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Johnny Jeter
Professional wrestler Johnny Jeter
Jeter in 2006
Birth name John Jeter[1][2]
Born (1981-12-14) December 14, 1981 (age 36)[2]
San Diego, California,
United States[2]
Residence Gilbert, AZ,
United States[3]
Spouse(s) Leslie Adams (m. 2015)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Conquistador Dos[1]
Jayden Jeter[4]
Johnny Jeter[2]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Billed weight 224 lb (102 kg)[2]
Trained by [[Nick Dinsmore][Danny Davis][Al Snow][Rip Rodgers][Lance Storm]][1][2]
Debut September 2001 [2]
Retired August 2008

John Jeter (born December 14, 1981) is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2006 as a member of The Spirit Squad, a stable of male cheerleaders.

Jeter moved to Louisville, KY in September 2001 to train in the beginner's class at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Jeter was trained by professional wrestler Nick Dinsmore before moving into OVW's advanced class with WWE's contracted talent. In April 2003, Jeter signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. While in OVW, Jeter wrestled as "The Thrillseeker" and garnered success as a singles wrestler after feuding with Chris Kanyon, Chris Jericho, and various OVW alumni. Jeter held various titles while at OVW including the OVW Heavyweight Championship and Southern Tag Team Title with Matt Cappotelli. In January 2006, Jeter and four other OVW alumni began appearing on WWE programming as The Spirit Squad. The stable won the World Tag Team Championship before disbanding in November 2006. Jeter wrestled as a solo wrestler with OVW, Raw, SmackDown, and ECW as Jayden Jeter before being retiring in August 2008.[3]

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2001-2003)

Jeter was trained by Nick Dinsmore and made his Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) debut in September 2001. In April 2003, Jeter signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and continued to wrestle in OVW, which was WWE's developmental territory, although he occasionally made appearances in dark matches for WWE.[5] In one of his earliest dark matches, Jeter teamed with Nova in a loss to Chuck Palumbo and Nunzio on the February 23, 2003 episode of Velocity. His pay-per-view debut was at the 2003 Vengeance event, when Jeter appeared as the masked Conquistador #2 in the APA's Barroom Brawl match.[1]

Prior to signing with WWE, Jeter moved from San Diego, CA to Louisville, KY to train at OVW. While training in the OVW beginner's class, Jeter lived in a basement and worked at a local Chili's restaurant as a server. After working a few OVW dark matches, Jeter was called up to the advanced class to train alongside the WWE contracted talent including Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton, Dave Bautista, Victoria, and others. As the only unsigned talent in OVW's advanced class, Jeter garnered success as a singles wrestler wrestling under Chris Jericho and Lance Storm's previous gimmick at Smokey Mountain Wrestling: "The Thrillseeker." Jeter caught the eye of OVW and WWE management after several successful feuds with Nick Dinsmore, Rob Conway, Kris Kanyon, Chris Jericho, Mark Magnus, and various other OVW alumni. In the summer of 2002, Jeter was invited to a WWE tryout camp in Cincinnati, OH but was not signed due to his size. It wasn't until April 2003 when Jeter signed his first WWE developmental contract. According to Jeter, it was his feud with Kris Kanyon that helped seal the deal. While at OVW, Jeter teamed with various WWE superstars including "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, Chris Benoit, Kane, BA Billy Gunn, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, and others.

In late 2004, Jeter formed a tag team with Matt Cappotelli known as The Thrillseekers. The Thrillseekers wrestled in several dark matches before both Raw and SmackDown, defeating the teams of Johnny Nitro and Chris Cage, and MNM.[1][2] On January 19, 2005, The Thrillseekers defeated MNM to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.[6] They successfully defended the championship against MNM and The Heart Throbs, before losing it to the Blond Bombers (Tank and Chad Toland) on April 6.[1][6]

On July 27, The Thrillseekers defeated MNM to become the number one contenders to the Tag Team Championship, in a match with the added stipulation that whoever gained the pin would receive a match for the OVW Heavyweight Championship. The Thrillseekers got simultaneous pins, but it was Jeter who received the championship match.[1] On August 3, Jeter defeated the OVW Heavyweight Champion, Brent Albright, to win the championship, after Ken Anderson and Daniel Puder interfered on his behalf.[1][7] After the match, Jeter turned into a heel (villainous character) by attacking Cappotelli, who had suffered an injury. In the following weeks, Jeter also attacked Albright, announcer Dean Hill, and official Danny Davis.[1][8][9]

Jeter quickly formed an alliance with Ken Anderson, who helped him retain the championship on several occasions. They later added Paul Burchill to the alliance as an enforcer.[1] After holding the OVW Heavyweight Championship for five months, Jeter lost it to Cappotelli in a two out of three falls match on November 9, 2005.[1][7] Jeter challenged Cappotelli on numerous occasions Cappotelli in an attempt to regain the championship, but was unsuccessful.[1]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2003-2008)

