Lucky Cannon

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Lucky Cannon
JohnnyPrime1.jpg
Birth name Jonathan David Emminger
Born New Iberia, Louisiana[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jason Cannon[1]
Johnny Prime[1]
Jon Emminger[1]
Lucky Cannon[1][2]
Johnny Emminger
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 244 lb (111 kg)[2]
256 lb (116 kg)[4]
Billed from New Port Richey, Florida[2]
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling
Debut 2008

Jonathan David Emminger[1] is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names Johnny Prime and Lucky Cannon. He is best known for his appearances for WWE, where he performed on the second and fifth seasons of NXT, while also working in the promotion's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he held the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.

Early life[edit]

Emminger played football as a quarterback in college, and later played in the Arena Football League.[1] He also played for the St. Louis Rams.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2008–2011)[edit]

In 2008, Emminger signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), the company's developmental territory.[1] On July 12, 2008, Emminger began wrestling as "Johnny Prime", and teamed with Lupe Martinez in a loss to Sinn Bowdee and Jack Gabriel.[5] He wrestled mainly in tag team matches, and met with some success the following month, when he teamed with Kafu to defeat Jack Gabriel and Ian Richardson, and with Imani Lee to defeated Tyrone Jones and Vic Adams.[6][7] He also competed in mixed tag team matches, teaming up with Tiffany to gain a victory at the expense of Stu Bennett and Alicia Fox in September.[8] He then forayed into singles match, competing against Caleb O'Neil, TJ Wilson, Gavin Spears, and Mike Kruel.[9][10][11][12] In late 2008, he entered a feud with Byron Saxton and his stable, the Saxton Conglomerate, and faced the members of the Conglomerate in several matches.[13][14][15] During the course of this feud Kaleb O'Neal began teaming with Prime in order to help him out, however, O'Neal later turned on Prime and joined the Conglomerate.[16][17]

In early 2009, Prime entered into several one-off tag teams. He teamed with Scotty Goldman to defeat Kaleb O'Neal and Lawrence Knight, and with Joe Hennig to defeat The Dudebusters (Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft).[18][19] In March, April, and May, he feuded with Alex Riley, losing to him in a singles match at the March 13 television tapings.[20] He gained a measure of revenge on March 26, when he teamed with Johnny Curtis and Tyler Reks to defeat Riley, Mr. Tarver and Ian Richardson in a six-man tag team match.[21] The following month, in an eight man tag team match, Prime, Ricky Ortiz, Eric Escobar and Sheamus O'Shaunessy defeated Riley, Justin Angel, Drew McIntyre and D.H. Smith.[22] The feud also expanded to include Riley's valet, Beverly, with Prime teaming up with Angela to defeat Riley and Beverly.[23] To end the feud, Prime teamed with Tyler Reks and Sheamus O'Shaunessy to beat Riley, McIntyre, and Lance Hoyt.[24] For the remainder of the year, Prime competed sporadically, wrestling against Drew McIntyre, Vance Archer, Curt Hawkins, and Gabriel.[25][26][27][28] He also lost a triple threat match, also involving Joe Hennig and Johnny Curtis, when Curtis pinned him.[29]

At the beginning of 2010, Prime was still only competing sporadically, but defeated Joe Doering at the February 25 television tapings.[30] At the next television taping in March however, he lost to Doering, who had been renamed Drake Brewer.[31] On February 3, 2011, in a match made by General Manager and Cannon's new associate Maxine and with help from special guest referee Brett DiBiase, Cannon defeated Bo Rotundo to win the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship, just moments after Rotundo had defeated Mason Ryan for the championship.[32] Cannon's and Maxine's group was later joined by Aksana and Damien Sandow.[33] Cannon lost the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship back to Rotundo on May 19.[34]

NXT (2010–2011)[edit]

On June 1, 2010, it was announced that Emminger would be participating in the second season of NXT, under the name "Lucky Cannon", with Mark Henry as his mentor.[35][36] He made his in-ring debut on the June 15 episode, teaming with Henry in a loss to Michael McGillicutty and Kofi Kingston. Following the match, another WWE Pro Cody Rhodes insulted Cannon, leading to the former accepting a challenge match against the latter for the following week.[37] On the June 22 episode of NXT, Cannon lost a five-minute challenge match to Rhodes, being pinned after approximately four minutes.[38] The following week, Cannon won the keg carry challenge, earning immunity from elimination. Later that night, Cannon teamed with McGillicutty and Kaval against Alex Riley, Eli Cottonwood and Titus O'Neil, which his team won when Kaval pinned Riley, giving Cannon his first win on NXT, and he was ranked fifth on the NXT poll.[39] He retained his fifth place ranking in the next poll on July 27.[40] On August 9 the rookies appeared in a six-man tag team match on Raw, in which Cannon teamed with Kaval and Percy Watson in a loss to McGillicutty, Husky Harris and Alex Riley.[41] The next night on NXT, Cannon's team won a rematch. Later that night, Cannon was eliminated from the competition when his ranking slipped to sixth.[42] Cannon returned for the season finale of NXT on August 31, where he and the other eliminated rookies attacked the winner Kaval.[43]

In March 2011, Cannon was selected as one of the six former NXT contestants to return to the show in its fifth season, and he received Tyson Kidd as his new Pro.[44] During this season of NXT, Cannon had changed his character to that of a flamboyant and arrogant villain; instead of participating in the challenges to earn points, Cannon turned his attentions to wooing Maryse, NXT's co-host, causing a feud between himself and Yoshi Tatsu, who was also vying for Maryse's affections.[45][46][47] Cannon managed to get Maryse's acceptance after he bought her a purse.[48][49] On the June 14 episode of NXT, Cannon was eliminated from the competition, and Maryse heaped further misery by dumping Cannon after she realised that the purse he bought for her was a fake.[50][51]

On August 8, 2011, Emminger was released from his WWE contract.[52]

Independent circuit (2011-present)[edit]

On October 14, 2011, Emminger made his first wrestling appearance following his release from WWE, as he wrestled under the ring name Johnny Emminger and faced Florida Underground Wrestling (FUW) Heavyweight Champion Bruce Santee in a title match. However, Emminger was unsuccessful in winning the title due to being disqualified.[53]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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