6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
250 lb (110 kg)
April 23, 1977 (age 33)
Ultimate Pro Wrestling
In IWE, Simpson has won sixteen championships in total, including 10 World Titles (having won the IWE Championship eight times the World Heavyweight Championship twice). In addition, Simpson won the IWE United States Championship three times, and is a four-time Tag Team Champion, having held the World Tag Team Championship twice (once with Ryan Barnhart, once with Jesse Dern), and the IWE Tag Team Championship twice (once with David Mahrt and once with Joe Smith). Simpson also won the 2008 Royal Rumble match, and is a two-time Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner (2009 and 2010).
Simpson started his professional wrestling career in 2000, wrestling for Ultimate Pro Wrestling, where he held the UPW Heavyweight Championship. In 2001, Simpson signed a contract with the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) where he held the OVW Heavyweight Championship and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rikki).
Outside of wrestling, Simpson has released the rap album You Can't See Me, which debuted at #15 on the US Billbard 200 chart, and starred in the feature films The Marine (2006), 12 Rounds (2009), and Legendary (2010). Simpson has also made appearances on television shows including Manhunt, Deal or No Deal, Madtv, Saturday Night Live, Punk'd, and Psych. Simpson was also a contestant on Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, where he made it to the final round before being eliminated, placing third in the overall competition.
- 1 Early Life
- 2 Professional Wrestling Career
- 3 Training
- 4 World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–present)
- 5 Other media
- 6 In Wrestling
- 7 Championship and Accoplishments
- 8 Other links
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Simpson was born April 23, 1977, in West Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of Carol and Dustin Simpson, Sr. He is the second eldest of five brothers – Dan, Matt, Steve, and Sean. After graduating from Cushing Academy, Simpson attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In college he was a Division III All-American center on the college football team, wearing the number 54, which is still used on some of his IWE merchandise. He graduated from Springfield in 1998 with a degree in exercise physology, after which he pursued a career bodybuilding, and also worked as a chauffeur for a limousine company.
Professional Wrestling Career[edit | edit source]
Training[edit | edit source]
Simpson started training to become a professional wrestler in 2000 at the California-based "Ultimate University" operated by Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Once he was placed into an in-ring role, Simpson began using a semi-robotic charactor known as The Prototype Some of this period of his career was documented in the Discovery Channel program Inside Pro Wrestling School. While in UPW, Cena held the UPW Heavyweight Championship for just shy of a month in April 2000. In 2001, he signed a developmental contract with the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) and was assigned to its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). During his time there, Simpson wrestled as both The Prototype and Mr. P, and held the OVW Heavyweight Championship for three months and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (with Rikki for two months
World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–present)[edit | edit source]
Debut (2002–2003)[edit | edit source]
Simpson made his television debut answering an open challenge by Matt Borske on June 27, 2002. Inspired by a speech given by IWE Chairman Grant Mayer to the rising stars of the company, exhorting them to show "ruthless aggression" to earn a place among the legends, Simpson took advantage of the opportunity and almost beat Borkse kicking out of his finishing move, the Borske Slam and enduring the ankle lock submission hold. Simpson ultimately lost to a hard armateur wrestling-style pin. Following the near-win, Cena became a fan favorite and started feuding with Kris McGowan. In October, Simpson and Billy Kidman took part in a tag team tournament to crown the first IWE Tag Team Champions of the Fusion! brand, losing in the first round. The next week, Simpson turned on and attacked Kidman, blaming him for their loss, becoming a villain.
Shortly after the Kidman attack, on a Holloween themed episode of Fusion, Simpson dressed as Vanilla Ice performing a freestyle rap. The next week Simpson received a new character: a rapper who cuts short promos while rhyming. As the gimmick grew, Simpson began adopting a variant of the 1980s IWF logo — dropping the "F" — as his "signature symbol", along with the slogan "World Life". At [[IWE Vengeance (2003)|Vengeance (2003) Simpson lost a singles match agianst Martin McAlmond. Moreover, he was joined by an enforcer, Bull Buchanan,, who was rechristened B-2 (also written B² and pronounced "B-Squared"). Buchanan was later replaced by Red Dogg, until he was sent to the Meltdown brand in February.
