt, the upcoming match was much anticipated. Neither man was able to foresee Randy Roberts making his return, attacking both competitors towards the end of the match resulting in a no contest. Shortly thereafter the company went bankrupt, relieving all wrestlers of their contractual obligations.
WCF — Wrestling Championship Federation (Early 2011)
Hardcore Championship & Departure
JayDee made his debut in Wrestling Championship Federation against fellow newcomer, Anthony Royal, on the flagship show Slam. Both men were evenly matched but Royal was able to secure the victory. After showing an impressive performance, he was placed in a match with six others to battle for the vacant Hardcore Championship at WCF Payback. Royal, whom was also a participant, narrowly walked away with the win as well as the championship. It would later be announced that JayDee was placed in a Triple Threat match on Slam against a familiar face, John Thomas, along with "The Demon of War" Shulmanu to decide the number one contender for the recently crowned WCF Hardcore Champion. Prior to the match, Shulmanu viciously attacked Thomas, effectively eliminating him from the bout. JayDee put up a valiant effort against Shulmanu in what was then turned into a Singles match after the backstage attack, but Shulmanu eventually made quick work of JayDee finishing him with a devastating Feed the Gods.
WCF.com posted an update revealing JayDee had suffered a serious neck injury after the encounter with Shulmanu. WCF would later release JayDee from him contract before being able to make his return.
EHWF — Extreme Hardcore Wrestling Federation (2013)
Rumors had been circulating around the internet of JayDee's possible return to professional wrestling after his band, Cleveland City Council, had finished touring Europe. Those rumors were confirmed when he was spotted on an episode of Extreme Hardcore Wrestling Federation Friday Night Mayhem, walking out of the General Manager's office with his good friend, Ralyks. Shortly thereafter, the card for the upcoming pay-per-view, Trial of Tears, was updated to reveal that JayDee would make his EWHF in-ring debut against Kaz. At Trial of Tears, in a closely contested bout, JayDee was about to pull out an upset against the established Kaz using his DET maneuver. The following week JayDee was included in a Tag Team match on short notice, teaming with Scott Wilson to face Frank Finelli and Jason Dave. Wilson no-showed, resulting in the match continuing as a Two-on-One Handicap instead. Surprisingly, JayDee was able to hold his own until Kaz interfered, knocking down the referee before brutalizing JayDee with his steel chair wrapped in barbed wire, referred to by Kaz as "Robbie." Once the referee recovered, Dave was able to make the pin to finish the match. On the next episode, JayDee got his payback as he ran out after Kaz's match with Domenic Mazzio, attacking him with his own signature weapon. The following week JayDee was involved in a Triple Threat match against Mayhem World Champion Drake Coleman and top contender David Arnold, Arnold ultimately being able to put JayDee away with The Shock of Fear.
Come EHWF's biggest pay-per-view of the year, Scars & Stripes, JayDee and Kaz were scheduled to face off in a Ladder match with Robbie hanging above the ring. The first man to reach the weapon and use it on their opponent would be recognized as the winner. At the end of the match, JayDee on one ladder was able to push Kaz's ladder over, sending him crashing to the outside in complete devastation. JayDee then retrieved Robbie from above the ring and was moments away from securing the win but instead opted to spare his opponent, defiantly dropping the weapon to declare that they were finished. In a sudden turn of events, Kaz picked up the chair and smashed JayDee's skull in, winning the opening match in controversial fashion.
Their rivalry ultimately culminated into a barbaric Barbed Wire Steel Cage match at King of Bereavement. In what was widely believed to be one of the most violent and action packed matches in EHWF's recent history, Kaz and JayDee beat each other profusely with no man clearly dominating the majority of the match. Both competitors eventually scaled to the top of the cage and coming within inches of defeating Kaz, JayDee was barely halted by his opponent and finished with a swift roundhouse kick to the temple. After sending JayDee crashing into the canvass below, Kaz was then able to escape the structure to end the feud. This was done to write JayDee off television as he was taking a hiatus to tour with his band for the remainder of the year. In an interview for EHWF.com, JayDee revealed that he will not be a full-time wrestler due to his musical ventures and his reoccurring injuries from his vigorous wrestling career.
TWE — Total Wrestling Entertainment (Early 2015)
Blackout & World Heavyweight Championship
Around December 2014, Sloan was tweeting cryptic messages from his account that began to catch the eyes of wrestling fans. Weeks later, Total Wrestling Entertainment announced his signing, under his ring name The Shiz, through their TWE.com website. The following Monday Night Enigma, The Shiz made his return in a Triple Threat match against Blackout and the reigning World Heavyweight Champion, John Steel. The Shiz was able to single out Steel, finishing him with a Diving Splash. Blackout, angered by the win, attacked The Shiz after the match. Next week on Enigma, The Shiz faced the brute Vik Anders in a No Disqualification match. As he was about to secure the win, Blackout made a surprise appearance, distracting The Shiz long enough for Anders to Chokeslam him off of the top rope through a table before being pinned. Blackout and The Shiz would meet once again at Road to Redemption 2015 in a Steel Cage match. In the final minutes of the match, The Shiz was able to sneak in his acoustic guitar through the cage door and blast Blackout with it, allowing himself to escape the structure.
The Shiz was placed in a match against Endee Leights in the quarter-finals of the TWE World Heavy Weight Championship Tournament. He pulled her tights, without the referee's knowledge, and snuck away with the win. In the semi-finals, The Shiz faced Harvey Jordan in a very close battle but was able to submit him with his debut of the Hangman's Clutch. The Shiz met Stefan Raab in the tournament finals in, what proved to be, his toughest match at the time since making his return to TWE. Ultimately, The Shiz was able to put Raab away with the DET and become TWE World Heavyweight Champion for his first time. Immediately after the match, Blackout's stablemate from The Order, Phantom, brutalized the newly crowned champion. The Shiz later accepted Phantom's challenge to an undisclosed match but refused to put his title on the line. At Born to be Champion 2015, prior to the bout, Blackout revealed the match to be a Full Metal Mayhem match. Phantom dominated in a mostly one-sided beating until The Shiz was able to knock Phantom off of the ladder, sending him through two stacked tables. Moments away from defeating Phantom, Blackout interfered, eventually allowing Phantom to deliver the Supreme Phantasmal Crasher off of the ladder through six steel chairs for the upset.
The Order faced The Shiz and his associate, Cesaire, in a Tag Team match on the following Enigma, only to have it end in a no contest after the brawl spilled out into the audience. Blackout finally got his opportunity for The Shiz's belt as the two faced off in a Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship. In a shocking act of revenge, The Shiz delivered his DET to Blackout on top of the steel steps before finishing him off with the Stage Dive, putting an end to their violent feud.
