Southwick was lucky enough to receive formal training while in college. He attended Ashland University and trained under Jimmie Lee. He is a former Greco-Roman All-American and a two-time NCAA All-American amateur wrestler.
He made his professional wrestling debut for Mid-Ohio Wrestling as Big Jake South on October 16, 2010, defeating Izzy Lambert. This was after completing his training to be a professional wrestler at the ASWA Pro Wrestling Training Center in Mansfield, Ohio.
Jacob spent two years wrestling at the Mid-Ohio Wrestling promotion between 2010 and 2012. He won the Mid-Ohio Tag Team Titles with Cyrus Poe and challenged unsuccessfully for various other championships within the promotion. He competed in the Mid-Ohio Heavyweight title tournament but was eliminated in the semi-finals by Patrick Hayes. He then challenged for the Tri-County Heavyweight title twice but was unsuccessful in both attempts. He later challenged Bane for the World Title but was defeated.
Spending around five years at NXT, this is where Jacob built up the majority of his reputation. Madman Fulton Fulton debuted on October 18, 2012, in a house show teaming with Chad Baxter, Chase Donovan and Nick Rogers in a tag match won by Briley Pierce, Jake Carter, Mike Dalton & Oliver Grey. On November 30, Fulton wrestled his first singles match against Travis Tyler. He won his first singles match, defeating Angelo Dawkins.
On June 28, 2013, Fulton competed in a 12 Man Battle Royal to determine the new Number One Contender for the NXT Championship. In 2014, Fulton teamed with Baron Corbin on March 21 to challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championship in a three-way tag team match against Jason Jordan & Oliver Grey and the defending champions The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor). At the tail end of the year, Fulton joined the stable known as The Shoot Nation, teaming up with Cal Bishop and Digg Rawlis.
On July 30, 2015, Fulton wrestled in a 20-Man Battle Royal to determine the new Number One Contender to the NXT Championship. On August 28, Fulton and Angelo Dawkins participated in a Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic where they were eliminated in the first round by Colin Cassady & Enzo Amore. During the April 14, 2016 edition of NXT Fulton teamed with Alexander Wolfe to challenge for the NXT Tag Team titles held by American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan). They had a series of title rematches against American Alpha on May 5th-May 7th but were not successful in winning the tag titles during these three consecutive rematch dates.
On November 3, 2017, Fulton was released from his WWE contract. He wrestled his last NXT match on October 21 losing to newcomer Tian Bing.
After his release from WWE, Southwick changed his ring name to Madman Fulton. He made his American States Wrestling Alliance (ASWA) return on December 9 at ASWA Winter Reunion, where he and wrestlers Ethan Wright and JJ DeVille won the Winter Reunion, Battle Royal. On February 10, Fulton returned to American States Wrestling Alliance, at ASWA Saturday Night Slam where he won his second title after he defeated Toby Cline to win the ASWA Heavyweight Championship.
On December 14, 2018, Fulton made his televised debut during the co-produced event Impact Wrestling-Rockstar Pro Ohio Versus Everything.
Madman Fulton, Sawyer Fulton (WWE), Jacob Southwick, Jake South
285 lbs (128 kg)
Powerslam, Running Splash, Spinning Gutwrench Suplex, STO Backbreaker
He cited Kurt Angle as being his favorite wrestler growing up.
55(w)/1(d)/144(l) out of 200 matches