After debuting in 2004, Heath Slater began wrestling for WWE in 2006 and competed in its developmental territories Deep South Wrestling (DSW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) before appearing on the first season of NXT in 2010.
He debuted on the main roster that same year as part of The Nexus and The Corre, becoming a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Justin Gabriel. In 2016, Slater then entered a storyline which included him forming a partnership with Rhyno, where they later became the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
He is the first wrestler to hold both the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships. During the latest edition of E&C Pod of Awesomeness, Slater recalled the NXT reality competition series: “That stuff was crazy. That’s what it was, it was nuts.
I feel like we were all guinea pigs in the show they wanted to put out. And then it was like, ‘All right, let’s see what we’ve got!’. And then it was like obstacle courses and carrying a keg around the ring at the fastest time, which I won.
A promo thing for one minute, they give you a word and you have to talk about it right on the spot, which [was] nerve-wracking. I mean, just crazy stuff, like, ”what?'”