With Slam-Mania only weeks away, President Anderson was determined to put on a fitting main event for TWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year, hand-picking Stefan Raab as the new number one contender. This appeared to upset The Shiz, as he already bested him in the tournament and felt Raab was undeserving of the title opportunity. Later, The Shiz teamed with Endee Leights to face Raab and Chris Matthews in a Tag Team match, which was won by Matthews after pinning Endee to the mat. The following week, The Shiz and Raab met in the ring once again but this time for a contract signing that would officially authorize their match at Slam-Mania. The Shiz attempted to persuade Raab from proceeding with the match, trying to create sympathy for himself. For a moment it looked like it was going to work in the champion's favor, but Raab saw right through this facade, signing the contract regardless. At Slam-Mania, the two faced each other for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the final moments of the match, The Shiz ordered his associate, Cesaire, to retrieve his trusty guitar. Cesaire couldn't bring himself to do it, leaving The Shiz deserted. Raab was then able to counter the springboard dropkick into The Ice Storm for the win.
Scotty PaineFresh out of Slam-Mania, The Shiz faced the former member of Platinum Act, Scotty Paine, in a Last Man Standing match. Being able to hold his own in a match that heavily favored Paine, The Shiz utilized Paine's own Paineful Experience maneuver through a flaming piece of broken table to defeat him. The Shiz would go on to defeat Equinox on the next edition of Enigma after Cesaire, uncharacteristically, intervened in the match. After the match, The Shiz was being interviewed before Paine blind-sighted him out of nowhere. The assault eventually ended, but not before The Shiz was piledriven onto a monitor. With The Shiz feeling confident in his ability to defeat Paine in any match, he challenged Paine to a face him at Extreme Rules, even allowing him to choose the match type. Paine ultimately decided to face him in his signature Anarchy Rules match, opening the show with a gruesome war between the two. The Shiz was finally able to stop Paine by delivering his DET off of a ladder onto a pile of steel chairs.
EchelonUnsure of the direction The Shiz wanted to take his career, he took a week off to give it some thought. Upon his return, he announced that he was going to be focusing on the newly reestablished tag team division, teaming up with a mystery partner. Cryptic messages would appear irregularly for weeks until The Shiz walked out to the ring, revealing to the public that his mystery partner was, none other than, his old rival Equinox and they would collectively be known as Echelon. The two memebers of Echelon would periodically interrupt TWE programming with segments, reminiscent of public service announcements. They made their in-ring debut together against the tag team favorites, Chris Hunter and Kyle O'Brien of The Enterprise. After a closely contested battle, Echelon was able to pick up the decisive victory.
For reasons unknown, Echelon did not make many more appearances together as Equinox was busy defending his Velocity Championship while The Shiz was noticeably absent from television. Rumors later arose about The Shiz, stating that he was having difficulties juggling both his professional wrestling career and his music career simultaneously. Eventually, The Shiz and TWE parted on good terms, mutually agreeing on this decision.
CFC — Calamity Fight Club (Late 2015 - Present)
To the surprise of the fans in attendance, The Shiz made his debut for Calamity Fight Club in the opening match of Fight Night 1, facing off against K-AZZ. The two men set an electrifying pace for the rest of the card, which ended after The Shiz was able to counter the Flash Magic into a Lockdown, resulting in a tap out. Fight Night 2 pitted The Shiz against the rookie, Cyrus. The bout was mostly one-sided, ending with a DET. Later on, The Shiz was placed in a qualifying match for the CFC Championship Grand Prix against an unknown opponent, who was revealed to be his long-time friend, Joe Cesaire, just before the match. This was the first official match that they have ever faced each other in and no one expected it to be so closely contested. Cesaire was moments away from winning the match with the Dominator but The Shiz was able to counter into a modified sunset flip for the victory. After the match, The Shiz and Cesaire shook hands, rekindling their friendship.
CFC Championship Grand Prix
On October 20th, the last match of the quarterfinals saw The Shiz struggle to keep up with Darkside's superior speed and athleticism. However, The Shiz was eventually able to wear him down enough to, eventually, end the match with a DET to advance. At Fight Night 5, the heavily-favored Jex Blackwell put a beating on The Shiz in the semifinal round only to have The Shiz get the upset with a schoolboy rollup out of nowhere. This victory allowed The Shiz to join the stiff striker, Cervontez, in the final round of the CFC Championship Grand Prix that will crown the first-ever CFC Champion. The two finalists squared off at Fight Night 6 in a highly-anticipated match up, The Shiz taking early control of the match with his technical prowess. Cervontez eventually rallied back and rattled The Shiz on several occasions. The Shiz nearly secured the championship after delivering a DET out of nowhere but Cervontez was still able to kick out. The Shiz wasted no time and immediately prepared himself for the Stage Dive. Launching himself off of the top rope, Cervontez sprang to his feet and took The Shiz's head off with a wicked Vendetta, ending the match and becoming the first-ever CFC Champion.
Rematch & Qwik$ylver
Impressed by The Shiz's performance in the final round of the CFC Championship Grand Prix, he was given another possible opportunity, facing off against Qwik$ylver (who had faced Cervontez in the semifinals) in a title eliminator match. Qwik$ylver came within an inch of beating The Shiz by putting his feet on the ropes but The Shiz's associate, Cesaire, saw what was happening and shoved Qwik$ylver's feet off. Qwik$ylver was irate with Cesaire's interference, allowing The Shiz to capitalize on the distraction by rolling him up with a schoolboy to become the number one contender for the CFC Championship. The following week, during The Shiz's match with Abel, Qwik$ylver attacked Cesaire at ringside. The Shiz watched as the brawl led up the ramp, leaving an opening for Abel to connect with the Burning Lariat to finish the match. At Fight Night 9, The Shiz and Joe Cesaire called out the CFC Champion, Cervontez, who walked out and confronted the two men in the middle of the ring. It wasn't long before Qwik$ylver joined the men, disrespecting each of them. Cervontez, The Shiz, and Cesaire joined together to put a beating on Qwik$ylver before tossing him out of the ring. Cervontez then, out of nowhere, takes out The Shiz's associate, much to the audience's surprise. The Shiz attempted to defend Cesaire, but Cervontez was able to slip out of the DET before locking in his Dragon Clutch. Referees eventually storm the ring, prying the two men apart. The following week, The Shiz finally got his second opportunity for the CFC Championship. The match was very physical, as the two men had a lot to prove to the rest of the roster. Nearing the end, Qwik$ylver once again made his presence known and cost The Shiz the match.
