Fulton in April 2016
|Birth name||Jacob Southwick|
|Born||April 2, 1990|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Ashland University|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Big Jake South|
|Billed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Billed weight||315 lb (143 kg)|
|Billed from||Toledo, Ohio|
|Trained by||Jimmie Lee|
Jacob Southwick (born April 2, 1990) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Impact Wrestling under the ring name Madman Fulton, where he is part of OVE (Ohio Versus Everything). He is perhaps best known for his time in WWE, where he performed on their NXT brand under the ring name Sawyer Fulton, and was part of Sanity.
Southwick was born on April 2, 1990, in Toledo, Ohio. He trained under Jimmie Lee. Southwick attended Ashland University, where he is a former Greco-Roman All-American and a two-time NCAA All-American amateur wrestler. He cited Kurt Angle as his favorite wrestler growing up.
Professional wrestling career
Mid-Ohio Wrestling (2010–2012)
Southwick trained to be a professional wrestler at the ASWA Pro Wrestling Training Center in Mansfield, Ohio. He made his professional wrestling debut for Mid-Ohio Wrestling as Big Jake South on October 16, 2010, defeating Izzy Lambert. He won the Mid-Ohio Tag Team Titles with Cyrus Poe, and challenged unsuccessfully for various other championships within the promotion including as the Tri-County Heavyweight Title and the World Title.
In September 2012 it was reported that Southwick had signed with WWE. He was later renamed Sawyer Fulton. He made his televised NXT debut on May 2, 2013, where he appeared as an enhancement talent in a tag-team match against The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper). He then continued to make sporadic televised appearances on NXT as an enhancement talent over the next three years, often as part of a tag-team with Angelo Dawkins with the duo being defeated by teams such as Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, The Vaudevillains, Blake and Murphy and The Hype Bros.
In March 2016, Fulton formed a tag-team with Alexander Wolfe at NXT live events. In September 2016, Fulton and Wolfe joined a stable named Sanity along with Eric Young and Nikki Cross. The stable made its debut on the October 12, 2016 episode of NXT, with Wolfe and Fulton defeating the team of Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger as part of the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. On November 2, in the second round of the Tag Team Classic, Fulton and Wolfe beat fan favourites T.J. Perkins and Kota Ibushi. They were knocked out of the tournament in the semi finals by TM61. Fulton subsequently suffered a torn pectoral muscle which ruled him out of action for several months. At the NXT tapings on November 30, 2016, it was teased that Fulton was no longer associated with SAnitY after Eric Young stomped on Fulton's jacket before kicking it out of the ring. He was later replaced in the group by Killian Dain, with no on-screen explanation provided for his absence. On November 3, 2017, Fulton was released from his NXT contract by the WWE without making another televised appearance.
Major League Wrestling (2018)
Impact Wrestling (2019–present)
Fulton made his first and only appearance as a playable character in WWE 2K18.
Championships and accomplishments
- American States Wrestling Alliance
- ASWA Heavyweight Championship (2 time, current)
- Atomic Wrestling Entertainment / Atomic Revolutionary Wrestling
- AWE / ARW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Vertigo Rivera
- Mid-Ohio Wrestling
- Mid-Ohio Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cyrus Poe
- New Blood Wrestling Federation
- NBWF Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Fred Drosser
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- Gutteridge's WWE NXT Hit List: Finn Bálor and Kevin Owens sign the contract for NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, plus Eva Marie returns to the ring, Bayley vs. Emma, VaudeVillains vs. Sawyer Fulton and Angelo Dawkins, and Samoa Joe vs. Mike Rawlis
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