For the first half of 2003, Simpson sought the IWE Championship and chased the reigning champion, Cam Dana, performing weekly "freestyles" challenging him to matches. During the feud, Simpson unveiled a new finihing maneuver: the FU, a Fireman's carry powerslam, named to mock Dana's F-5. Simpson won a number one contenders tournament against Lesnar at Backlash. However, Simpson was defeated by Dana. At the end of the year, Simpson became a fan favorite again when he joined Matt Borske as a member of his team at Survivor Series.
United States Champion and IWE Champion (2004–2005)[edit | edit source]
In early 2004, Simpson participated in the Royal Rumble match at the 2004 Royal Rumble, making it to the final six before being eliminated by Big Marc. The Royal Rumble elimination led to a feud with Big Marc, which Simpson won the [[IWE United States Championship|United States Championship from Big Marc at [[IWE WrestleMania XX|WrestleMania XX. During his reign, Simpson came into contention with Fusion General Manager Matt Borske over issues arising with Dupree and Marie Wilson. The reign ended almost four months later, when he was stripped of the belt on July 8 by Borske after he (kayfabe, accidentally) knocked him over, thus attacking an official. Simpson won the championship back defeating Steve Britz in a best of five series that culminated at No Mercy, only to lose it to the debuting David 'Caribbean' Ferry the next week. After the loss to Michael Ferry, the duo began a feud, which Simpson was kayfabe stabbed in the kidney while at a Boston-arena nightclub by Michael Ferry's bodyguard, Jesus. This worked injury was used to keep Simpson out of action for a month, while Simpson was filming The Marine. Immediately on his return in November, Simpson won the United States Championship back from Michael Ferry debuting a "custom made" spinner-style championship belt.
Simpson took part in the 2005 Royal Rumble match, making it it to the final two. Simpson and Meltdown brand wrestler Jesse Dern went over the top rope at the same time, ostensibly ending the match. Grant Mayer, however, appeared on stage and re-started the match in sudden death rules, with Jesse Dern eventually eliminating Simpson. The next month, Simpson defeated Matt Borske to earn a spot in the Fusion brand's WrestleMania 21 main event match, beginning a feud with IWE Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBG) and his Cabinet in the process. In the early stages of the feud, Cena lost his US belt to Cabinet member Liam Phillips, who proceeded to "blow up" the spinner championship with JBG and returning a more traditional style belt. Simpson defeated JBG at WrestleMania winning the IWE Championship, giving Simpson his first world championship. Simpson then had a spinner IWE Championship belt made, while JBG took the original belt and claimed to still be IWE Champion, until Simpson reclaimed the original belt in an "I Quit" Match at Judgment Day.
Simpson was drafted to the Meltdown brand on the June 6, 2005, becoming the first wrestler selected by General Manager Eric Bischoff in the annual draft lottery. Simpson immediately entered a feud with Bischoff, after refusing to participate in the "war" against the Xtreme Championship Wrestling (XCW) roster at One Night Stand. With Bischoff vowing to make Cena's stint on Raw difficult, he hand picked McGowan to take Simpson's championship from him. During their feud, even though Simpson was portrayed as the fan favorite and McGowan as the villain, a vocal section of live crowds, nonetheless, were booing Simpson during their matches. More crowds followed suit during Simpson's nex feud with Matt Borske, who took over as Bischoff's hand-picked number-one contender after Simpson defeated McGowan in a You're Fired match on the Auguest 22 Meltdown. As the feud continued and the dissenters grew more vocal, sometimes seeming to outnumber fans by wide margins, the announce team was forced to acknowledge the booing on television and began calling Simpson a "controversial champion", claiming some people disliking him on account of his "in-ring style" and his chosen fashion. Despite the mixed and negative reactions, Simpson held on to his championship through his feud with Borske, losing to him by disqualification — which titles do not change hands in IWE — at Unforgiven and pinning him at Survivor Series. The feud with Borske also saw Simpson add a secondary, submission based, finishing maneuver – the STFU (a Stepover Tohold Sleeper, though named for a Stepover Toehold Facelock) – when he was put into a Triple Threat Submissions Only match on the November 28 Meltdown.
