Jason Jordan

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Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan 2015.jpg
Jordan in March 2015
Birth name Nathan Everhart
Born (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 (age 29)
Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States
Alma mater Indiana University
Spouse(s)
April Everhart (m. 2017)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jason Jordan[1]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)[2]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois[2]
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling
WWE Performance Center
Debut September 30, 2011

Nathan Everhart[1] (born September 28, 1988)[1] is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Jason Jordan. As of February 2018, he is on hiatus due to a neck injury.

Everhart signed a WWE contract in 2011 and was sent to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), before debuting in NXT the following year. In 2015, he formed the tag team American Alpha with Chad Gable, with the duo capturing the NXT Tag Team Championships before being drafted to SmackDown and winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. In 2017, American Alpha disbanded when Jordan debuted on the Raw brand as the storyline son of Raw General Manager Kurt Angle. He is the first and, thus far, only man to win the Raw, SmackDown, and NXT Tag Team Championships. He also held the FCW Tag Team Championship before FCW became NXT.

Early life

Everhart was born in Tinley Park, Illinois. He said that he began amateur wrestling at seven years old because he thought it was the same as professional wrestling.[3] In high school, Everhart was a three-sport athlete, competing in wrestling, football and baseball. He attended Indiana University and competed for them in the Big Ten Conference. Everhart became a three-time national qualifier for NCAA at the Division I level.[citation needed]

While wrestling at Indiana University, Everhart was ranked top 15 in the nation for three years in a row and was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation at heavyweight. He was described as a unique and impressive athlete, weighing 225 pounds while competing at the 285 pound weight class. He used speed and agility to overcome his bigger opposition. In his senior year, Everhart was undefeated in the regular season going 35-0 and at one point was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation. During his fourth year of wrestling, he worked as a student coach at his university and helped two All-Americans at 197 lbs and a heavyweight.[3]

Everhart graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology with minors in chemistry, social science, and medicine. He put attending dental school on hold to pursue his dream of being a professional wrestler. Due to his legendary accolades at Indiana University, he had his face painted onto the wall of the campus' University Gymnasium in 2010.[citation needed]

Professional wrestling career

WWE

Developmental territories (2011–2015)

Everhart was scouted from college by WWE's road agent, Gerald Brisco. He was recruited to participate in a WWE tryout in 2010 and was subsequently offered a WWE contract, but he held off from signing it until finishing his college degree. In July 2011, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent to the developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he took the ring name Jason Jordan.

He trained and wrestled at FCW until the brand's closure the following year. His first professional wrestling match was at an FCW live event on September 30, where he teamed with Abraham Washington in a losing effort against Calvin Raines and Big E Langston. He made his televised debut on the November 13 episode of FCW TV, teaming with Colin Cassady and Mike Dalton in a losing effort against The Ascension. Jordan continued to make sporadic appearances in FCW until the brand was replaced by NXT in summer 2012. Prior to this, he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with CJ Parker at a live event on July 13, making him one half of the penultimate title-holders before the championship was deactivated.

Jordan made his televised NXT debut on the June 27, 2012 episode, losing quickly to Jinder Mahal. He continued to make further occasional appearances as a jobber throughout 2012 and 2013. In mid-2014, Jordan formed a team with Tye Dillinger, but the two found little success and split up while turning heel in early 2015.

American Alpha (2015–2017)

Jordan after winning the NXT Tag Team Championship at NXT TakeOver: Dallas in April 2016

In May 2015, Jordan began a storyline with Chad Gable in which Gable attempted to convince Jordan to form a new partnership. After nearly two months of coaxing, Jordan finally agreed to a match with Gable as his tag team partner. On the July 15 episode of NXT, Jordan and Gable were successful in their official debut together against the team of Elias Samson and Steve Cutler. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Jordan, who collectively teamed with Gable and The Mechanics (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) was defeated by the team of The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley) and Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady in a match that took place on the pre-show.

On September 2, Jordan and Gable competed in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, beating the team of Neville and Solomon Crowe. They then defeated The Hype Bros in the second round before falling to Baron Corbin and Rhyno in the semi-finals at NXT TakeOver: Respect. They turned face in the match by showing fighting spirit and resiliency against Corbin and Rhyno. Jordan and Gable defeated two pairs of former NXT Tag Team Champions, The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) and The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) on the November 18 and December 2 episodes of NXT, respectively.

On the January 27, 2016 episode of NXT, Gable and Jordan adopted the name "American Alpha" and defeated Blake and Murphy. At NXT TakeOver: Dallas, American Alpha defeated The Revival to win the NXT Tag Team Championship, but lost the tag team titles back to The Revival at NXT TakeOver: The End.

On July 18 during the 2016 WWE draft, Jordan was drafted along with Gable to SmackDown.[4] On the August 2 episode of SmackDown, Jordan and Gable made their debuts, defeating The Vaudevillains. On August 21 at the SummerSlam pre-show, American Alpha teamed with The Hype Bros and The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) to face The Vaudevillains, The Ascension and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) in a 12-man tag team match, where American Alpha's team was victorious. In August, American Alpha would compete in a tag team tournament for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, defeating Breezango in the first round to advance to the semi-finals where they faced The Usos. Despite defeating The Usos rather quickly on the September 6 SmackDown, Gable's knee was kayfabe injured during a post-match assault when The Usos attacked them, rendering American Alpha unable to compete at Backlash. On the November 1 SmackDown, American Alpha defeated The Spirit Squad to become part of Team SmackDown in the 10–on–10 traditional Survivor Series tag team elimination match. At Survivor Series, American Alpha would be eliminated in the match by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, where Team SmackDown would be defeated by Team Raw.

