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

Heath Wallace Miller (born July 13, 1983) is an American professional wrestler from Pineville, West Virginia, best known for his time in 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. He was released from WWE in 2020, and has surfaced in Impact Wrestling dropping the Slater last name.

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 also 1x Impact Tag Team champion with Rhyno.

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

He's got tropes, he needs this job:

  • Action Dad: To daughter Snow. His "I've Got a Family" gimmick mentions that he needs the WWE job to support his daughter and wife.
  • The Artifact: His current theme, More Than One Man, was made for the 3MB stable.
  • 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 latter was actually a subversion outside of Kayfabe, though, as it heralded the start of Heath's "free agent" storyline, a major and unexpected push that ended with him becoming one of the inaugural Smackdown Tag Team Champions together with Rhyno.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm the one man Southern rock band, baby!"
    • "I got kids, I need this job!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After losing their rematch for the tag team titles on the 12/6/16 edition of Smackdown Live, Rhyno pointed out how he'd always do the brunt of the work with Heath taking the win (which Heath pointed out, in a meta sense, that it was kinda the whole point of their team) and that Heath's heart hadn't really been in it for their rematch; Heath retorted that, as long as they were "keeping score", Rhyno lost the titles for them at TLC, which Rhyno responded to by walking off without a word.
  • 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.
  • Epic Fail: Attempted to body slam Big Van Vader during their match in the lead-up to RAW 1000. "Attempted" being the operative word there.
  • Evil Redhead/Celebrity Resemblance: Cena infamously labeled him "The chick from Wendy's".
  • Finishing Move: Sweetness.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In middle 2016
  • 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.
    • Also his aforementioned attempt to body slam Vader meant he basically Crossbodied himself.
  • 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 SmackDown 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.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: His feud with WWE Legends.
  • 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.
    • Later 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".
  • The Reliable One: Something easy to overlook is that, while Slater may appear to just be another no-respect jobber on the WWE roster, they're apparently willing to put a lot of faith in him. During his initial run on The Nexus, it was Slater who WWE trusted to work with the aging and worn-out Bret Hart during the Team Nexus vs Team WWE match at SummerSlam. 2 years later, during the build-up to the 1000th episode of RAW when WWE wanted to bring back a lot of former legends, it was again Slater who was selected to work with and sell for the likes of Vader, Sycho Sid, Road Warrior Animal and Bob Backlund (who was 62 at the time). He's apparently regarded backstage as both a very safe worker and an excellent seller, an unglamorous position but a very valued one.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • He's partnered with Rhyno to enter and eventually win the SmackDown Live Tag Team Tournament. They would reform said partnership in Impact.
  • 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