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Dexter Lumis
Lumis in June 2019
Birth nameSamuel Shaw
Born (1984-01-17) January 17, 1984 (age 36)[1]
Jacksonville, Florida, United States[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Boss Hogg[3]
Dexter Lumis
Sam Shaw[1]
Samuel Shaw[4]
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[4]
Billed weight239 lb (108 kg)[4]
Billed fromJacksonville Beach, Florida[4]
Recluse, Wyoming[5]
Trained byCurtis Hughes[3]
WWA4 Wrestling School[3]
Bubba Ray Dudley
D-Von Dudley
DebutSeptember 21, 2007[3]

Samuel Shaw (born January 17, 1984) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Dexter Lumis.

He is also known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Samuel Shaw, where he is a former TNA Gut Check winner. In addition, he competed in TNA's then-developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he was a two time Southern Tag Team Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2007–2010)[edit]

After training with Curtis Hughes at the WWA4 Wrestling School,[3] Shaw made his professional wrestling debut on September 21, 2007 at World League Wrestling,[3] where he teamed up with Tookie Tucker to defeat Marco Cordova and Otis Idol in a tag team match.[6] Shaw lost to Bruce Santee on August 3, 2009 at Full Impact Pro.[6] On August 21, 2010, he took on VFX at Victory Pro Wrestling in a match for VPW New York State Championship and was also part of a 23-Man Gold Rush Rumble and lost both matches.[6] On May 18 Shaw teamed up with QT Marshall in a losing effort to The Briscoe Brothers for Ring of Honor Wrestling. He has also wrestled sporadically for Pro Wrestling Extreme.[6]

Independent circuit (2010–2012)[edit]

On April 18, 2009, Shaw debuted for Vintage Wrestling defeating Nooie Lee on his debut.[7] Just over a month later on May 30, Shaw defeated Glacier to become the first Vintage Heavyweight Champion. Over the months Shaw would defend his championship on multiple occasions against the likes of Tyson Tomko and Jesse Neal. Shaw would finally lose the championship to Thomas Marr on February 2, 2011.[7] On April 17, Shaw would become a second time champion after winning the vacant Vintage Heavyweight Championship and would lose it to Jesse Neal on September 11.[7] In 2011, Shaw participated in the King Of The State tournament and reached the finals before losing to Francisco Ciatso.[7] On May 14, Shaw would win his third Vintage Heavyweight Championship by defeating Aaron Epic. On September 3, Shaw was part of a title vs title match where the Vintage Heavyweight Championship and the Vintage Internet Championship were on the line, Shaw won the match after Simon Sez was disqualified which also meant the championship would not change hands.[7] He lost the Vintage Heavyweight Championship to Francisco Ciatso on June 6, 2012. His last match for the company took place a month later in a fatal four-way match for the Vintage Heavyweight Championship which Milo Beasley won.[7]

On August 8, 2011, in his debut match for Florida Underground Wrestling, he took on Romeo Razel and Sideshow in a three-way match and won, this would lead to a shot at the FUW Heavyweight Champion, Bruce Santee, which Shaw lost.[8] On June 28, 2012, he took on Wes Brisco FUW Cuban Heavyweight Championship, where he lost. His last match for FUW came in the form of a win on June 30 against James Alexander.[8]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

Gut Check (2010–2013)[edit]

Shaw's first appearance for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) was on August 8, 2010 in Hardcore Justice as Lupus, Shaw attacked Tommy Dreamer in his match against Raven before he was attacked by special referee Mick Foley with a Mandible Claw. Shaw's first match for TNA came on August 9, 2010, in a dark match against Jesse Neal which he lost. On the December 30 episode of TNA Impact!, Shaw accompanied Jeff Jarrett to the ring as part of his entourage in his $100,000 Double J MMA Challenge against Little Red.

