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Lars Sullivan
Lars Sullivan NXT TakeOver New Orleans.jpg
Sullivan in April 2018
Birth nameDylan Miley
Born (1988-07-06) July 6, 1988 (age 30)
Westminster, Colorado, United States
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dylan Miley
Lars Sullivan[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight330 lb (150 kg)[2]
Billed fromThe Rocky Mountains[2]
Trained byBobby Lashley
WWE Performance Center
DebutOctober 2014

Dylan Miley (born July 6, 1988) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Lars Sullivan. He signed with WWE in 2013 and underwent training at the WWE Performance Center. He would eventually make his television debut in April 2017 on NXT. He challenged for multiple NXT titles but did not win any during his time on the brand. Vignettes started airing in late 2018 promoting his debut on the main roster. However, his debut was delayed due to him reportedly suffering from an anxiety attack the week he was supposed to debut. In April 2019, he made his surprise debut attacking WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. The following weeks he continued attacking various veterans of WWE including R-Truth and The Hardy Boyz. He would be drafted to the SmackDown brand in the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up. Miley apologized in 2019 for making "inappropriate remarks" in online forum posts from 2007 to 2013.

Professional wrestling career

WWE

Training (2013–2017)

According to posts made on a bodybuilding message board by Miley, he signed with WWE in August 2013.[3]and his signing was first confirmed two months later.[4] He initially trained under Bobby Lashley, who recommended him to WWE.[5] He was noted as having reported to the WWE Performance Center by October 2014, and made his professional wrestling debut in a showcase match at WrestleMania Axxess prior to WrestleMania 31 in March 2015, defeating Marcus Louis.[6] He then made sporadic appearances at NXT live events over the following two years.

NXT (2017–2018)

Miley made his television debut on the April 12, 2017 episode of NXT, teaming with Michael Blais in a loss to DIY. Following the match, Miley attacked Blais.[7] In May 2017, he adopted the ring name Lars Sullivan. After several similar tag team appearances which resulted in him attacking his partner, Sullivan made his first appearance as a singles performer on the August 23 episode of NXT, attacking No Way Jose before a scheduled match.[8] His first televised singles match and victory took place on the September 6 episode of NXT, defeating three men in a three-on-one handicap match.[9]

Following weeks of squash matches, Kassius Ohno asked General Manager William Regal for a match against Sullivan at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on November 18,[10] which Sullivan won.[11] In December, Sullivan was involved in a tournament to determine NXT Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas' opponent for NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia. On the December 20 episode of NXT, Sullivan defeated Roderick Strong to advance to the tournament finals.[12] The following week, he was unsuccessful in a number one contenders fatal four-way match also involving Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano and Killian Dain.[13] At the NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on April 7, 2018, Sullivan took part in a six-man ladder match for the NXT North American Championship, which was won by Adam Cole.[14] On the May 16 episode of NXT, Sullivan attacked both Ricochet and Velveteen Dream during their match.[15] The following week, he defeated both men in a handicap match.[16] On the May 30 episode of NXT, Sullivan revealed that he would challenge NXT Champion Aleister Black for his championship at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II.[17] He was unsuccessful in his challenge. It also marked his first loss via pinfall in NXT.[18]

Main roster (2018–present)

On November 18, during the Survivor Series preshow, vignettes aired for Sullivan's main roster debut.[19] Throughout the next several weeks, vignettes aired on both Raw and SmackDown to hype Sullivan's debut, with the commentators remarking that both brands were attempting to sign Sullivan. Sullivan was scheduled to appear on the January 14, 2019 episode of Raw, alongside other NXT wrestlers but reportedly walked out during the program, citing an anxiety attack.[20]

Sullivan eventually debuted on the main roster on the April 8 episode of Raw by attacking Kurt Angle, who had retired the previous night. WWE pushed him as a monster heel, attacking several high profile wrestlers like The Hardy Boyz or Rey Mysterio among others.[21] On April 16, he became part of the SmackDown brand during the Superstar Shake-up.[22] He started a storyline with the three members of Lucha House Party. At Super ShowDown.[23] Sullivan competed in. 3-on-1 Handicap match, which he won by disqualification. On the June 10 episode of Raw, Sullivan defeated the Lucha House Party in a 3-on-1 Handicap elimination match.

