Wrestling / Heath Slater

"...But I'm a one man BAAAAAAAANNNNNDDDD!"

Heath Miller (b. 1983) is an American professional wrestler from Pineville, WV currently signed to WWE as Heath Slater. He debuted in 2004 in the Georgia wrestling scene. In 2006, he signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to their short-lived Deep South Wrestling promotion. When DSW was abandoned in 2007, Miller was sent down to Florida Championship Wrestling. In 2010, he was introduced to WWE audiences as Heath Slater as part of the first class of "rookies" on WWE NXT, which, of course, led to the debut of The Nexus. After that group broke up, he spent time in Wade Barrett's group the Corre. He was the leader of 3MB until the group was disbanded by the release of his stablemates Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre. He was, for a time, part of a Tag Team with Titus O'Neil called Slater Gator. Following that, he formed a four-man stable with Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Adam Rose called the Social Outcasts, only to be the sole member of the active roster to not be drafted to either show. This began a "free agent" storyline that saw him make appearances on both brands until he earned himself a Smackdown contract at Backlash.

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion, a former FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion, a former FCW Florida Tag Team Champion with Joe Hennig (Michael McGillicutty/Curtis Axel), a 3x WWE Tag Team Champion with Justin Gabriel and the first ever WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champion along with Rhyno.

He is in no way connected to 1980s-1990s wrestler Dick Slater.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"The One Man Southern Trope Band":

