Home: Washington, D.C.
Theme Music: "What'cha Want" by Beastie Boys
Fan Reaction: Heel
Event Role: Main Eventer
Manager: Mr. Black
Finisher: Final Verdict (Chokeslam)
Signature Moves: D.C. Drop (Facebuster), Hung Jury (Hell's Gate)
Other Significant Moves: Canadian Backbreaker, Scoop Powerslam, Sidewalk Slam, Big Elbow Drop
3x World Heavyweight Champion
1x Intercontinental Champion
1x Royal Rumble Winner (Year 1)
1x King of the Ring Tournament Winner (Year 3)
Many don't believe the background story of Eric Executioner when they first hear it. The tall, physically-impressive grappler was actually one of the most successful criminal defense lawyers in the nation's capital. Eric was raised in a strict Christian home in the D.C. area and graduated from Georgetown University with a law degree. He took a prestigious offer from a well-known firm and concentrated solely on representing very villainous offenders. In fact, Eric was so good at understanding the law and getting a read on the judges and juries he faced that he got multiple clients acquitted due to his exploitation of small technicalities and loopholes. But his early courtroom success went to his head fast, and his overconfidence and need to win at all costs ended up costing him dearly. In a very tough case, Eric was representing a man accused of murder. In his quest to win, Eric forged documents and tampered with evidence which led to his client being set free despite many doubts of his innocence. As a result of his actions during the case, Eric was charged and sentenced to 3 years in prison. He lost his license to practice law and was fired in disgrace from his firm. Prison was tough for Eric and his demeanor and body changed majorly during his time served. He became a very angry, vengeful man. His once scrawny physique became a built, muscular and intimidating figure. He got several tattoos, each with a secret meaning that he refuses to reveal. After Eric was released, he found himself needing to release the built-up aggression and discovered a local wrestling training camp. On the first day of camp, Eric knocked out one of the trainers with a vicious punch and injured another with a well-executed slam. The fear Eric produced in others bled into his character, and fans were shocked at the monster heel that tore through multiple independent leagues. The intrigue and story behind him led to a WWE contract. WWE officials loved his potential and knew that they would be able to harness his anger in a more positive manner. He may be competing in a more controlled environment but it seems like for Eric, the personal vengeance will always be there.
Year 1: Began the year as a member of the Smackdown brand... In May, he and Mack Wheeler formed an alliance and would compete as a tag team regularly... He very quickly rose up the ranks and in July, he became the #1 contender for the Intercontinental Title... The then-current I.C. champ was Carson Pain, which he feuded with for most of the remainder of the year... At the Night of Champions PPV, he won the match against Carson by DQ when Eric brought the title belt into the ring and after a short tug-of-war, Eric was accidentally struck and the ref ruled the accidental hit against Carson... Eric didn't win the belt, but it added to the developing feud between them... In August they met again over the Intercontinental Title at the Summerslam PPV, but Carson won by submission... In September, Carson became #1 contender for Ace's World Heavyweight Title and was scheduled for 2 matches at the upcoming PPV, including another Intercontinental Title defense against Eric... At the Hell in a Cell PPV, Eric finally defeated Carson to win the belt but his rival beat Ace later that night to win the World title... In October, he and Ace feuded with Carson but Gravedigger got involved as well... At the Bragging Rights PPV, Eric and Ace teamed with Raw's Big Mutha Trucker to face the team of Carson, Gravedigger and Antonio Jordan in a "Good vs. Evil" 6-man tag match, but the "Good" team was victorious... In November, Eric became #1 contender while still reigning as Intercontinental champ... This led to Eric being scheduled for 2 matches at Survivor Series, similar to Carson's situation months ago... Eric vowed to win both matches against rivals Gravedigger (for the I.C. Title) and Carson (for the World Title) at the PPV... He got upset by Gravedigger in the show-opening match and lost the Intercontinental Title, but made up for it by beating Carson in the main event to win his first World Heavyweight Title... Carson wanted an immediate rematch days later, but Smackdown GM Teddy Long instead scheduled a TLC match for the belt at the upcoming PPV... At the TLC PPV, Eric and Carson had a "Match of the Year"-type bout but unfortunately for Eric, Carson knocked him off the ladder at the last second and reclaimed the World title... He faced off against Carson in a rematch at the Royal Rumble PPV, but Carson retained... Later that night, Eric entered the 30-man Royal Rumble match at entry #26 and went on to win the match, earning a spot in the WrestleMania main event... In February, he won a qualifying match for a spot in the Elimination Chamber match... At the Elimination Chamber PPV, Eric was the 4th man eliminated and Carson eventually won the match to retain the belt again... This set up an intense final encounter between Eric and Carson, a World Heavyweight Title match in the WrestleMania main event... The feud got extremely heated in the buildup to the PPV... At WrestleMania, Eric defeated Carson again to win his 2nd World Title