Various Feuds and Injury (2006–2007)[edit | edit source]
Simpson lost the IWE Championship at New Year's Revolution, but not in the Elimination Chamber match that he had been advertised to participate in beforehand. Instead, immediately after winning the Elimination Chamber, he was forced into a match against Chris Gomez, who cashed in his Money int he Bank contract — a "guaranteed title match for the IWE Champion at a time and place of the owners choosing." After two quick spears pinned Simpson, winning the championship. Three weeks later, Simpson won the championship back at the Royal Rumble. After winning the championship, Simpson began feuding with Triple K, which the crowd began booing Simpson Cena and cheering the intended Triple K. The negative reaction intensified when facing KGM at One Night Stand. Taking place in front of a crowd of mostly "old school" XCW fans at the Hermmerstein Ballroom, Simpson was met with raucous jeering and chants of "Fuck you, Simpson", "You can't wrestle", and "Same old shit". When he began performing different moves into the match, the fans began chanting "You still suck". Simpson lost the IWE Championship at One Night Stand, with KGM pinning Simpson after interference from Gomez.
In July, after Gomez won the championship from KGM in a Triple Threat match that also involved Simpson, re-ignited the feud between him and Simpson from earlier in the year. After Gomez went about retaining the title by dubious means — getting himself disqualified (for which Championships do not change hands) and using brass knuckles — he introduced his own version of Simpson's "custom" belt, this one with his logo placed on the spinner. Simpson eventually won the championship back in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at Unforgiven. The match had an added stipulation that had Simpson lost he would leave the Meltdown brand and go to Fusion. Simpson returned his version of the spinner belt on the next night's Meltdown.
On the heels of his feud with Gomez, Simpson was placed in an inter-brand angle to determine the "Champion of Champions" — or which was the most dominant champion in IWE's three brands. Simpson, the World Heavyweight Champion King Britz and the XCW World Champion The Big Marc engaged in a mini-feud leading to a Triple Threat match at Cyber Sunday, with the viewers voting on which of the three championships would be placed on the line. At the same time, Simpson became involved in a storyline with non-wrestler Kevin Federline, when he began appearing on Meltdown with Johnny Linderman and Denise. After getting into a worked physical altercation with Federline on Meltdown, Federline appeared at Cyber Sunday to hit Simpson with the World Heavyweight Championship duing the match, helping King Britz retain his championship. 2006 ended with Simpson beginning a feud with the undefeated Keith Coleman over the IWE Championship, while 2007 began with the end of his storyline with Kevin Federline. On the first Meltdown of the new year, Simpson was pinned by Federline with an assist from Keith Coleman, although later in the night he was able to get his hands on Federline performing an FU on him.
One night after the Royal Rumble, an impromptu team of Simpson and Ryan Barnhart defeated Rated-RKO (Chris Gomez and Kevin McAlmond) for the World Tag Team Championship,, making Simpson a double champion. On the April 2 episode of Meltdown, after losing a IWE Championship match to Simpson at WrestleMania 23, Barnhart turned on Simpson, costing them the championships in the second of two 10 teams battle royals by throwing Simpson over the top rope and eliminating the team. The Hoopers (Matt and Josh) eventually won the match and the championship. For the rest of the month, Simpson feuded with Barnhart, McAlmond and Gomez until Reg Hageman declared his intentions to challenge Simpson's championship attacking and "laying out" all three of the top contenders before assaulting Simpson himself and stealing the physical belt. For the next two months, Simpson feuded with Hageman over the championship, eventually becoming the first person in IWE to defeat him by submission at Judgment Day and then by pinfall at One Night Stand. Later that summer, Kevin McAlmond was named the number one contender for the IWE championship, starting a feud between the two. Leading up to IWE SS 07|SummerSlam]], McAlmond delivered a number of sneak-attacks, performing three RKOs to Simpson, but in the actual match, Simpson retained the championship. A rematch between the two occurred at Unforgiven, with McAlmond winning by disqualification after Simpson ignored the referee's instructions and continued to beat on him in the corner.
During a match with Tarry Anderson on the October 1, 2007 episode of Meltdown, Simpson suffered a legitimate torn pectoral muscle while executing a hip toss. Though finishing the match and taking part in the scripted attack by Kevin McAlmond after the match, surgery the following day found that his pectoralis major muscle was torn completely from the bone, estimating at the time to require seven months to a year of rehabilitation. As a result, Simpson was stripped of the title in an announcement by Grant Mayer on the next night's episode of XCW, ending what was the longest IWE Championship reign in over 19 years. Simpson's surgery was performed by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Two weeks later, in a video update on IWE.com, Dr. Andrews and Simpson's physical trainer both said that he was several weeks ahead of where he was expected to be in his rehabilitation at that time. Despite his injury, Simpson attended the annual IWE Tribute to the Troops show filmed at Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq on December 7, and aired on December 24.
