Lars Sullivan

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Lars Sullivan
Lars Sullivan NXT TakeOver New Orleans.jpg
Sullivan in April 2018
Birth nameDylan Miley
Born(1987-07-06)July 6, 1987
Westminster, Colorado, U.S.
ResidenceCleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dylan Miley
Lars Sullivan
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Billed weight303 lb (137 kg)[1]
Billed fromRocky Mountains[1]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutMarch 29, 2015
RetiredApril 11, 2021

Dylan Miley (born July 6, 1987) is an American former professional wrestler best known for his time in WWE under the ring name Lars Sullivan. He joined WWE in 2013 and spent several years training at the WWE Performance Center before making his debut on the NXT brand in April 2017. He made his main roster debut on Raw in April 2019, before being moved to SmackDown later that month. Following a tenure plagued by injuries, mental issues, and the resurfacing of his past controversies, he requested and was granted his release from WWE in 2021.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE (2013–2021)[edit]

Miley was reported to the WWE Performance Center by October 2014. He wrestled his first recorded match on March 29, 2015, defeating Marcus Louis in a showcase match at WrestleMania Axxess.[2] He then made sporadic appearances at NXT live events over the following two years. Miley made his television debut on the April 12, 2017 episode of NXT under his real name, teaming with Michael Blais in a loss to DIY. Following the match, Miley attacked Blais.[3] In May 2017, he adopted the ring name Lars Sullivan.[4]

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.[5] His first televised singles match and victory took place on the September 6 episode of NXT, defeating three jobbers in a three-on-one handicap match.[6] Following weeks of squash matches, Sullivan defeated Kassius Ohno at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on November 18, 2017.[7] In December, he competed in a tournament to determine NXT Champion Andrade Cien Almas' opponent for NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia that was won by Johnny Gargano.[8] At 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.[9] Sullivan wrestled his final televised NXT match on June 16, 2018 at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II, unsuccessfully challenging NXT Champion Aleister Black; the loss marked his first pinfall defeat in NXT.[10]

In November 2018, vignettes began airing for Sullivan's main roster debut on both Raw and SmackDown.[11] He was scheduled to appear on Raw on January 14, 2019, but reportedly walked out due to an anxiety attack.[12] On the April 8 episode of Raw, Sullivan made his debut by attacking Kurt Angle, who had retired at WrestleMania 35 the previous night.[13] Pushed as a monstrous villain by WWE, he went on to attack high-profile wrestlers such as Rey Mysterio and The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy).[14] As part of the Superstar Shake-up on April 16, he moved to the SmackDown brand.[15] He began feuding with Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado), defeating them via disqualification in a three-on-one handicap match at Super ShowDown.[16] During a rematch with Lucha House Party on the June 10 episode of Raw, he sustained a severe knee injury with a predicted recovery time of six to nine months.[17]

Sullivan returned on the October 9, 2020 episode of SmackDown, attacking Jeff Hardy, Matt Riddle, and The Miz.[18] On the October 23 episode of SmackDown, he defeated Shorty G in what would be Sullivan's final match in WWE.[19] In January 2021, Miley was quietly released from his WWE contract after being removed from programming.[20][21][22] It was revealed by Miley that he had asked for his release after informing WWE that he was done with pro wrestling due to his ongoing anxiety issues.[23] In an interview conducted with Fightful on February 3, 2021, Miley stated that he is "likely done" with professional wrestling.[24]

Controversies[edit]

In May 2019, it was revealed that Miley had used multiple accounts on the Bodybuilding.com forum to write what Sports Illustrated described as "a slew of racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise offensive posts" between 2007 and 2013. Some of the posts were directed towards WWE employees and were written after Miley had joined WWE. Paste wrote that the posts showed "a long history of repeated behavior" and noted that some of them had insulted foreigners and the mentally ill. In response to the accusations, Miley stated, "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."[25][26] He was fined $100,000 by WWE and required to complete sensitivity training.[27]

