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Nathan Everhart[1] (born September 28, 1988)[1] is an American former professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE under the ring name Jason Jordan.[2] He has not wrestled since January 2018 since suffering a neck injury, and currently works backstage as a producer.[3]

Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan Dec 2017.jpg
Jordan in December 2017
Birth nameNathan Everhart
Born (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 (age 31)
Tinley Park, Illinois, United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States
Alma materIndiana University
Spouse(s)
April Elizabeth (m. 2017)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jason Jordan[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[2]
Billed weight245 lb (111 kg)[2]
Billed fromChicago, Illinois[2]
Trained byFlorida Championship Wrestling
WWE Performance Center
DebutSeptember 30, 2011

He signed a contract with WWE in 2011 and was sent to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), before debuting in NXT the following year. In 2015, he formed the tag team American Alpha with Chad Gable, with the duo capturing the NXT Tag Team Championship[4] before being drafted to SmackDown brand and winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship.[5] In 2017, American Alpha disbanded when Jordan debuted on the Raw brand as the storyline son of Kurt Angle, and subsequently forming a short–lived tag team with Seth Rollins, winning the Raw Tag Team Championship with him in December 2017.[6] He is the first of four men to win the Raw, SmackDown, and NXT Tag Team Championships. He has also held the FCW Tag Team Championship once with CJ Parker.[7]

Early lifeEdit

Everhart was born in Tinley Park, Illinois, on September 28, 1988. He said that he began amateur wrestling at seven years old, because he thought it was the same as professional wrestling.[8] While at Victor J. Andrew High School, Everhart was a three-sport athlete, competing in wrestling, football and baseball. He attended Indiana University and competed for them in the Big Ten Conference. Everhart became a three-time national qualifier for NCAA at the Division I level.[citation needed]

While wrestling at Indiana University, Everhart was ranked top 15 in the nation for three years in a row and was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation at heavyweight. He was described as a unique and impressive athlete, weighing 225 pounds while competing at the 285 pound weight class. He used speed and agility to overcome his bigger opposition. In his senior year, Everhart was undefeated in the regular season going 35-0 and at one point was ranked as high as 2nd in the nation. During his fourth year of wrestling, he worked as a student coach at his university and helped two All-Americans at 197 lbs and a heavyweight.[8]

Everhart graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology with minors in chemistry, social science, and medicine. He put attending dental school on hold to pursue his dream of being a professional wrestler. Due to his legendary accolades at Indiana University, he had his face painted onto the wall of the campus' University Gymnasium in 2010.[citation needed]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

WWEEdit

Early career (2011–2015)Edit

Everhart was scouted from college by WWE's road agent, Gerald Brisco. He was recruited to participate in a WWE tryout in 2010 and was subsequently offered a WWE contract, but he held off from signing it until finishing his college degree. In July 2011, he signed a developmental contract with WWE and was sent to the developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he took the ring name, Jason Jordan. His first professional wrestling match was at an FCW live event on September 30, where he teamed with Abraham Washington in a losing effort against Big E Langston and Calvin Raines. He made his televised debut on the November 13 episode of FCW TV, teaming with Colin Cassady and Mike Dalton in a losing effort against The Ascension. Jordan continued to make sporadic appearances in FCW until the brand was replaced by NXT in 2012. Prior to this, he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with CJ Parker at a live event on July 13, making him one half of the penultimate title-holders before the championship was deactivated.[7]

On the June 27, 2012 episode of NXT, Jordan made his NXT debut, losing to Jinder Mahal.[9] He continued to make further occasional appearances throughout 2012 and 2013. In April 2014, Jordan formed a tag team with Tye Dillinger,[10] but the two found little success and split up in February 2015.[11]

American Alpha (2015–2017)Edit

 
Jordan (right) with Chad Gable in 2015

In May 2015, Jordan began a storyline with Chad Gable in which Gable attempted to convince Jordan to form a new partnership.[12] On the July 15 episode of NXT, after nearly three months of coaxing, Jordan finally agreed to a match with Gable as his tag team partner, where they defeated Elias Samson and Steve Cutler.[13] On the September 2 episode of NXT, Jordan and Gable competed in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, defeating Neville and Solomon Crowe.[14] On September 26 at a live event, they defeated The Hype Bros in the second round before falling to Baron Corbin and Rhyno in the semi-finals at NXT TakeOver: Respect.[15] During this match, Jordan and Gable turned face by showing fighting spirit and resiliency against Corbin and Rhyno. In the following weeks on NXT, Jordan and Gable defeated former NXT Tag Team Champions, The Ascension on the November 18 episode of NXT,[16] and The Vaudevillains on the December 2 episode of NXT.[17]

 
American Alpha after winning the NXT Tag Team Championship at the NXT TakeOver: Dallas event in April 2016

On the January 27, 2016 episode of NXT, Jordan and Gable began using the name American Alpha and defeated Blake and Murphy.[18] On the March 16 episode of NXT, American Alpha defeated The Vaudevillains to become the number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team Championship.[19] At NXT TakeOver: Dallas, American Alpha defeated The Revival to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. At the NXT TakeOver: The End on June 8, they lost the tag team titles back to The Revival, ending their reign at 68 days.[20] After the match, they were attacked by the debuting The Authors of Pain.[21] On the July 20 episode of NXT, American Alpha made their final NXT appearance, lost to The Authors of Pain.[22]