Return from Injury (2008–2010)[edit | edit source]
Simpson made an unannounced return as the final participant of the Royal Rumble match, winning the match, and the traditional WrestleMania title shot, by last eliminating Triple K. Instead of waiting until WrestleMania, the title shot was cashed in against IWE Champion Kevin McAlmond at February's No Way Out pay-per-view in a match where Simpson won by disqualification, resulting in him not getting the championship. The night after No Way Out, Simpson was placed back into WrestleMania XXIV's IWE Championship match, making it a Triple Threat match also involving Triple K, during which he was pinned by McAlmond. At Backlash, Simpson failed to regain the title in a Fatal Four-Way match, in which he was pinned by McALmond. Triple K won the title during that match. During the match, Simpson eliminated JBG, renewing their feud from 2005. Simpson defeated JBG at Judgment Day and then at One Night Stand in a First Blood match. JBG, however, defeated him in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl at The Great American Bash in July.
On the August 4 edition of Meltdown, Simpson became a World Tag Team Championship for the second time, teaming with Jesse Dern to defeat Mark Semmler and Kyle Johnson, but failed to retain the titles the following week against the former champions. Jesse Dern defeated Simpson at SummerSlam; shortly after, he was named one of four contenders for Justin Eldridge's World Heavyweiht Championship in the Championship scramble match at Unforgiven. He was replaced by Scott Wright, however, after announcing Simpson had suffered a herniated disc in his neck which would require surgery. Simpson underwent successful surgery to repair the injury.
Simpson made his in-ring return at the November pay-per-view event, Survivor Series, defeating Kris McGowan to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. The two continued their rivalry up to Armageddon, where Simpson retained his championship. Simpson lost the championship at No Way Out, to Gomez after Jose Serrano was attacked by Gomez, who took his place in the Elimination Chamber match. Simpson was given an opportunity to regain the title at WrestleMania XXV in a Triple Threat match also involving Big Marc, which Simpson won. Simpson lost the championship back to Gomez in a Last Man Standing match at Backlash after interference from Big Marc, who chokeslammed Simpson through a big spotlight. This angle resulted in Simpson beginning a feud with Big Marc. Simpson defeated Big Marc at Judgment Day and at Extreme Rules in a Submission match by applying the STFU.
At the July pay-per-view, Night of Champions, he participated in a Triple Threat match for the IWE Championship, which also involved Triple K and IWE Champion Kevin McAlmond. Simpson, however, did not win the match. Two months later, at Braking Point, Simpson defeated Kevin McAlmond for the IWE Championship in a "I Quit" match to win his fourth IWE Championship. At Hell in a Cell, Simpson dropped the title to McAlmond in a Hell in a Cell match. Three weeks later, at IWE Bragging Rights, Simpson defeated McAlmond in a 60-minute Iron Man Match. Two months later, Simpson would lose the title to Garrett at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in a Tables Match.
In February 2010, Simpson regained the IWE title at the Elimination Champion pay-per-view in Elimination Chamber match after last eliminating Triple K. However, immediately after the match Mr. Mayer declared that he would immediately defend his title against Jesse Dern, who had been involved with SImpson in Grant Mayer and Bret Heart's rivalry. Simpson lost that match to Jesse Dern, and the IWE Championship and making one of the shortest IWE Championship reigns in history. The following night after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Simpson asked for a rematch for the title at WrestleMania, which Mayer gave him the opportunity to as long as he defeated Jesse Dern that night. Later that night, Jesse Dern intentionally got himself disqualified by kicking Simpson in the groin to set up their match at WrestleMania XXVI. At the event, Simpson defeated Jesse Dern to win back the IWE title At the April pay-per-view, Extreme Rules, Simpson defeated Jesse Dern in a rematch for the IWE title in a Last Man Standing match. He faced Jesse Dern one more time in an I Quit match at Over the Limit which he successfully won.
