Shane Haste

Shane Haste
6' 2" (188 cm)
220 lbs (100 kg)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
high-flying, high-risk style in-ring technical wrestling
Trained By:
Davis Storm & Naomichi Marufuji
Trademark Moves:
Bomb Valley Death, GTFO, Lariat, Frog Splash
In Ring Achievements:
EPW Heavyweight Championship, EPW Tag Team Championship (2x) (Australia), UWN Tag Team Championship (United States), GHC Tag Team Championship (2x) (Japan)
Home Promotion:
NJPW (Current)
Short Bio:
Haste was trained in Perth at the Dynamite Factory, the wrestling school of Explosive Pro Wrestling, starting out with EPW in Australia.

Shane Haste is trained by aussie great Davis Storm (WA) as well as overseas great Naomichi Marufuji (Japan).

His debut match took place at the Uprising event on 22 February 2003 in a four-way match under the Shane Haste ring name.

He won the EPW Heavyweight Championship once and the EPW Tag Team Championship twice (2x).

After working all over the Australian continent, he moved to California, United States, and started working for independent wrestling promotions in the US, such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) and World League Wrestling (WLW).

Shane Haste wrestled for Pro Wrestling Noah (2011–2016).

On 23 February 2011, Haste made his debut in Pro Wrestling Noah as he had a tryout match against his teammate Mikey Nicholls. A month after the try-out match, both men started to work full-time with the Japanese promotion.

Haste and Nicholls, known together as The Mighty Don't Kneel (TMDK), won the GHC Tag Team Championship (2x).

At the end of 2013, the Tokyo Sports magazine named Haste and Nicholls the tag team of the year, making them the first foreign team to win the award since Stan Hansen and Vader in 1998.

On 28 December 2015, Noah announced that Nicholls and Haste would leave the promotion following their contracts expiring at the end of the year.

On 11 February 2016, Noah announced that Nicholls and Haste would return to the promotion the following month to take part in a five-show-long farewell tour, entitled "Departure to the World".

Their final Noah match took place on 10 March and saw them defeat Naomichi Marufuji and Mitsuhiro Kitamiya.

Also in February 2012, Haste and Nicholls wrestled television matches for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH).

Also in March 2012, Haste and Nicholls started wrestling for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).

On 20 December 2014, Nicholls and Haste made their debut for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) returning to Japan, when they, along with Naomichi Marufuji, were revealed as Toru Yano's tag team partners at Wrestle Kingdom 9 on 4 January 2015.

At the event, the four defeated Suzuki-gun (Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton X Benjamin and Takashi Iizuka) in an eight-man tag team match.

Haste and Nicholls signed with WWE (2015–2018).

Haste and Nicholls joined NXT renamed Shane Thorne and Nick Miller, respectively, while TMDK was renamed TM-61.

On 19 November, at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, TM-61 lost in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic to the Authors of Pain.

Thorne then had knee surgery, which was expected to sideline him for seven to nine months. He returned on 14 September.

TM-61 then entered the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, being eliminated by the Authors of Pain in the first round.

The team was officially renamed The Mighty on the 6 June episode of NXT.

On 14 December, Miller was released from his WWE contract, disbanding the team.

On 22 January 2019, WWE announced that Thorne would be replacing Otis Dozovic in the Worlds Collide tournament.

Thorne was eliminated in the first round by Adam Cole.

Following this, Thorne would mainly wrestle at NXT live events for the next several months.

Thorne would then return to television on 7 August episode of NXT, defeating Joaquin Wilde (TNA's X Division Zema Ion / DJZ fame).

Main roster (2020–2021).

In March 2020, Thorne began appearing on Raw alongside his former TMDK stablemate Brendan Vink.

On 27 April episode of Raw, Thorne and Vink became MVP's newest associates, as he challenged Cedric Alexander and Ricochet to a match the next week on their behalf.

On 4 May episode of Raw, Thorne and Vink defeated Alexander and Ricochet, earning their first victory.

However, their alliance with MVP ended after they were both traded back to NXT and Thorne and Vink would quietly disband as a team soon after.

On 21 September 2020 episode of Raw, Thorne was revealed as one of the main members of the Retribution faction, under the new ring name Slapjack.

Retribution disbanded at the Fastlane Kickoff Show, where Reckoning and Slapjack walked out on leader Mustafa Ali, then T-Bar and Mace performed a double chokeslam on Ali after he lost a match for the WWE United States Championship to Riddle.

Following the split of Retribution, Slapjack would be quietly moved to SmackDown in April.

He wrestled in a dark match after the 16 July episode of SmackDown under his original Shane Thorne name.

He would wrestle two more dark matches in September with a loss to Keith Lee and a win over Austin Theory respectively.

On 18 November 2021, Thorne was released from his WWE contract without ever reappearing on television.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2022–present).

On the March 6, 2022 episode of NJPW Strong, Haste interfered in the tag team match between FinJuice (David Finlay and Juice Robinson) and the pairing of Jonah and Bad Dude Tito.

He attacked Robinson while the referee was distracted, allowing Tito to hit a frog splash on Robinson for the win.

This saw the reformation of TMDK, with Haste and Jonah tagging together (as Jonah was a member of the stable on the Australian independent scene).

May 14, 2022, at Capital Collision, Haste appeared for New Japan's American subsidiary, where he was reunited with Shane Haste.

TMDK and Bad Dude Tito defeated the United Empire, with Nicholls pinning Kyle Fletcher for the win.

Nicholls pointed to the stable's logo on his tights as Tito joined TMDK.

Haste and Nicholls then entered a tournament to become the inaugural Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, but they were defeated in the semifinals by the pairing of Christopher Daniels and Yuya Uemura.

Shane Haste has continued to wrestle for NJPW since.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2022–present)

On May 1, 2022, at Delivering the Goods, Haste was defeated by Jack Cartwheel; it was his first match in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla since 2009.

On July 3, at Nineteen, Haste defeated Titus Alexander.

Shane Haste has continued to wrestle for PWG since.

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