In 2012, Shaw was a participant in the monthly Gut Check on IMPACT. Although his chances were nearly ruined after he was attacked by Aces & Eights, Shaw got a second chance the following week and was defeated by Doug Williams in his Gut Check match. The Gut Check judges were impressed and awarded Shaw a contract and a spot on the TNA roster.[9] In actuality, Shaw was signed to a developmental contract.[10] Shaw returned to Impact Wrestling on November 22, defeating fellow Gut Check winner Alex Silva.[11]

On January 12, 2013, Shaw appeared at TNA X-Travaganza, wrestling in a seven-man Xscape match, which was won by Christian York, that aired on April 5, 2013. On March 17, 2013, Shaw appeared at TNA Hardcore Justice 2 where he was part of a nine-man Hardcore Gauntlet Battle Royal, which was won by Shark Boy, that aired on July 5, 2013. Shaw returned on the May 23 edition of Impact Wrestling defeating Alex Silva (by decision since Aces & Eights attacked Silva) to advance into the finals of the Bound for Glory Series tournament to face Jay Bradley at Slammiversary. Shaw lost to Bradley at Slammiversary.

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2012–2013)[edit]

Shaw was then assigned to TNA's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), making his televised debut on October 13, 2012.[12] He then began teaming with Alex Silva, forming a regular tag team over the coming weeks. On December 1, Shaw and Silva defeated Jessie Godderz and Rudy Switchblade to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship.[13] They lost the title to Crimson and Jason Wayne on January 16, 2013.[14] But regained the titles having their second reign on February 27, 2013. However, they lost the titles to The Coalition on April 3, 2013.[15] The following week, Shaw was attacked backstage by the Coalition. Shaw would return to OVW TV on May 4 after revealing that he had been under the mask of the Coalition's Gillyman for several weeks and was put in a one-on-one match against Jason Wayne at the May 11 Saturday Night Special. He would have his in-ring return the following week one-on-one against Godderz. Shaw would continue his war with the Coalition in a victory over Jason Wayne at the May 11 Saturday Night Special and a victory over Crimson on the May 18 episode of OVW TV.

Samuel Shaw (2013–2015)[edit]

On November 21 during Impact Wrestling: Turning Point, Shaw appeared in an at home interview with Christy Hemme. During the interview, he asked to be called Samuel Shaw and also portrayed a character similar to Patrick Bateman of the film and book American Psycho,[16] as well as a ring attire similar to the clothes worn by Dexter Morgan. On the January 2, 2014 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shaw made his debut by defeating Norv Fernum via submission, during which he made continuous glares at Hemme who was at ringside.[17] Shaw later became an obsessed fan of Hemme, and started asking her on dates, including one in his house where it was shown how Shaw had a room full of posters and pictures of Hemme.[18] On the February 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hemme confronted Shaw about the mannequin and the room full of posters.[19] On the February 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shaw attacked Mr. Anderson in a rage after watching Hemme and Anderson converse for several minutes. Shaw then carried Hemme away after she was accidentally caught up in the ruckus and injured. On the February 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shaw would confront Hemme in an attempt to explain himself. After failing and being interrupted by Mr. Anderson, Shaw would solidify himself as a heel after using Hemme as a shield to fend off Mr. Anderson who was attempting to exact revenge for the previous week. Shaw would use his kata gatame finishing move to choke out Mr. Anderson.

On the March 6 edition of Impact Wrestling, Samuel Shaw faced off against Eric Young with Mr. Anderson replacing Hemme as the ring announcer for the match. Anderson's presence at ringside ultimately cost Shaw the match as he would be disqualified due to Anderson's distraction. After the match, Shaw would choke out Anderson like last week then claim he was "going to claim what was rightfully his," heading for the backstage area where Hemme had been watching via a ring monitor. At Lockdown on March 9, 2014, Shaw defeated Mr. Anderson after escaping the cage following the use of Christy Hemme as a distraction by pulling Hemme through the camera cut-out of the steel cage, Anderson successfully rescued Hemme but was caught in Shaw's kata gatame. The previously unconscious referee only saw Samuel Shaw escape the cage thus declaring him the winner. Shaw lost a rematch against Anderson on the following Impact Wrestling bringing a mannequin dressed as Christy Hemme to the ring. On April 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Shaw defeated Mr. Anderson in a Straitjacket match after rendering him unconscious following two kata gatame attempts. At TNA Sacrifice, Anderson defeated Shaw in a Committed match, whereby he put Shaw into a van heading for a psychiatric facility for intervention.