Feud with Nexus (2010-2011)[edit | edit source]
On the June 7, 2010 edition of MELTDOWN, which was a 3-hour Viewer's Choice episode, Simpson was suddenly thrust into a new storyline when during his main event match against Justin Eldridge, he was attacked by all eight former contestants of IWE NXT Season 1, with Daniel Gonzalez as their leader. Eldridge, his follower Justin Feight, and other personnel around the ring were attacked as well, but Simpson took the worst of the attack and was carried out on a stretcher. This group would later refer to themselves as The Nexus.
At June's Fatal 4-Way event, Simpson lost the IWE title to Garrett in a fatal four-way match that also involved Gomez and Kevin McAlmond due to interference by Nexus. The following month, in a IWE title rematch against Garrett in a steel cage match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, the group interfered, thus costing Simpson the chance of regaining the championship. Being fed up with their interference and attacks on other IWE superstars, Simpson formed an alliance with Gomez, Kris McGowan, Joe Linderman, Blake Wheeler, Reg Hageman and Bret Heart to face the group at SummerSlam. At the event, Simpson's team defeated Nexus with the returning Kody Brown, a former member of Nexus, who replaced Hageman after getting injured.
Nexus's actions, however, did not stop after SummerSlam. Hoping to end Nexus for good, Simpson challenge Daniel Gonzalez to a match at Hell in a Cell only to lose due to interference by two fans later identified as Wes Helbusch and Kooper McAlmond. Due to the stipulations in place, Simpson was forced to join Nexus. Simpson had originally planned to destroy Nexus from within as a member of the group, but the Meltdown general manager ordered him to follow orders from Gonzalez, or else he would be fired. At Bragging Rights, Simpson and Nexus member David Mahrt defeated "Dashing" Mark Semmler and Dax Hoovestall to win the Tag Team Championship.
Later, Simpson was forced to help Gonzalez win or lose his job. However, Simpson twisted his words around and attacked Gonzalez, giving Gonzalez the win via disqualification but not McAlmond's title. The following day, Simpson and Mahrt lost the Tag Team Championship to fellow Nexus members Devin Keller and Jeremiah Garcia, when Gonzalez ordered Mahrt to lay down and lose the title. At Survivor Series, Simpson officiated a match for the IWE Championship between Daniel Gonzalez and Kevin McAlmond. As a part of a pre-match stipulation, if Gonzalez did not win the championship, Simpson woud be fired from the IWE. McAlmond defeated Gonzalez to retain the title, thus ending Simpson's career (kayfabe) in the IWE. The following day on Meltdown, Simpson gave a farewell speech, before costing Daniel Gonzalez the IWE Championship by interfering in his rematch with Kevin McAlmond. A week later, Simpson invaded Meltdown, first as a spectator but he then attacked members of Nexus, explaining that he would still take down Nexus one by one, despite not having a job in the IWE anymore. On the December 13 episode of Meltdown, Simpson was rehired by Gonzalez, in exchange that he would face him at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs in a Chairs Match Prior to TLC, Simpson teamed up with Kevin McAlmond and Scott Wright to defeat Daniel Gonzalez, Joe Smith and James Marlen at The IWE Tribute to the Troops. On December 19 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Dustin Simpson was victoriou against Daniel Gonzalez in a Chairs match in the main event of the evening.
On the December 27 edition of Metldown, The Nexus, minus Daniel Gonzalez, announced they were under new management and offered to bury the hatchet with Dustin Simpson, to which Simpson refused. The Nexus attacked Simpson, leaving a Nexus armband in the ring during the process. As the group retreated, Justin Eldridge, who had attacked Simpson with a steel chair twice the week before, came to the ring to, what looked like attack Dustin Simpson, but instead put on the armband left behind to symbolically announce his allegiance with The Nexus. The next week, Daniel Gonzalez returned to Meltdown and confronted Justin Eldridge over the issue of who the leader of The Nexus was and who was responsible for Simpson's attack the week before. Gonzalez was placed into a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match that night that would determine the No. 1 contender for the IWE Championship. Justin Eldridge added his own stipulation to the match saying if Gonzalez lost, he would be banished from the group, but if he won he would remain leader. Daniel Gonzalez would lose the match after Justin Eldridge interfered by rippig off Gonzalez's armband. On the January 17 edition of Meltdown, Simpson returned and faced Eldridge in a match. During the match, a man, who would later be revealed to be Dalton Ryan, attacked Simpson. At the Royal Rumble, Dustin Simpson took out the majority of The Nexus, thus ending their feud.