Year 2: Began the year as the reigning World Heavyweight champ... In April, Ace challenged Eric to a title match and they met at the Backlash PPV, but Eric won to retain... In May, Krizz Torture won a #1 contender's battle royal to earn a title shot... At the Extreme Rules PPV, Eric defeated Krizz to retain the belt again... In June, his feud with Ace was renewed and they met again with the World Title on the line... At The Bash PPV, Eric attacked Ace with the belt in plain view of the ref, earning a DQ loss but still retaining the belt... Ace demanded a rematch, and they fought again at the Night of Champions PPV in July... The match had a No DQ stipulation, which Eric used to his advantage and won the match in brutal fashion... Ace left with an injury and was out of action for several months... Entering August, no clear contender was determined and Eric put out an open challenge... He was attacked by Gravedigger and that open challenge turned into a 6-man battle royal, which Gravedigger won to become the new #1 contender... Eric and Gravedigger met at the Summerslam PPV in a Steel Cage match, and Gravedigger escaped first to win his first World Title... In September, tensions between Eric and longtime ally Mack Wheeler developed as Eric was upset over losing the title... He challenged Gravedigger to a rematch, and they met in a Hell in a Cell match at the namesake PPV... It was a brutal match between them, but Gravedigger won to retain the title... In October, a 6-man Hell in a Cell match was announced where the 2 top champions from each brand and 4 challengers were selected to compete, where a possible winning challenger could earn a title shot at the Survivor Series PPV... Eric competed in the match at the Bragging Rights PPV, but Ace won the match to earn a World Title shot... At the Survivor Series PPV, Eric attacked Mack backstage which officially ended their partnership... Mack retaliated and demanded to face Eric in a PPV match... At the TLC PPV, the former friends faced off in an Extreme Rules match and Eric won the bout... In January, Mack challenged World champ Ace to a title match but Eric and Gravedigger took exception to that, leading to a 4-way title match... At the Royal Rumble PPV, Ace outlasted his 3 challengers including pinning Eric last to retain the title... Eric also participated in the 30-man Royal Rumble match later that night, but was unsuccessful to winning his second-straight Rumble match... In February, he competed in the Elimination Chamber match for the World Title at the namesake PPV but failed to win... After the PPV, he was approached by the mysterious Mr. Black and enlisted him as his new manager... Under Mr. Black's guide, Eric had a radical change in demeanor, becoming a silent yet overly-aggressive monster... Eric's feud with Gravedigger continued and grew in intensity, leading to a No DQ "Loser Leaves the Brand" match... At WrestleMania, Eric defeated Gravedigger in brutal fashion to win the match, causing serious injury to Gravedigger and officially sending him to the Raw brand
Year 3: Began the year aligned with creepy manager Mr. Black... He continued to aggressively dominate the Smackdown brand, culminating in a last-minute entry into the King of the Ring Tournament in June... Eric defeated Paulie Dominos, Guy Justice and H.E.R.O. to qualify for the King of the Ring PPV final against Raw representative Renegade... Eric defeated Renegade to win the King of the Ring Tournament and earn a World Heavyweight Title match at the upcoming Night of Champions PPV... In July, Eric and Mr. Black attacked and intimidated World champ Rebel Ford and Women's champ Eve in the buildup to their title match... At the Night of Champions PPV, Eric defeated Rebel to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Title... A few days later, Mr. Black ended his lengthy silence and cut a scathing monologue, accusing everyone of "allowing" Eric to rise up the ranks and win the belt... Rebel demanded a rematch, but Eric & Mr. Black began to play psychological games with him... At the conclusion of an episode of Smackdown, they abducted Eve and held her captive for a week, apparently performing strange mind control techniques on her... Rebel managed to save her, but the damage was already done, and Mr. Black gave Rebel an offer to deliberately lose the title rematch to end his control over her... At the Summerslam PPV, Rebel fought hard and worried Mr. Black, who ordered Eric to take a DQ loss in order to preserve both Eric's title reign and Mr. Black's threat to continue his psychological control... In September, Eric & Mr. Black caused Eve to lose her Women's Title, and she ended her relationship with Rebel and took an extended vacation... Her absence caused Rebel to have a mental breakdown, which seemed to concern Mr. Black as Rebel attacked Eric seeking revenge... Rebel demanded a Hell in a Cell match, and Mr. Black offered to put the World Title on the line despite Eric's objections... At the Hell in a Cell PPV, Eric and Rebel had a ferocious battle... Eric broke Rebel's ankle and eventually won the match to retain his title