Qwik$ylver opened the next Fight Night gloating about The Shiz's loss to the champion and by vowing to eliminate him from the picture entirely, so that he could be the new number one contender. The Shiz didn't take too kindly to the threat and stormed down the ramp only for Qwik$ylver to retreat into the crowd. At Fight Night 12, Cesaire got a one-on-one match with Qwik$ylver with The Shiz as a guest commentator. Qwik$ylver shocked the audience by, not only beating Cesaire cleanly, but also displaying a great deal of strength by being able to lift his opponent up into the Northern Lights Bomb. The Shiz and Cesaire teamed up to take on Qwik$ylver and Eric Kaeding in a Tag Team match. The pairing of Kaeding and Qwik$ylver were able to utilize their cunning tactics to sneak away with the win. The Shiz decided he had enough and challenged Qwik$ylver to an undisclosed match, which was gladly accepted. It was later revealed to be The Shiz's signature match, a Blood Is Thicker Than Wood (III) Tables match. The Shiz punished him early on, drawing blood without receiving much damage himself. The tides began to turn after Qwik$ylver put The Shiz through a table, which did not end the match as The Shiz was not bleeding. Qwik$ylver's inexperience in this type of match was evident and The Shiz, ultimately, put an end to the feud with The Major Impact 2.0, driving his opponent through the table.
The following week, The Shiz faced off against the largest competitor on the CFC roster, Greco. It only took Greco 30 seconds to defeat him and continue his streak of dominance. Embarrassed about his last performance and looking to finish the year strong, The Shiz challenged Greco to a rematch at the final CFC show of the year, Fight Night 16. Their second match was completely dominated by Greco, toying with The Shiz before securing the victory with his signature Greco Press. After the match, Greco took a cheap shot at The Shiz's associate, Cesaire, to prove his superiority. Again unable to defeat Greco, The Shiz and Cesaire faced him together in a Handicap match at the first Fight Night of 2016. Struggling from the opening bell, The Shiz and Cesaire began to wear down their gargantuan opponent over time. Cesaire became the first man to have knocked down Greco in any match but eventually fell victim to his Greco Grip. The Shiz helped Cesaire reach the ropes but Greco refused to let go, resulting in a disqualification. As the match came to an end, The Shiz acted quickly, blasting Greco with a guitar shot then latched on the Lockdown, punishing his opponent before the referees stormed the ring to separate the two men. At Fight Night 19 without Cesaire in his corner, The Shiz faced Greco in a brutal Hardcore match which saw Greco controlling the majority of the match. The Shiz was able to mount an offense with the use of a fire extinguisher and a back body drop over the top rope, sending Greco through a glass pane over a table. Eventually, Greco locked in his inescapable Greco Grip but The Shiz forced him to release by unloading all the staples from a staple gun into the outside of Greco's hand. The Shiz followed this up with a DET onto a pile of thumbtacks but Greco kicked out before the final count. Greco got the upperhand by dumping The Shiz's ladder off of the stage, launching him into the electrical equipment before pinning him.
After missing two Fight Night shows, The Shiz returned to action by facing Tarasque in a Singles match. He was able to beat him cleanly with the Stage Dive. The following week, The Shiz was able to submit Freiherr with a Lockdown. It didn't take long for the newcomer, Bonesaw, to make a splash and string together some impressive wins. It was Bonesaw's blatant disrespect for the CFC veterans week after week that got The Shiz's attention. Backstage during an interview, The Shiz expressed his honest opinion about CFC's newest member. Bonesaw, listening close by, got in his face trying to intimidate the smaller man. At Fight Night 27, The Shiz battled Cobra in a very closely contested match. Bonesaw walked out and observed from the base of the ramp midway through the match, visibly making The Shiz uneasy. With one perfectly timed distraction, Cobra rolled up The Shiz with a schoolboy, sneaking away with the victory.
The following week, the two met backstage which resulted in a violent brawl, that ended with Bonesaw getting the advantage. The Shiz gave an interview vowing to put Bonesaw in his place by making him tap out when they finally meet in the ring. The two men faced each other in a Singles match that saw an impressive performance by The Shiz. Bonesaw was shoved off of the top rope before being put away by the Stage Dive. Following the match, The Shiz offered a respectful handshake that was accepted until Bonesaw, unexpectedly, pulled his foe right into the crushing Bonebreaker. At Fight Night 30, after Bonesaw made quick work of Alexander Riggs, The Shiz marched down the ramp to get even after the cheap shot he received. Bonesaw attempted to flee but The Shiz caught him in time and battered him at ringside. Bonesaw rolled back into the ring and connected with the Cleaver on The Shiz who was in pursuit. Bonesaw then placed The Shiz's leg inside of a steel chair before dropping down on it from the second rope. Afterward, he cowardly challenged his rival to a Last Man Standing match stating, "That is, if you can even stand at all." The two men eventually met at Fight Night 31 in a Last Man Standing match. After surviving both a Bonebreaker and Cleaver earlier in the match, The Shiz thwarted Bonesaw's attempt to drive him through one of the announcer's tables by hitting a back body drop onto the Spanish announce table. Though the table didn't collapse initially, The Shiz sealed Bonesaw's fate by delivering a Stage Dive from the top rope through the Spanish announce table, earning himself the tough victory.
Various Tag Teams
The Shiz and his associate, Joe Cesaire, faced Wesley Brooks and Ethan Young in a Tag Team match, defeating them handily. The following week, The Shiz and Cesaire faced off against the team of Freiherr and Tarasque. Towards the end of the match, Cesaire injured his ankle leading to Freiherr finishing him with the Reign of Freiherr. The Shiz took a week off from competition before returning to action with Cyrus as his Tag Team partner against Cobra and Darkside. Darkside scored the pinfall on Cyrus. At Fight Night 36, The Shiz teamed with Adam Harris against Abel and Jex Blackwell. Due to Jex and Abel's inability to work effectively together, The Shiz and Harris secured the victory after Harris connected with Forever Red on Abel.
Having found success partnering with Harris, the two men continued competing together in Tag Team matches, this time against Rob Newman and Kenny Cole. The Shiz finished the match after a Forever Red/Stage Dive combination on Newman. The following week, Harris and The Shiz defeated Franklin Murdoch and Eddie Bloom. Harris and The Shiz began to create a reputation for themselves as the dominant tag team in CFC after they beat Aiden Galloway and Russell Taylor. In a backstage segment, Cesaire surprised The Shiz and announced that he was medically cleared to compete once again, thanking Harris for "filling in." The Shiz, obviously torn by the important decision, chose to continue teaming with Harris due to their success
CFC Tag Team Classic 2016
At Fight Night 41, The Shiz and Harris faced the dynamic duo of Eric Kaeding and Cobra. After Cobra inadvertently knocked down the referee, Cesaire interfered in the match by nailing Cobra with a destructive thrust spinebuster. Cesaire disappeared into the crowd and The Shiz, oblivious to Cesaire's interfrence, forced Cobra to tap out to the Lockdown. That match was later revealed to be the first match in a tag team tournament called the CFC Tag Team Classic, however, due to Cesaire's involvement, The Shiz and Harris were forced to face Kaeding and Cobra in a rematch the following week. In their rematch, Kaeding got the pinfall on The Shiz after the Ericution landed but The Shiz's foot was under the bottom rope, prompting the referee to restart the match. All throughout, The Shiz had many failed attempts at ending the match with his Lockdown maneuver but finally found success by locking in the Hangman's Clutch on Cobra to advance in the tournament.