In OVW, he became a part of The Spirit Squad, a faction using the in-ring personas of male cheerleaders, using the name "Johnny".[1] On January 23, 2006, they had their WWE television debut as a group, appearing on Raw and helping Jonathan Coachman win a Royal Rumble qualifying match against Jerry Lawler by distracting Lawler and performing cheers for Coachman.[10] They later became a part of the ongoing scripted feud between WWE chairman Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels. The heel (villainous) McMahon brought in The Spirit Squad to attack Michaels on numerous occasions, including placing them in multiple handicap matches.[11][12]

They also wrestled in the tag team division and on Raw on April 3, The Spirit Squad won the World Tag Team Championship when Kenny and Mikey, with outside help from the other three members, defeated Kane and The Big Show.[13][14] After winning the championship, all five members of The Spirit Squad were recognized as the champions, allowing any combination of them to defend the championship.[1]

In May, McMahon signed another handicap match, with The Spirit Squad facing Michaels. The Spirit Squad instead attacked Michaels before the match started, and Triple H came out to help The Spirit Squad. Triple H felt disrespected by The Spirit Squad however, and as a result, helped Michaels instead.[15] This led to Triple H and Michaels reforming D-Generation X (DX) and they began a feud with The Spirit Squad.[16][17] DX played various sophomoric jokes on The Spirit Squad and the McMahons, as well as defeating The Spirit Squad in handicap tag team matches at Vengeance and a clean sweep in an elimination handicap match at Saturday Night's Main Event.[17][18][19]

At the same time as their feud with DX and their alignment with McMahon, The Spirit Squad also wrestled other teams in Raw's tag division over their World Tag Team Championship, successfully defending the championship against the teams of Jim Duggan and Eugene, Charlie Haas and Viscera, and Snitsky and Val Venis.[20] They then entered a lengthy feud with The Highlanders, whom they eventually defeated to retain the championship at the Unforgiven pay-per-view in September.[21][22] The Spirit Squad as a whole later began a losing streak with Johnny, Mikey, and Mitch losing singles matches to Ric Flair on consecutive episodes of Raw.[23][24][25] After two consecutive losses to the debuting Cryme Tyme, Kenny announced that he was going to defeat Flair, and was successful with the help of the other members.[26][27] It was then announced that Flair and a legend, selected by interactive voting, would wrestle the team for the World Tag Team Championship at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view in early November.[27] The fans chose Roddy Piper, and he and Flair defeated Kenny and Mikey to win the championship.[28]

The group disbanded on the November 27, 2006 episode of Raw, when they were defeated in a five-on-three handicap match by DX and Ric Flair. In a backstage segment later that night, DX placed all members into a crate stamped "OVW, Louisville, Kentucky", a reference to the developmental territory from where The Spirit Squad had come.[29]

Following the breakup of The Spirit Squad, Johnny became the second member of the team to return to the main roster when he appeared during a 30-man battle royal on the December 18, 2006 episode of Raw, wearing new wrestling attire.[5][30]

In August 2007, Jeter began making appearances in dark matches prior to Raw and SmackDown!.[2] He also wrestled at ECW live events.[2] Beginning with the October 17, 2007 live event in Manchester, United Kingdom, Jeter changed his ring name to "Jayden Jeter".[4]

Retirement (2008)

When not touring with WWE, Jeter wrestled at OVW to help get over younger talent. On February 14, 2007, Jeter defeated Deuce in a dark match prior to the television tapings.[31] He competed in several dark matches before the OVW television tapings over the next several months, wrestling people including Domino, Cody Runnels, and Shawn Spears.[2] In May 2007, Jeter challenged Shawn Spears for the OVW Television Championship, but was unsuccessful.[32] In June, he formed a team with Seth Skyfire, before returning to competing in the singles division.[2] He challenged Paul Burchill for the OVW Heavyweight Championship in mid-2008, but was unsuccessful.[33]

For undisclosed personal reasons, Jeter asked for his release from WWE in August 2008.[2][5] Following retirement, Jeter went back to college to study accounting at California State University, Northridge. Johnny has since earned his Bachelor of Science in Professional Accountancy and works in Internal Audit. accountant.[2][3]

Chikara (2014)

On August 21, 2014, the Chikara promotion announced that Jeter, under his Spirit Squad character, would be taking part in the 2014 King of Trios tournament, where he would team with Kenny and Mikey.[34] After a win over Sinn Bodhi and the Odditorium (Qefka the Quiet and Sir Oliver Grimsly) on September 19, the Spirit Squad was eliminated from the tournament in the second round on September 20 by the Golden Trio (Dasher Hatfield, Icarus and Mark Angelosetti).[35]

Personal life

Following retirement, Jeter went on to earn his B.S. of Accountancy from California State University, Northridge. Since then, he has worked as an Accountant/IT Auditor with Deloitte and Touche LLP and The Carlisle Companies Inc. In 2017, Jeter purchased a home in Gilbert, AZ where he currently lives with his wife Leslie. On November 14, 2016, Jeter joined a class action lawsuit with 60+ wrestlers against WWE, litigated by Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against them. The lawsuit claims that professional wrestling has, or could potentially lead to CTE, post concussion syndrome, and/or neurological issues as similar to other high impact sports (NFL).

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

1Johnny defended the championship with either Kenny, Mitch, Nicky or Mikey under the Freebird Rule.


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