  • Action Dad: To daughter Snow.
  • Breakup Breakout: Arguable, as he has yet to win a singles title in WWE. Subverted as a member of 3MB, as while he's the only one still with WWE, Drew McIntyre's career prospects have skyrocketed since leaving (although it's pretty much played straight compared to Jinder Mahal).
  • Butt Monkey: Pretty much full time - his career got off to a decent start, but he's been at the bottom of the card since 2011. Status cemented by being the only active full-time Superstar to not be drafted to either brand in the 2016 draft.
  • The Chew Toy: His main purpose leading up to Raw's 1000th episode was to get destroyed by legends/veterans. In fact, most of the references to him on the Awesome/[Insert name of wrestler/promotion/show] pages are about him getting beaten up or losing, with the only exception being the mention on the Raw page about his participation in the Nexus Riot. Heck, just based on that, he's a heel John Cena without a push.
  • The Dark Chick: Within the Five-Bad Band structure of the Nexus.
  • Deep South: Tries to imitate a lot of the stereotypes. Problem is, he's from West Virginia, which isn't really "south" at all.note 
    • His Clem Layfield character from The JBL and Cole Show is a straighter example.
    • Ever since his Free Agent storyline, Heath has been milking the hell out of this. He's using every comical stereotype in the book, including meeting his first wife at the family reunion, having a hell of a lot of kids from at least two wives, living in a trailer, and only being able to afford dinners of crackers and cheese whiz.
  • Defector from Decadence: Twice with Justin Gabriel.
  • Determinator While he's still significantly weaker than most other wrestlers, since being left a free agent in the June 2016 WWE Draft, Heath has been nothing short of a determinator in trying to win a contract to feed his family. He's gotten his ass kicked a lot, but his guts have increased tremendously, including going toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton prior to Summerslam. This also isn't a case of his usual Suicidal Overconfidence. He knows full well he's going to get his ass kicked, but for his family's sake he has to fight to secure a WWE contract.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: With his and Rhyno's victory at Backlash 2016, Slater finally gained a contract with Smackdown after being overlooked for the Draft, in addition to being one of the two first Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
  • Evil Redhead/Celebrity Resemblance: Cena infamously labeled him "The chick from Wendy's".
  • Finishing Move: Sweetness.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Justin Gabriel. Well, at least until he proclaimed that their tag team was over.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: On the 1000th episode of Raw, he challenged any Legend to a no DQ, no count out match. Lita answered the challenge. Although she did hire herself some protection. Enter the APA! Heath decided to bail, but was stopped by all the other Legends he'd gone up against, who promptly threw him back in the ring and one Twist of Fate and a Clothesline from Hell later, Lita was victorious.
  • Humiliation Conga: The entire Running Gag below; week after week Slater would talk himself up only to get squashed by a WWE Legend. He suffered (among other things) a Vader Bomb, a Powerbomb, a Stinkface, and even when he picked up his solitary win he copped a Diamond Cutter for his trouble.
  • I Have Many Names: He has also used Sebastian Slater and Heath Wallace Miller Esq., the latter as the manager for Shawn Osbourne in FCW.
  • Informed Ability: We're consistently informed by Michael Cole that he's a talented musician. We have yet to see any evidence of this.
  • Jobber: 3MB rarely win, to the degree that, when their matches are posted on WWE's YouTube channel, the commenters inevitably ask, "Does 3MB ever win?"
    • Averted on the first Raw of 2016, where he managed to get a win over Dolph Ziggler.
    • Now he's headed for a shot at becoming the first Smack Down Live tag team champions with Rhyno after beating the Headbangers and the Hype Bros. Perhaps his jobbing days are over....
    • And now he's a Smackdown Tag Team Champion. Outside of some cruel twist of fate, Slater has finally put his jobbing days behind him, at least for a little while.
  • Only Sane Man: Amazingly, of the Social Outcasts. While all of them are very quirky, Heath seems to be shaping up as this. Between Bo's constant spewing positive things, Axel's constant edginess, and nobody knowing what the hell Rose is saying, Heath sometimes looks like he's wondering what he got himself into by teaming up with these guys.
  • Permastubble: Ginger Permastubble, to boot.
  • Popularity Power: Unexpectedly placed #8 In WWE’s Superstar Of The Year Slammy Award, alongside the likes of other top ten finalists such as Seth Rollins, John Cena and Roman Reigns. This arguably led to the first push he (along with other low rankers) have had in a long time.
  • Power Stable: The Nexus and the Corre.
    • Currently in one as The Social Outcasts.
  • Red Baron: When he was in FCW he was "Handsome" Heath Miller.
    • "The One-man Rock Band." Despite his comparatively low importance, this is mentioned on any occasion he's competing in the ring.
    • Recently christened "The One-Man Southern Rock Band".
  • Running Gag: He picked up a gimmick during RAW, for the upcoming 1000th episode, by cutting promos, only to have a legend come out and kick his ass or otherwise humiliate him. (At least early on, he seemed to be Tempting Fate by repurposing said legends' catchphrases as his own.) His only victory was against Doink the Clown note  ...even that didn't end well, though. See Your Princess Is in Another Castle below.
    • Genre Savvy: He got savvy enough that he expected to be in a match with a legend as the weeks went by. Was a bit Wrong Genre Savvy when he was on SmackDown!, feeling he was safe, since all his encounters with the legends had been on Raw. Enter Road Warrior Animal.
      • And again he issued another challenge to a current superstar. Randy Orton returns.
  • Tag Team: 3MB with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, Slater Gator with Titus O'Neil.
    • Then he formed the Social Outcasts with Bo Dallas, Adam Rose and Curtis Axel.
    • Now he's partnering with Rhyno to enter the Smack Down Live Tag Team Tournament.
  • Talk Show with Fists: "The Happy Hour," briefly in FCW. It was where he started his first feud, with Billy Kidman who was retired and working as a trainer/agent.
  • Underwear of Power: He now wears pants.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: I hate you, Heath Slater!
  • Villain Team-Up: With Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre as the 3 Man Band. Now, with Curtis Axel, Adam Rose, and Bo Dallas as the Social Outcasts.
  • Villainous Underdog: One of the biggest examples in the WWE.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: A wrestling rock band as 3MB.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Slater (who had endured a run of getting embarrassed by several weeks worth of over-the-hill returning legends) finally got a win against Doink the Clown. Then an audio cue hit... "BANG!!" Out comes DDP, ostensibly to congratulate Slater on finally winning a match. Instead, Slater eats a Diamond Cutter.
    • Just to put the icing on the "poor Slater" cake, it wasn't even the real Doink that he beat.note 

Alternative Title(s): Heath Miller