On the December 27 episode of SmackDown, American Alpha defeated The Wyatt Family to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a four-corner elimination match, also featuring The Usos, and Heath Slater and Rhyno.[5] At Elimination Chamber, American Alpha would successfully defend their titles against in a tag team turmoil match. On the March 21, 2017 episode of SmackDown, American Alpha lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships to The Usos, ending their reign at 84 days.[6]

American Alpha then seemed to quietly split up, as Gable began wrestling by himself, including getting a championship match with Kevin Owens on the June 20 episode of SmackDown, which he lost.[7]

Kurt Angle's son (2017–present)

On the July 17, 2017, episode of Raw, Jordan was revealed to be the kayfabe son of Raw general manager Kurt Angle, following Angle coming clean after a series of mystery text messages were sent to his work phone and to Corey Graves from the announce team. Jordan was moved to Raw, thus disbanding American Alpha.[8]

The following week on Raw, in his first match for the brand, Jordan would defeat Curt Hawkins.[9] On the July 31 episode of Raw, Jordan was a guest on Miz TV. After a verbal dispute, Jordan attacked The Miz, with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex into The Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas).[10] At SummerSlam during the kickoff show, Jordan would team with The Hardy Boyz, where they were defeated by The Miz and The Miztourage.[11] On the September 18 episode of Raw, Jordan would win a Six-Pack Challenge match to become number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz.[12] However, at No Mercy, Jordan was unsuccessful in capturing the title following outside interference from The Miztourage.[13]

On the November 6 episode of Raw, Jordan was named as the fifth member of Team Raw for Survivor Series, however, on the following weeks episode of Raw, Jordan would suffer a knee injury in a match against Bray Wyatt, thus being replaced in Team Raw by Triple H. On the December 4 episode of Raw, Jordan accepted an open challenge by Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship in a losing effort. Following the match, Jordan was attacked by Samoa Joe backstage. On the December 25 episode of Raw, Jordan teamed with Seth Rollins, replacing Rollin's injured tag partner Dean Ambrose, where they would defeat Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championship. This would make Jordan the first person in WWE to hold the Raw, SmackDown and NXT Tag Team Championships.

On the January 8, 2018, episode of Raw, Jordan interrupted Reigns during an in-ring promo before being confronted by Rollins. The three were challenged to a six-man tag team match by Finn Bálor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, which they lost. At Royal Rumble, Jordan and Rollins lost the Raw Tag Team Championship back to Cesaro and Sheamus. On the February 5 episode of Raw, after costing Rollins and Reigns a match for the Raw Tag Team Championship, Kurt Angle sent Jordan home. This was done to write Jordan off television as the next day WWE reported that Jordan underwent successful surgery to repair a neck injury.[14]

In other media

Jordan made his video game debut as a member of American Alpha in WWE 2K17 and also appeared in WWE 2K18 as a playable character.

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b c "Jason Jordan". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jason Jordan". WWE. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Saxton, Byron. "Will Jason Jordan cure his dilemma?". WWE. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2016 WWE Draft results: WWE officially ushers in New Era". WWE. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Parks, Greg. "12/27 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Ongoing, Real-Time Report, including three title matches, John Cena's return". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Keller, Wade. "KELLER'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 3/21: Shane reacts to Shane challenging him to a WrestleMania match, more hype for WrestleMania 33". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  7. ^ Keller, Wade (June 20, 2017). "KELLER'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 6/20: Fallout from Money in the Bank with Baron Corbin and the controversial Carmella win, Daniel Bryan returns". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ Keller, Wade (July 17, 2017). "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 7/17: Reigns vs. Joe to earn Universal Title shot at Summerslam, Angle mystery revealed". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ WWE (24 July 2017). "Jason Jordan vs. Curt Hawkins: Raw, July 24, 2017" – via YouTube. 
  10. ^ WWE (31 July 2017). ""Miz TV" with special guest Jason Jordan: Raw, July 31, 2017" – via YouTube. 
  11. ^ "WWE: Jason Jordan vs. Jean-Pierre Goulet: Raw, Aug. 7, 2017". YouTube. 7 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Miz shows No Mercy to his new challenger". 
  13. ^ "The #CityOfAngels was watching over @mikethemiz as #TheALister RETAINS his #ICTitle at #WWENoMercy! @JasonJordanJJ @WWENetwork #AndStillpic.twitter.com/pRfBq4mOZA". WWE. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  14. ^ "In midst of a big push, WWE star Jason Jordan out indefinitely after neck surgery for about a year". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  15. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "American Alpha def. NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival". WWE. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 
  17. ^ "WWE Raw Tag Team Championships". WWE. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 
  18. ^ "WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships". WWE. Retrieved July 31, 2018. 

External links

  • Jason Jordan on Twitter
  • Jason Jordan on WWE.com
  • Nathan Everhart on IMDb
  • Jason Jordan's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
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