Harris and The Shiz were then placed in a Triple Threat Tag Team match in order to correct the tournament's schedule after the unexpected rematch the previous week. Now facing Douglas Armstrong and Terence Frazier, as well as, Donald Fleming and Fred Dennis in the quarterfinals, Cesaire opted to be in the team's corner but Harris quickly turned down the offer. Towards the end of the match, Frazier was going to score the upset on Harris after a low blow while the referee was down, but Cesaire interfered by hitting Frazier with the DND before dragging Harris on top of him for the cover. After the match, The Shiz had to separate his two friends as Harris was furious over Cesaire's assistance. In their semifinal match, with Cesaire being banned from further involvement in the tournament, Adam Harris and The Shiz would have to defeat the team of Jon Rhodes and Byron Lane two consecutive times in order to advance with Lane and Rhodes only having to score a single victory, as punishment for Cesaire interfering the previous week. Harris picked up the first pinfall for the team after a missile dropkick/Forever Red combination on Lane. Rhodes and Lane grew desperate, utilizing every under-handed tactic they could think of but it wasn't enough as Rhodes countered The Shiz's Lockdown into an inside cradle, which was reversed by The Shiz to get the three-count. In the finals of the CFC Tag Team Classic, The Shiz faced a familiar team of Tarasque and Freiherr, collectively known as The Suffering, but earlier that evening Harris was violently attacked backstage by an unknown assailant. The Shiz had the option of forfeiting the match, instead, he chose to continue as a two-on-one Handicap match. Shockingly, The Shiz showed tremendous success early into the match, however, the numbers proved too much as Freiherr and Tarasque picked him apart. The Shiz was almost defeated twice during the match but was able to get his shoulder up first after receiving a Darkness Falls from Tarasque, then a second time after Freiherr's Reign of Freiherr. A battered Adam Harris eventually stumbled down the ramp, refusing to let his tag team partner carry the team by himself. The Shiz, absolutely exhausted, was finally able to make the tag and Harris, fueled by pure adrenaline, put a beating on both opponents. However, Tarasque and Freiherr were still the healthier men, putting Harris down for the count with their vicious Devouring Darkness, becoming the first team to win the CFC Tag Team Classic trophy.
Disappointed after coming up short in the tag team tournament and for allegedly attacking his tag team partner before their important match in the finals, The Shiz was hellbent on settling the score with The Suffering. However, The Suffering refused to face the duo until they "prove that they are worthy." Harris and The Shiz made short work of their opponents for the night, Bobby Rodriguez and Lucas Shelton. The following week, The Shiz and Harris faced Wesley Brooks and Russell Taylor in a losing effort after Tarasque distracted the referee, allowing Freiherr to connect with the Reign of Freiherr on The Shiz. On Fight Night 53, Harris and The Shiz dominated Nicolas Luna and Elbert Crawford in a Tornado Tag Team match. The Suffering emerged from the crowd after the match and attempted to blindside their rivals once again but this time The Shiz and Harris were prepared, fending the duo off and chasing them out of the ring. As The Suffering were backpedalling up the ramp, Cesaire leveled both of them with a double clothesline to the back of the necks. Cesaire threw both men back into the ring, allowing Harris and The Shiz to exact their revenge. Afterward, Cesaire attempted to shake hands with Harris and settle their personal differences but Harris ignored it.
Feeling embarrassed and humiliated, The Suffering finally granted The Shiz and Harris their rematch in order to teach them a firm lesson. The bout was evenly matched as Cesaire was present at ringside to thwart any attempted cheating from their opponents. Tarasque eventually had enough of Cesaire's involvement in the match and slapped him while he was standing on the ring apron. Harris looked to connect with a running big boot to Tarasque but he dove out of the way, leading Harris' boot to connect with the unsuspecting Cesaire, launching him off of the apron into the barricade. The distracted Harris then fell victim into a Darkness Falls from Tarasque, securing the win. After the match, The Suffering planted The Shiz with the Devouring Darkness before dragging Harris out in front of the announcer's table. Cesaire thought about coming to Harris' aid as the two made eye contact but, ultimately, decided to assist The Shiz to the back, allowing The Suffering to send Harris through the announcer's table with a double front slam.
The following week, Cesaire went toe-to-toe against Freiherr, eventually beating him with the Dominator. At Fight Night 56, Cesaire faced Tarasque with Freiherr in his corner and despite The Suffering's cheating antics, Cesaire was able to incapacitate the two men with a thrust spinebuster to each, prior to pinning them both at the same time. The Shiz returned from his two week hiatus to rejoin Cesaire, defeating Aaron Walker and Andrew Wells without much effort. After The Suffering dispatched Emanuel Massey and Noah Lopez later that evening, The Shiz and Cesaire marched down to the ring to resolve their feud once and for all but The Suffering fled the ring, telling them "Next week..." before making their way to the back. Main eventing Fight Night 58, The Shiz and Cesaire awaited their opponents, The Suffering, who stormed the ring to engage in a violent brawl. Shiz and Cesaire, surprisingly, made quick work of them, unleashing a Mind Blower to both of them prior to ending the match. Immediately afterward, the two men discovered that their opponents were merely decoys with Freiherr and Tarasque incapacitating Cesaire with the Pain Killer out of nowhere. The Shiz attempted to fight off both men but the numbers proved to be too great, eventually leaving him prone on the mat after planting him with their Devouring Darkness maneuver.
To end the bitter rivalry the two teams faced each other one last time in a Hardcore Tornado Tag Team match. The match proved to be as brutal as expected, with all participants of the match tasting their own blood. The Shiz narrowly evaded a Devouring Darkness attempt with Cesaire and The Shiz somehow turning the table on Freiherr, delivering a crushing Mind Blower to end the match and finally defeat The Suffering. The two friends celebrated their hard fought victory in the ring before Adam Harris made his triumphant return from the injury he sustained as a result of The Suffering putting him through the announcer's table. Harris congratulated both men on achieving what he could not. Harris looked to have put his and Cesaire's differences aside by shaking his hand until Harris kicked him in the stomach, delivering a Forever Red in the center of the ring. The Shiz raced to restrain Harris, trying to talk some sense into him but Harris leveled his former friend with a clothesline. Harris then dragged Cesaire's carcass out of the ring and sent him crashing through the announcer's table with a second Forever Red.