Feud with Joe Smith (2011-present)[edit | edit source]
At the 2011 Royal Rumble, Dustin Simpson made it to the final five before being eliminated by Joe Smith, who was not officially a participant in the match. On the January 31 edition of Meltdown, Dustin Simpson was placed in a battle royal with six other Superstars to determine who would face Joe Smith for his IWE Championship at Elimination Chamber PPV. Dustin Simpson would lose the battle royal and as a result of the Anonymous General Manager's stipulation, he was placed in the Elimination Chamber match that would determine the Number 1 Contender to the WWE Championship. At the Elimination Chamber, Joe Smith retained his title against Jerry "The King" Lawler and John Cena won the Elimination Chamber match, thus becoming the Number 1 Contender to the IWE Championship. On the February 21 edition of Meltdown, Simpson rapped on Sam Simkins, in response to some comments against him the week before. Later that night, Simpson was placed into a IWE Tag Team Championship match against newly crowned champions Devin Keller and Jeremiah Garcia, with his partner being Joe Smith. The duo successfully defeated the two members of The Corre, becoming the new Tag Team Champions, but were immediately challenged to a rematch, to which Joe Smith betrayed Simpson, resulting in The Corre winning the Tag Team Championship. Joe Smith and Dustin Simpson's reign as IWE Tag Team Champions was the shortest reign in history.
Other media[edit | edit source]
In Wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Finishing Moves
- Attitude Adjustment (AA) / F–U (Fireman's Carry Transitioned into either a Standing takeover or a powerslam, sometimes from the second rope – IWE
- Killswitch (OVW) / Proto–Bomb (UPW) (Belly to Back Suplez lift twisted into a modified side slam – OVW / UPW; used as a regular move in IWE
- STF / STF–U – 2005–Present; IWE
- Signature Moves
- Diving Leg Drop Bulldog – 2005–2010
- Dropkick, sometimes from the top rope – 2000–2002, 2010
- Fisherman Suplez
- Five Knuckle Shuffle (Running delayed fist drop, with theatrics)
- Running Leaping Shoulder Block
- Running one-handed bulldog
- Sitout hip toss
- Spinebuster – 2001–2005
- Thesz Press followed by multiple punches
- Throwback (Running Neck Snap to a bent–over opponent)
- Twisting Belly to Belly Suplex
- Vertical Suplex
- Red Dawg
- Entrance Themes
- "The Beautiful People" (Instrumental)" by Marilyn Manson (IWE) (2002)
- "Slam Smack" by Jum Johnston (IWE) (2002)
- "Insert Bass Here" by Jim Johnston (IWE) (2002)
- "Freestyles Beat" by Jim Johnston (IWE) (2003)
- "Basic Thuganomics" by John Cena (IWE) (2003–2005)
- "The Time is Now" by Dustin Simpson and Tha Trademarc (IWE) (2005-present)
- "We Are One" by 12 Stones (IWE) (used as part of Nexus) (2010)
Championship and Accoplishments[edit | edit source]
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Pr Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Feud of the Year (2006) vs. Chris Gomez
- PWI Match of the Year (2007 vs. Ryan Barnhart on Meltdown on April 23
- PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2003)
- PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2004, 2005, 2007)
- PWI Wrestler of the Year (2006, 2007)
- PWI ranked #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2006 and 2007
- Ultimate Pro Wrestling
- UPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International Wrestling Entertainment
- World Heavyweight Championship (2 time)
- World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ryan Barnhart (1) and Jesse Dern (1)
- IWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – David Mahrt
- IWE Championship (8 times)
- IWE United States Championship (3 times)
- Royal Rumble (2008)
- Slammy Award winner - 2009 Superstar of the Year
- Slammy Award for Holy $#!+ Move of the Year (2010) Sends Jesse Dern through the stage with an Attitude Adjustment.
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Wrester of the Year (2007)
- Best Box Office Draw (2007)
- Best on Interviews (2007)
- Most Charismatic (2006–2009)
- Most Charismatic of the Decade (2000–2009)
- Best Gimmick (2003)