In December 2019, it was revealed that Miley had performed in homosexual pornographic films under the name Mitch Bennett years earlier.[28][29]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "WWE WrestleMania Axxess 2015". Cagematch.net. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Moore, John (April 12, 2017). "4/12 Moore's NXT TV Review". ProWrestling.net.
  4. ^ Williams, J.J. (May 7, 2017). "NXT St. Petersburg, FL, live results: Dylan Miley gets a new name". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lars Sullivan destroyed No Way Jose". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  6. ^ Witner, Arya (September 6, 2017). "WWE NXT results: Asuka says goodbye to NXT". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kassius Ohno runs into a Freak Accident at WarGames". WWE.com. WWE.
  8. ^ "Johnny Gargano def. Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan and Killian Dain in a No. 1 Contender's Fatal 4-Way Match". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ 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. WWE. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Pappolla, Ryan. "NXT Champion Aleister Black def. Lars Sullivan". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  11. ^ McClead, Michael. "NXT star headed to WWE main roster". Wrestlezone.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Johnson, Mike; Jordan, Paul (January 15, 2019). "WWE call-ups, Lars Sullivan, WWF Superstars coming to WWE Network, Kevin Owens, Booker T and more". PWInsider.com. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Powell, Jason (April 8, 2019). "4/8 Powell's WWE Raw TV Review: The night after WrestleMania 35 edition featuring new Raw and Smackdown Women's Champion Becky Lynch, new WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, new Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor, and new Raw Tag Champions Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Powell, Jason (April 23, 2019). "4/23 WWE Smackdown Live results". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Barnett, Jake (April 16, 2019). "4/16 WWE Smackdown Live Results". ProWrestling.net. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Holloway, Henry (May 20, 2019). "WWE blasted as 'tone deaf' over Lars Sullivan beating up 3 luchadores after racist storm". The Daily Star.
  17. ^ Martínez, Sebastián (June 20, 2019). "Lars Sullivan podría no volver a luchar en WWE hasta 2020" (in Spanish).
  18. ^ Powell, Jason. "10/9 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Powell's review of the 2020 WWE Draft night one, Bayley vs. Sasha Banks for the Smackdown Women's Championship, The Fiend vs. Kevin Owens, Big E vs. Sheamus in a Falls Count Anywhere match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  19. ^ Barnett, Jake (October 23, 2020). "10/23 WWE Friday Night Smackdown results: Barnett's review of the final push for Hell in a Cell, Roman Reigns reveals the consequences for his match with Jey Uso, Otis goes to court". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  20. ^ Mrosko, Geno. "Lars Sullivan reportedly released by WWE". Cageside Seats. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  21. ^ Johnson, Mike (February 2, 2021). "SmackDown star gone from WWE". PWInsider. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  22. ^ Powell, Jason (February 2, 2021). "Lars Sullivan reportedly released by WWE". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  23. ^ Lee, Joseph (February 3, 2021). "Lars Sullivan Says He Told WWE He Was Done With Wrestling Due To Anxiety". 411 Mania. He added that his anxiety issues had become so bad that he wasn’t able to eat on days he was set to appear on TV and had trouble sleeping... He said he likely wouldn’t wrestle anymore and called his past actions “idiocy” and “selfish behavior"
  24. ^ Nason, Josh (February 3, 2021). "LARS SULLIVAN LIKELY DONE WITH PRO WRESTLING FOLLOWING WWE RELEASE". F4WOnline.com. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  25. ^ Gartland, Dan (May 10, 2019). "Lars Sullivan apologizes for history of racist, sexist and homophobic remarks". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  26. ^ Martin, Garrett (May 9, 2019). "WWE Wrestler Lars Sullivan acknowledges history of racist, misogynistic and homophobic online comments". Paste. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  27. ^ Sapp, Sean. "WWE fines Lars Sullivan $100,000 for controversial remarks". Fightful.com.
  28. ^ Grant, David (January 2, 2020). "Fans discover homophobic WWE wrestler's gay adult film past". Queerty.
  29. ^ "Homophobic WWE wrestler Lars Sullivan reportedly starred in gay adult films". Metro Weekly. January 3, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  30. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2018". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  31. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 for 2018". Cagematch.net. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

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