The following night, The Shiz called out his former tag partner Adam Harris on Spotlight of the Night for putting Cesaire on the shelf indefinitely but Harris no-showed. On Fight Night 63, Harris was very apathetic during his match with Cyrus. Harris disqualified himself after refusing to release his standing camel clutch submission during a rope break. The Shiz confronted Harris after the match asking him why he turned on his friends to join The Suffering, but before he could answer The Suffering intervened and forced The Shiz to retreat. The Shiz and Harris were scheduled in a Singles match but the match never began as Harris defiantly abandoned the match altogether. The Shiz chased after him backstage but was ambushed by The Suffering. Harris ordered The Suffering to spare his former friend and, feeling sorry for what The Shiz has gone through, finally agreed to answer his questions. The week after, Harris appeared on Spotlight of the Night, revealing to The Shiz that he is not trying to punish The Shiz. Harris, elaborated by saying his differences are with Cesaire and that he was going to finish the job once Cesaire returned. The Shiz attempted to dig for more details but Harris' final warning was to "stay out of my way" before exiting the ring.
The Shiz went one-on-one against Freiherr with Tarasque in his corner and defeated him with the Hangman's Clutch. Predictably, The Suffering began attacking The Shiz after the final bell, eventually folding him with the Pain Killer. Harris made his way down to the ring in defense of The Shiz. A disappointed Tarasque slaps Harris in the face, prompting him to chase them out of the ring. The following week, The Suffering called out Adam Harris in order to see where his allegiances lie but The Shiz shows up in his place, telling them that Harris is loyal to him and to prove it, they will take on The Suffering later on in the main event. As the match is about to begin Harris no-showed again, leaving The Shiz at the mercy of The Suffering. Cesaire's music hits and makes a surprise return, demolishing the two men even with a taped midsection. As Cesaire and The Shiz celebrate in the ring, The Suffering delivers a cryptic message to them "You still don't get it... but you'll find out soon enough".
Cesaire faced a tough opponent in Bonesaw but was able to put him away with a thrust spinebuster. Immediately following the match, Harris marched down towards Cesaire and the two men collided in the center of the ring. Cesaire, tired and still not 100%, didn't put up much of a fight and easily fell victim to the Forever Red. The Shiz stormed the ring and once again came to the aid of his associate but Harris answered back with a low blow. With Cesaire regaining consciousness, Harris retrieved a steel chair and attempted to blast him over the head but The Shiz shoved Cesaire out of the way, taking the bullet for him. Shocked and disgusted with himself, Harris fled to the back. At Fight Night 69, The Shiz with Cesaire in his corner faced Harris in an Iron Man match for the card's main event. The Shiz was able to get the first fall after landing the Stage Dive, Harris got the second fall with Forever Red, and nearing the hour mark The Shiz picked up the third fall by submitting Harris with his debut of the Scorpion Deathlock, becoming the victor at 2-1. Cesaire celebrated The Shiz's hard fought accomplishment before the defeated Harris congratulated him through the mic from the base of the ramp. Harris revealed that he and The Shiz would have been the greatest tag team that CFC had ever seen but The Shiz gave that up because he was too stubborn and too blind to see the truth. As Harris limped up the ramp, surveillance footage was shown on the Tron that clearly revealed Cesaire as the one that attacked Harris backstage before facing The Suffering in the CFC Tag Team Classic finals. The Shiz, feeling betrayed and humiliated, turned to face Cesaire who nonchalantly shrugged in response before sending The Shiz crashing into the mat with a Dominator.
Cesaire opened the following show by explaining his actions and motives, taking full responsibility for sabotaging The Shiz's and Harris' chance at winning the CFC Tag Team Classic. Cesaire claimed he was always looked down upon by The Shiz when he was actually the better man. He then openly challenged The Shiz for a match that night, knowing that his rival wasn't in attendance, as he was off touring with his band for the coming weeks. Cesaire declared that every week that The Shiz is gone, he was going to destroy someone from the locker room. Before leaving, he would connect with another thrust spinebuster, but this time through a trashcan. Following Cesaire's decimation of Alexander Riggs, The Shiz surprised him by walking out onto the stage. The Shiz told Cesaire that there is only one way that he planned to beat his old associate and that was by making him tap. The Shiz then charged down the ramp, brawling with Cesaire in the center of the ring. The Shiz quickly go the upper hand, causing Cesaire to flee to the outside. The Shiz chased him around ringside before running right into a thrust spinebuster out of nowhere. Cesaire smirked as he left the area. Cesaire and The Shiz faced each other in a Singles match on Fight Night 73, where Cesaire took control of the match early on. Throughout the match, Cesaire was unable to catch his opponent with any of his major maneuvers just as The Shiz was unable to apply his Lockdown. Cesaire surprised The Shiz by debuting his Bear Trap submission for the first time. The Shiz was unable to escape the hold and, refusing to tap, fell unconscious to the pain resulting in an upset victory for Cesaire. The following week Cesaire gloated about his victory over his former mentor in front of the audience before issuing a challenge to 'The King' Cobra for his CFC Championship. Instead of the champion making an appearance, The Shiz walked out to the ring instead. The Shiz congratulated Cesaire before challenging him to a rematch, guaranteeing that Cesaire would not beat him a second time. Cesaire responded by telling him he needed to earn another shot at facing "the future champ," then walked away. Backstage, Cesaire was informed by the General Manager that he made a good point out in the ring and was booked in a number one contenders match against none other than The Shiz, setting him off into a rage.
At Fight Night 75, Cesaire faced The Shiz in another singles match to determine the next number one contender for Cobra's championship. Cesaire showcased his superior strength in the opening minutes of the match but The Shiz was able to take over by systematically targeting his knee. Cesaire was able to deliver a thrust spinebuster at the midpoint of the match but The Shiz was able to get his shoulder up. The ref was inadvertently knocked out prior to The Shiz latching on the Scorpion Deathlock, forcing Cesaire to tap out. With The Shiz desparately trying to revive the referee, Cesaire blind sighted him with a steel chair. The end of the match came when The Shiz was caught red-handed and disqualified for blasting Cesaire with a guitar shot in retaliation for the repeated chair shots he received while the ref was unconscious. After Cesaire was awarded a shot at the CFC Championship, Cobra stormed the ring and planted both competitors with his Serpent Strike. The following week, Cesaire challenged Cobra for his title in singles competition. After two near falls for the champion, the challenger surprised Cobra with a DND out of nowhere. Before he could make the cover, The Shiz emerged from the crowd and stared down his nemesis from across the ring. Cesaire pleaded for him not to interfere as he was moments away from defeating Cobra and appeared to convince The Shiz, who turned to exit the ring. Cesaire attempted the cover but The Shiz changed his mind and dragged Cesaire off of the champion, applying the Scorpion Deathlock in the process. The referee called the end of the match before The Shiz landed a huge Stage Dive on Cobra for good measure. At Fight Night 77, Cobra faced The Shiz and Cesaire in a Three Way match for the CFC Championship. The majority of the match saw Cesaire and The Shiz brutalize one another while periodically removing Cobra from the equation. The Shiz delivered a Stage Dive on Cesaire while holding a steel chair, being seconds away from victory. Cobra broke up the pinfall by dragging The Shiz out of the ring and planting him with a Serpent Strike before covering Cesaire to retain.
