EC3, or Ethan Carter III, is best known for his runs with FCW, NXT and TNA. After a stint in the
independents, which included OVW, EC3 arrived in WWE, where he was known as Mike Hutter
during his initial days in FCW.
Soon enough his name was changed to Derrick Bateman, and even became the FCW Florida Tag
Team Champion with Johnny Curtis. EC3 would then appear in the fourth and fifth seasons of NXT,
where Daniel Bryan was his mentor. Even though EC3 enjoyed a long run in the promotion, he was
released from his contract in 2013.
EC3 would find the most amount of success in TNA, as Ethan Carter III, Dixie Carter’s spoiled
nephew. During his time in the promotion, he feuded with the top stars of the company, including
Hall of Famers Sting and Kurt Angle.
Soon enough, EC3 would become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Kurt Angle
in 2015. EC3 would go on to feud with the likes of Drew McIntyre and Matt Hardy. He would win the
Championship again a year later but lose it to Matt Hardy soon after.
EC3 also won the Grand Championship from Moose, and would go on to have a great feud with Matt
Sydal. He left TNA for WWE in 2018. He was fired (kayfabe) after he bagged a Feast or Fired briefcase
with the dreaded pink slip.
EC3 would then return to NXT and feud with the likes of The Velveteen Dream and Lars Sullivan. Not
long after his arrival, it was announced that he was being called up to the main roster, as part of the
McMahon family’s series of changes.