On July 19, Jordan and Gable were drafted to SmackDown brand as part of 2016 WWE draft.[23] On the August 2 episode of SmackDown Live, American Alpha made their debut, defeating The Vaudevillains.[24] At the SummerSlam pre-show, American Alpha teamed with The Hype Bros and The Usos to defeat Breezango, The Ascension, and The Vaudevillains in a 12-man tag team match.[25] Starting on the August 23 episode of SmackDown Live, American Alpha would compete in a tag team tournament for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, defeating Breezango[26] in the first round to advance to the semi-finals where they faced The Usos. On the September 6 episode of SmackDown Live, despite defeating The Usos, Gable's knee was kayfabe injured during a post-match assault when The Usos attacked them, rendering American Alpha unable to compete at the final.[27] On the November 1 episode of SmackDown Live, American Alpha defeated The Spirit Squad to become part of Team SmackDown in the 10–on–10 traditional Survivor Series tag team elimination match.[28] At Survivor Series, American Alpha would be eliminated in the match by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, where Team SmackDown would be defeated by Team Raw.[29]

On the December 27 episode of SmackDown Live, American Alpha defeated The Wyatt Family to capture the SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a four-corner elimination match, also featuring The Usos, and Heath Slater and Rhyno.[5] At Elimination Chamber on February 12, 2017, American Alpha would successfully defend their titles in a tag team turmoil match.[30] On the March 21 episode of SmackDown Live, American Alpha lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championship to The Usos, ending their reign at 84 days.[31] Jordan made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 33, participated in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which was won by Mojo Rawley.[32] American Alpha then seemed to quietly split up, as Gable began wrestling by himself, including getting a championship match with Kevin Owens on the June 20 episode of SmackDown Live.[33]

Kurt Angle's son (2017–2018)Edit

On the July 17 episode of Raw, Jordan was revealed to be the kayfabe son of Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, following Angle coming clean after a series of mystery text messages were sent to his work phone and to Corey Graves from the announce team. After that, Jordan was moved to Raw, thus disbanding American Alpha.[34] The following week on Raw, in his first match for the brand, Jordan would defeat Curt Hawkins.[35] In August, Jordan started a feud with Intercontinental Champion The Miz, after he insulted Jordan on his talk-show segment Miz TV.[36] On the August 14 episode of Raw, Jordan faced Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, but won by disqualification The Miztourage (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) interfered on Miz's behalf, which meant that Miz retained the title as it can not change hands by disqualification. Jordan would be saved from an attack from the trio after The Hardy Boyz arrived and assisted Jordan.[37] This would lead to a six-man tag team match at SummerSlam, where Jordan and The Hardy Boyz were defeated by The Miz and The Miztourage.[38] On the September 18 episode of Raw, Jordan would win a Six-Pack Challenge match to become number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz.[39] At No Mercy on September 24, Jordan was unsuccessful in capturing the title following outside interference from The Miztourage.[40]

Jordan was then placed in a feud with Elias, after Jordan would interrupt Elias during his songs by throwing vegetables at him.[41][42][43] This would lead to a match between the two at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, where Jordan defeated Elias.[44][45] On the November 6 episode of Raw, Jordan defeated Elias in a Guitar-on-a-Pole match, thus ending their feud.[46] In December, Jordan would start to wrestle along with Seth Rollins, replacing Rollins' injured tag team partner Dean Ambrose.[47] On the December 25 episode of Raw, Jordan and Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to capture the Raw Tag Team Championship.[48] With the win, Jordan became the first person in WWE to hold the Raw, SmackDown and NXT Tag Team Championships.[6] However, at Royal Rumble on January 28, 2018, they lost the titles back to Cesaro and Sheamus, ending their reign at 34 days.[49]

Career threatening injury and producer (2018–present)Edit

On the February 5 episode of Raw, Jordan told Rollins that he won't compete in the tag team match, before Rollins' long-time teammate Roman Reigns teamed up with Rollins instead. Later on that night, Jordan accidentally cost Rollins and Reigns a match for the Raw Tag Team Championship, before Kurt Angle sent him home.[50] This was done to write Jordan off television. On the next day, WWE reported that Jordan underwent successful surgery to repair a neck injury.[51] After that surgery, it was reported that he would be out of action for over a year.[52] According to Jon Robinson, author of the book Creating The Mania: An Inside Look at how WrestleMania Comes to Life, the storyline with Kurt Angle would conclude at WrestleMania 34 in a match between them,[53] and during an interview with Kurt Angle the following year, Angle revealed that his WrestleMania 35 opponent Baron Corbin got Jordan's spot due to Jordan's serious injury.[54] In September 2018, it was reported that Jordan was hired as a producer.[55][56]

Other mediaEdit

Jordan appears as a playable character in the video games WWE 2K17, WWE 2K18, and WWE 2K19.[57][58]

Personal lifeEdit

Everhart married April Elizabeth on March 17, 2017.[59][60]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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