Cesaire teamed with Greco in a Tag Team match against The Shiz and Deak Dagen. Cesaire's only participation in the match came when he tagged himself in to score the pinfall on Dagen, as the dominant Greco single-handidly fended off both competitors. Greco, visibly upset, destroyed Cesaire prior to tossing him out of the ring with a Greco Press before demanding a title match against Cobra, the man he dropped the championship to. The following week, Greco faced Dagen, Cesaire, and The Shiz in a 3-on-1 Handicap match, ultimately losing after a Flash Magic/Stage Dive combination. After the match, Greco was put through a table with a three-man aided powerbomb. At Natural Selection 2016, Cobra faced The Shiz, Dagen, and Cesaire in a Four Way Elimination match for the CFC Championship. The champion Cobra was eliminated first after tapping out to The Shiz's Hangman's Clutch. The Shiz was eliminated second after a low blow followed by a DND. Dagen quickly capitalized on the situation by connecting with both his Flash Magic and World Star Frog Splash to walk away as the new CFC Champion. In the main event, Cobra, Cesaire, Qwik$ylver, and Jex Blackwell were the final four remaining competitors left in the Natural Selection match. Cesaire eliminated Cobra at the same time Qwik$ylver eliminated Blackwell. Cesaire was moments away from eliminating Qwik$ylver with a Dominator over the top rope until The Shiz spared his former rival. Both men then delivered a double superkick, sending Cesaire over the top rope and cementing Qwik$ylver as the very first winner of the Natural Selection match.
After The Shiz was able to defeat Blackwell in a Singles match, Cesaire stormed the ring attempting to blindside his nemesis but was successfully fought off. Feeling embarrassed, Cesaire challenged The Shiz to a match later that night. The Shiz accepted and faced Cesaire in the main event, being able to survive Cesaire's dirty tactics and eventually defeated Cesaire by using the ropes for leverage. Qwik$ylver was set to challenge the champion, Deak Dagen, at Fight Night 80 but was savagely beaten backstage by an unknown attacker. Qwik$ylver was rushed to the hospital and a title eliminator was held in the main event as The Shiz faced Cesaire in a Last Man Standing match. In the final moments of the match, Cesaire would be able to outlast his former mentor by shoving him off of the ladder, forcing him to go through two stacked tables on the outside of the ring. The result of this match forced The Shiz to take several months off to recover from his injuries.
Return & $aints of Liberty
At Fight Night 106, Darkside and Qwik$ylver faced each other in rematch of their non-title match. Darkside nearly won the match after surprising the champion with his corkscrew scissors kick but Cesaire was able to distract the referee long enough for Qwik$ylver to roll up Darkside with a school boy, using the tights to secure the win. After the match, Qwik$ylver announced his participation in the upcoming CFC Tag Team Classic with Cesaire as his tag team partner, now referring to themselves as the $aints of Liberty. Should Qwik$ylver win the tournament, he would be the first wrestler to achieve every accomplishment that CFC had to offer. Before Qwik$ylver could finish his announcement, Darkside attacked both men from behind. It wasn't long until Darkside was overpowered though, with both men viciously beating him down in the center of the ring. Having had enough, Qwik$ylver ordered Cesaire to position Darkside in the corner in order to give him the same treatment as Harris. Suddenly, familiar music filled the arena as The Shiz made his long-awaited return, chasing $oL out of the ring.
The Shiz began Fight Night by coming out to the ring and making his intentions known, having his sights set the man that temporarily put him out of action, Joe Cesaire. Cesaire responded by appearing from the back and catching The Shiz up on recent events: his CFC Championship reign and his new found allegiance with Qwik$ylver. The Shiz challenged Cesaire to a match but Cesaire refused, stating that he already proved his dominance in their Last Man Standing match. $oL were not concerned with The Shiz as their focus was going to be solely on the CFC Tag Team Classic. The Shiz was tasked with finding a suitable tag team partner if he were to participate and meet $oL in the tournament but, unfortunately, Darkside was not medically cleared to compete yet. Later that night, The Shiz teamed with rookie Tito, defeating fellow rookies, Jeff and Kenny Coleman in a Tag Team match. The Shiz and Tito then faced the winners of last year's CFC Tag Team Classic, The Suffering. There was some miscommunication on The Shiz's team, allowing The Suffering to pick up a dominant victory by hitting Tito with a Devouring Darkness. The Shiz and Tito lost to Jex Blackwell and Cyrus the following week after Cyrus finished Tito with the C-Drive.
CFC Tag Team Classic 2017
After losing two consecutive matches with Tito as his tag team partner, he opted to team with Darkside again, who was finally medically cleared to return to competition. In the second CFC Tag Team Classic qualifying match of the night, Darkside and The Shiz defeated Wesley Brooks and Ethan Young after Darkside delivered his Dead Orbit on Young. The Shiz and Darkside, now calling themselves The Flyboys, were able to defeat Bonesaw and Kroq in the quarterfinals after putting Bonesaw away with the Event Omega. The Shiz was granted an opportunity to redeem his one-sided loss by facing The Suffering in the semifinals. In a closely contested match, The Shiz was able to foil The Suffering's plan to finish, catching Freiherr by surprise with their own Pain Killer maneuver to advance to the tournament finals. With the $aints of Liberty having already advanced to the finals, The Shiz finally gets a crack at the CFC Champion and his former protege. The Flyboys faced the heavy favorites, $aints of Liberty, in a very physical bout with many close finishes. In the climax of the match, Cesaire was attempting an avalanche Dominator until The Shiz was able to jump in, where both men planted Cesaire into the canvas with an unexpected Spanish Fly to claim the 2017 CFC Tag Team Classic.