The next time Shaw appeared on TV was on May 22 episode of iMPACT Wrestling at the psychiatric facility. A man walked in and said that Shaw had a visitor who was later revealed to be Gunner. Gunner said he was going to help him with his obsession with Hemme and with his insanity. Over the weeks following, segments were shown in which Gunner tried to help Shaw in various ways by explaining to Shaw why he understood what Shaw was going through and participating in various activities like going through Shaw's drawings & playing Go Fish with Shaw, which eventually led to Shaw being released under Gunner's supervision on June 26 episode of iMPACT. On July 3, he returned and apologized to Christy Hemme as well as to Mr. Anderson, who gave Samuel Shaw another chance to be friends with him as long as he followed Gunner's supervision, acted as a face. On October 22, 2014 episode on Impact, Shaw turned heel after he hit Gunner with a steel chair and aligned with Brittany. The alliance between Shaw and Brittany ended after she did not resign with TNA. His final TNA match took place on June 19, 2015, against Crimson on TNA Xplosion. During the Christy Hemme storyline, he was dubbed as the 'creepy bastard'.

On June 21, 2015, Shaw officially announced his departure from the company.[20]

Return to the independent circuit (2015–2019)[edit]

In May 2015, Shaw debuted for Vintage Wrestling. In his first match on May 16, 2015, Shaw defeated Nick Fame and the next day on May 17, 2015, Shaw, BeastMode (Biff Slater & Don Maximo), Leo Gold and Mike Cruz faced The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis), Francisco Ciatso, Simon Sez & The Afro Boy in a losing effort. On September 2016, Shaw debuted for Full Throttle Pro Wrestling. In his first match on September 17, 2016, Shaw defeated Shannon Moore. On June 23, 2018, Shaw defeated M.V.P. and Papadon to win the vacant FTPW Championship. He would lose the title on October 20, 2018, against Barrington Hughes in a match that also included Shannon Moore.

On March 18, 2017, at Tried N True/Global Force Wrestling The Art Of War II, Shaw defeated Crimson to become the inaugural TNT Champion. Shaw held the title 658 days until he lost it to Crazzy Steve at the NWA Pop-Up Event on January 5, 2019.[21]

On October 21, 2018 at the National Wrestling Alliance's NWA 70th Anniversary Show, Shaw defeated Colt Cabana, Sammy Guevara and Scorpio Sky in a fatal four-way elimination to go on to a match for the vacant NWA National Championship later that night. However, he was defeated by Willie Mack in the finals. On December 9, Shaw was defeated in a championship rematch by Mack at Championship Wrestling From Hollywood.[22]

WWE (2019–present)[edit]

It was announced on February 11, 2019, that Shaw had signed a contract with WWE and that he would report to the WWE Performance Center.[23] He made his debut at an NXT house show on March 16, losing to Fabian Aichner.[24] After debuting under his real name, his ring name was changed to Dexter Lumis in June.[25] In the same month, it was announced that Lumis would compete in a tournament named the NXT Breakout Tournament.[26] On the July 17 episode of NXT, Lumis lost in the first round of the tournament to Bronson Reed.[27] On the March 25 episode of NXT, a vignette aired promoting Lumis' return. The following week, he defeated Jake Atlas. On the April 22, 2020 episode of NXT, he assisted Velveteen Dream in defeating The Undisputed Era in a tag team match after Dream's partner, Keith Lee, was taken out by Damian Priest.[28] On the May 6 episode of NXT, Lumis once again attempted to assist Dream in his NXT Championship match against Adam Cole but accidentally knocked out the referee thus costing Dream the match and the title.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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