Personal life

Miley was accused of running two accounts on the Bodybuilding.com forum, Disenfranchised and ElPerfecto, posting between 2007 to 2013. Both forum accounts had profiles including pictures of Miley, who had only signed with WWE in 2013. Sports Illustrated, reporting in May 2019, described the accounts as having produced a "slew of racist, sexist, homophobic and otherwise offensive posts", including towards WWE employees, while Paste magazine wrote that month that the posts showed "a long history of repeated behavior", and additionally noted that some posts had insulted foreigners and people with mental illnesses. In response, Miley released a statement in 2019: "There is no excuse for the inappropriate remarks that I made years ago. They do not reflect my personal beliefs nor who I am today, and I apologize to anyone I offended."[24][25] On May 13, it was revealed that he would be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training in response to the comments.[26]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ J.J. Williams (May 7, 2017). "NXT St. Petersburg, FL, live results: Dylan Miley gets a new name". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Lars Sullivan". WWE. 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Lars Sullivan Could Be In Big Trouble Over Comments He Made Online Before Joining WWE". pwpix. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Martin, Adam (October 3, 2013). "Details on some new WWE developmental signings". Wrestleview. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "What to know about Lars Sullivan, WWE's big brute". SI.com. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "WWE WrestleMania Axxess 2015". CAGEMATCH. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "4/12 Moore's NXT TV Review: Shinsuke Nakamura's farewell address, Drew McIntyre vs. Oney Lorcan, Ruby Riot vs. Kimber Lee, Aleister Black vs. Corey Hollis - Pro Wrestling Dot Net". April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Lars Sullivan destroyed No Way Jose". WWE.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Witner, Arya (September 6, 2017). "WWE NXT results: Asuka says goodbye to NXT". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kassius Ohno looks to knock out the monstrous Lars Sullivan".
  11. ^ "Kassius Ohno runs into a Freak Accident at WarGames".
  12. ^ "Lars Sullivan def. Roderick Strong in a No. 1 Contender's Tournament Match". WWE.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Johnny Gargano def. Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain in a No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way Match". WWE.com. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Adam Cole def. EC3, The Velveteen Dream, Lars Sullivan, Killian Dain and Ricochet to become the first-ever NXT North American Champion". WWE.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream ended in a No Contest when Lars Sullivan attacked both Superstars". WWE.com. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Lars Sullivan def. Ricochet & Velveteen Dream in a Handicap Match". WWE.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lars Sullivan caused a Freak Accident for NXT Champion Aleister Black weeks before they do battle at TakeOver: Chicago". WWE.com. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Pappolla, Ryan. "NXT Champion Aleister Black def. Lars Sullivan". WWE.com. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  19. ^ McClead, Michael. "NXT Star Headed To WWE Main Roster". Wrestlezone. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  20. ^ https://www.pwinsider.com/article/123248/wwe-callups-lars-sullivan-wwf-superstars-coming-to-wwe-network-kevin-owens-booker-t-and-more.html?p=1
  21. ^ Powell, Jason (April 23, 2019). "4/23 WWE Smackdown Live results: Powell's review of Kofi Kingston vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair meet face to face for the first time since WrestleMania 35, fallout from Roman Reigns punching Vince McMahon and the Superstar Shakeup". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  22. ^ Barnett, Jake (April 16, 2019). "4/16 WWE Smackdown Live Results: Barnett's review of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shakeup Night Two with Vince McMahon introducing the brand's biggest acquisition, Paige introduces her new tag team". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  23. ^ https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/780045/wwe-lars-sullivan-money-in-the-bank-racist-forum-fire-lucha-house-party-kalisto-reddit
  24. ^ Gartland, Dan. "Lars Sullivan Apologizes for History of Racist, Sexist and Homophobic Remarks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  25. ^ Martin, Garrett. "Updated: WWE Wrestler Lars Sullivan Acknowledges History of Racist, Misogynistic and Homophobic Online Comments". Paste. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  26. ^ https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/wwe-fines-lars-sullivan-100000-controversial-remarks
  27. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2018". cagematch.net. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

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