On Fight Night 112, The Flyboys began the show by celebrating their victory over the $aints of Liberty. The Shiz went on to claim that he has now earned his right to face Cesaire in a rematch. $oL confronted The Flyboys in the ring to finally grant The Shiz his rematch with his old ally in the main event. The Shiz faced Cesaire in a Singles match with the CFC Champion at ringside. Just as The Shiz was about to put Cesaire away with his Ride the Lightning, Qwik$ylver interfered and shoved The Shiz off of the top rope, disqualifying his own teammate. Darkside stormed the ring and fought off both men, causing them to retreat. The following week, The Flyboys faced The Suffering to prove which tournament winners were the best team. The Flyboys struggled to get their momentum going for most of the match but was eventually able to defeat The Suffering after an Event Omega on Tarasque. After the match, Qwik$ylver walked out onto the stage declaring, "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself..." before challenging the two men to a rematch of the CFC Tag Team Classic 2017 finals. At Fight Night 114, $oL faced The Flyboys for a second time in a high-intensity bout, as both sides pulled no punches. Not long after The Shiz delivered his Ride the Lightning to Cesaire through the announcer's table, Darkside was able to catch Qwik$ylver off-guard with a corkscrew moonsault body press for the win.
CFC Championship Pursuit
With The Flyboys having defeated the $aints of Liberty twice and Darkside being the first person to pin Qwik$ylver since he became champion, Darkside was granted a title opportunity. The Shiz would finally look to bury the hatchet with Cesaire, facing him in a Blood Is Thicker Than Wood (IV) Tables match, prior to Darkside's championship bout. The Shiz was able to bloody his opponent fairly early into the match but every attempt to put Cesaire through a table was reversed with The Shiz being put through instead. Cesaire was eventually able to batter The Shiz to a bloody pulp before delivering a Dominator onto a table, however, the table did not break so the match continued. In the closing moments, Cesaire was preparing to deliver The Shiz's own Ride the Lightning to him while positioned on a table, but The Shiz sprang to life and hit a Facemelter on Cesaire, knocking him off the top rope and through two tables for the victory. Later in the main event, The Shiz's tag team partner, Darkside, faced Qwik$ylver one-on-one for his CFC Championship. In the closing moments of the match, Darkside was in firm control but was forced to fend off Kenny and Jeff Coleman, Aiden Galloway, and Eddie Bloom, who were all attempting to aid the champion. After disposing of the reinforcements, Darkside hit his corkscrew moonsault body press on Qwik$ylver but was countered into the $ylver Lining to end the match. The following week, The Shiz campaigned for a rematch as there should not have been anyone at ringside to distract Darkside during the match. Qwik$ylver walked out onto the stage, along with his entourage, introducing them collectively as the $aints of Liberty. He then made a counter offer, proposing to put his title on the line against Darkside again but this time in a Lumberjack match, which was accepted. The lumberjacks consisted of mainly $oL members, as The Shiz was only able to convince Adam Harris and Deak Dagen to participate. After repeated interferences by $oL, Qwik$ylver was able to retain after a $ylver Lining followed by his Qurb $tomp.
Refusing to accept Quik$ylver as the champion, The Shiz issued a challenge for the belt, which was initially denied until The Shiz mentioned how he temporarily put Cesaire out of commission. Quick$ylver would only grant the title shot if can defeat four of "his guys" in succession. The Shiz was able to handily defeat Jeff Coleman, Aiden Galloway, Kenny Coleman, and Eddie Bloom back-to-back, then Qwik$ylver decided to send one more as a bonus, The Shiz's former tag team partner Tito. Tito didn't last long, tapping out to the Scorpion Deathlock and granting The Shiz a well-deserved future title shot. At Fight Night 118, The Shiz informed the crowd in attendance that there will be a contract signing later in the night since he does not believe a word that the champion says. Throughout the night, various attacks were randomly carried out by different $oL members, attempting to keep The Shiz from attending the contract signing but The Flyboys were able to fend off each attack. On their way out to meet Qwik$ylver in the ring, the champion's right-hand man, Alexander Riggs, tried to rout The Flyboys as a last resort but ultimately received a Facemelter from The Shiz. Impressed by their courage and tenacity, Qwik$ylver applauded them. After The Shiz signed the contract, Qwik$ylver told him, "When we meet in two weeks, I will prove I'm better WITHOUT any interferences." In a non-title match, Qwik$ylver was able to beat Darkside with The Shiz in his corner by using a schoolboy pin and holding onto the ropes. In the main event of Fight Night 120, The Shiz challenged Qwik$ylver for the CFC Championship. Looking to end the match in disqualification, Qwi$ylver went to use The Shiz's own guitar on him but The Shiz ducked underneath and attempted the champion's $ylver Lining manuever on him. Qwik$ylver eventually fought out of it and landed the $ylver Lining onto the guitar to retain the belt. As the champion was celebrating up the ramp, a masked man attacked the unconscious Shiz in the center of the ring, picking him up off of the canvas and slam him down with a standing fireman's carry takeover. The masked man then focused his attention to Qwik$ylver, nodding in his direction.
Cleveland City Council
In early 2011, Sloan and a close friend formed an alternative metal band, Cleveland City Council (commonly abbreviated to CCC). Sloan performs bass and backing vocals for the band. On June 14, 2011 the band released their first commercial production, the self-titled EP Cleveland City Council. CCC first became popular through promotion and exposure through Jon Sloan's professional wrestling career. They became known for their distinct musical styles long before their first studio-length album was released, and were popularized on social networking and music sites. The EP has sold an estimated 62,000 copies.
CCC was signed to Capitol Records in November and toured the United States for the second time. That following spring, they released The Grey EP. At first it was intended to be a free sampler, but Capitol Records would not allow this and instead released it as an EP. It contained demo versions of songs later recorded on their first full length album.
On August 17, 2012, CCC released It Is Worth The Price, the album which launched them into mainstream recognition. They began a year-long tour for the album soon after its release, during which the band gained a large cult following. It Is Worth The Price was met with generally positive reviews, having sold 64,700 copies in its first three weeks and peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, making it Cleveland City Council's only charted album at the time. By the end of 2013, the album had been certified gold by the RIAA.
In an interview, Jon Sloan spoke about the band's progress on writing and recording their second full-length album. CCC confirmed in October 2013 that they were aiming for an early 2014 release for the new album, while Sloan stated that the upcoming record is "a lot more mature-sounding, it's a lot more classic. It'll stand the test of time [more] than both the previous things we've done". Life to Lifeless was released January 2014 with a free track download being released on the band's website and as part of a Twitter promotion. CCC announced the start their US tour in support of Life to Lifeless, beginning on March 21. On April 26, the band played a secret show in London to celebrate the release of the album. This was their only UK headline show until the end of the year.
Despite initial success, Life to Lifeless did not match the sales of the It Is Worth The Price album and its release consequently led to tension within the band. Interviews with CCC band members suggested that by late December or early January, the band sporadically began to write and record new material. In February 2015, Jon Sloan mentioned in an interview that there is "no 'next' CCC album" adding, "We started working on one, and it got canned." On July 15, 2015 the band announced their break-up on their official website. Sloan later issued a public statement, "We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure."
- Cleveland City Council (2011)
- The Grey (2012)
- It Is Worth The Price (2012)
- Life to Lifeless (2014)
The heavy metal band was formed in November 2015 in Chicago, Illinois by Jon Sloan after he and his previous bandmembers decided to go their separate ways, citing creative differences. Sloan being the front man and centerpiece of the band was a natural fit as he is the most experienced and well-known member. Before the release of their debut album, Death Beetel had recorded two demos, titled Countdown and Lethal Injection.
In an interview with Jon Sloan, he commented that "Everyone I've played with wants to make music their lives...Death Beetel is a band on a completely different level. All these guys are freaks about music."
Phantom, the band's first studio album and major label debut, was released on March 7, 2016 and charted at No.30 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling over 30,000 copies in its initial week of release. The album also went on to become number one on Top Hard Rock Albums, number 4 on Top Heatseekers, and number 15 on Digital Albums. Thanks to a positive word-of-mouth, Phantom's popularity grew immensely, with physical and digital sales nearly doubling over the course of three months. Death Beetel went on their very first tour of the U.S. from April to June 2016. The band officially announced a UK tour for January 2017 with Disturbed and In Flames. Death Beetel also announced their participation in an European Tour from February to March 2017 alongside Avenged Sevenfold, who will be headlining.
- Phantom (2016)
Sloan was rumored to have been deeply involved personally with former TWE Diva, Shelly Martinez, better known by her ring name Ariel. On many occasions, both parties had repeatedly denied any such relationship, albeit, with reluctance.
He was later in a relationship with TWE Diva, Isabella Lynn Hunter. For reasons unspecified by either, the relationship was short lived and quickly deteriorated not long after both of their releases from the company.
During his tenure with Projekt Mayhem, it was reported that Sloan had been involved in an altercation backstage with Justice, the real life wife of tag team partner, Bucky Skyler. They were known to have their differences prior to the dispute. Witnesses stated Justice’s attack derived from his unwarranted use of her most precious commodity, Louie, her baseball bat embedded with glass, wrapped in barbed wire, in a match against Hardcore Hendrick. Sloan received a black eye from the incident. Bucky Skyler and Sloan remain friends but Justice still resents him till this very day.
Sloan has adopted a real-life following of the straight edge movement after feuding with former professional wrestler, CM Punk, whom he met while the two of them were working in Total Wrestling Entertainment.
- As The Shiz / JayDee
- Facemelter / Guitar shot — 2015-Present
- Lockdown (Standing Boston crab), often transitioning into
- Ride the Lightning / Stage Dive (Diving splash with theatrics) — 2013-Present
- DET – Don't Even Try (Swinging inverted DDT) — 2013-2016
- Fatal Affliction (Elevated cutter or occasionally a traditional cutter) — 2008-2012
- As Jon 'The Standard' Sloan
- In World Wrestling Alliance
- As The Shiz / JayDee
- Back-to-Backbreaker (Inverted headlock backbreaker)
- Center of Attention (Spinning heel kick to the back of the head) — adopted from Rick Majors
- Excessive Force (Snap single underhook front facelock drop)
- Three Amigos (Triple rolling vertical suplexes) — used as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero
- Back body drop
- Bridging German suplex
- Double leg slam
- Dropkick, sometimes from the top rope
- Hammerlock twisted into a short-range lariat
- Knifed edge chop
- Multiple submission variations
- Over the top rope suicide dive
- Seated three-quarter facelock jawbreaker
- Side slam
- Sitout facebuster
- Springboard dropkick to opponent on the ring apron
- Stands on the shoulders of an opponent draped on the middle rope
- Stinger splash
- As Jon 'The Standard' Sloan
- Big Ben Theory (540 kick)
- Callaway Cutter (Elevated cutter)
- Foxx Trot (Running shoulder thrust/spear through the ropes to opponent on apron)
- Falling neckbreaker
- Figure four leglock
- Lou Thesz press
- Pendulum backbreaker
- Pumphandle slam
- Scoop powerslam
- Second rope pointed elbow drop
- Side Russian legsweep
- Snap suplex
- In World Wrestling Alliance
- Double team finishing maneuvers
With Joe Cesaire
- Double team finishing maneuvers
- Double team finishing maneuvers
- Dark Carnival (Springboard somersault (Equinox) aided kneeling reverse piledriver (Shiz))
- Sonic Highway (Superkick (Equinox) / Release German suplex (Shiz) combination followed by a running front dropkick from Equinox sending opponent into turnbuckles followed by a Stinger splash from Shiz finished with a 540 kick from Equinox)
- Joe 'Bear' Cesaire / Ralyks / Hulk (CFC, TWE, EHWF)
- 'The Fatal Attraction' Kelly Rien (NLCW)
- 'Taskmaster' Eddie Trask (as a member of AUF)
- Sky Captain (as a member of The Flyboys)
- The Guitar Hero
- Captain Courageous
- Standard Bearer
- The Standard
- The New Standard
- America's Most Hated
- Face Everything and Rise by Papa Roach (CFC)
- My Demons by Starset (TWE) theme for Echelon
- Hail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold (CFC, TWE)
- Wasting Time by RED (EHWF, TWE)
- All Nightmare Long (Shiz mix) by Metallica (TWE, WCF)
- Modest by Peroxwhy?gen (NLCW, APWC, TWE)
- Put You on Game by Lupe Fiasco (NLCW)
- Paralyzer by Finger Eleven (TWE, NLCW, WWA, WWH)
- Voices by Saosin (OVW)
- Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie (NLCW)
- Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva (WWA) theme for AUF
- Tear Away by Drowning Pool (WWA)
Championships and accomplishments
Calamity Fight Club
- CFC Tag Team Classic 2017 with Darkside
- CFC Tag Team Classic 2016 Finalist with Adam Harris
- CFC Championship Grand Prix Finalist (2016)
No Limits Championship Wrestling
- NLCW North American Championship (1 time, first ever)
- Faction of the Year Plexie Award (2008) with Projekt Mayhem
- NLCW American Championship (1 time)
- NLCW Television Championship (1 time)
- NLCW Cruiserweight Championship (Self-proclaimed, 1 time)
Online Virtual Wrestling
- OVW Intercontinental Championship (1 time, last ever)
- TWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- January Superstar of the Month (2015) with Blackout
- TWE Championship (1 time, first ever)
- June Superstar of the Month (2009)
- TWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)
- TWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time, first ever)
- Number 1 in first ever Power 20 rankings
- December Superstar of the Month (2007)
- November Superstar of the Month (2007)
World Wrestling Alliance
- WWA European Championship (1 time)