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Scott Colton (born May 6, 1980 in Chicago) is an Americanmarker professional wrestler better known by his ring name Colt Cabana. Colton is most notably known from his time in Ring of Honor, which he is currently employed by. Colton also wrestled as Scotty Goldman in World Wrestling Entertainment and as Matt Classic in MTV's Wrestling Society X.

He began his professional wrestling career in ROH, where he was placed in a rivalry with CM Punk before uniting with Punk and Ace Steel to form the Second City Saints alliance. He later formed a tag team with Punk to win the World Tag Team Championship twice. He also had rivalries with Homicide and then-World Champion Bryan Danielson. He has also toured in countries outside of the United States, and he was a part of the short lived Wrestling Society X on MTV in late 2006, where he portrayed an "old school" wrestling persona. In 2007, he left ROH to wrestle in Ohio Valley Wrestling, a developmental territory of World Wrestling Entertainment, where he won the Television Championship once and the Southern Tag Team Championship once with Charles Evans and once with Shawn Spears. He made several appearances with WWE on its SmackDown brand before being released from his contract in February 2009.

Professional wrestling career

Ring of Honor

Scott Colton was trained by Chris Guy (Ace Steel) and Danny Dominion, alongside Phil Brooks (CM Punk). He broke into Ring of Honor with the name Colt Cabana as CM Punk's rival before joining Punk's alliance, the Second City Saints. Cabana and Punk later became two–time ROH Tag Team Champions. With Punk becoming a singles star, Cabana feuded with Austin Aries and Nigel McGuinness. On August 13, 2005 Cabana defeated Punk in a two out of three falls match in their hometown of Chicago in what was supposed to be Punk's last ROH match before going to World Wrestling Entertainment.

Between August 2005 and April 2006, Cabana was involved in a feud with Homicide, which featured Cabana being strangled with a metal coat hanger, bleeding from numerous chair shots, having Drāno poured down his throat, being piledriven off the ring apron through a table, and getting his head crushed between a ladder. On April 1, 2006 in Chicago, Colt Cabana finally got his revenge and earned the respect of Homicide after a Chicago Street Fight, which saw the feud settled with a handshake and an embrace.

After his decisive victory against Homicide, Colt Cabana challenged the ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson for the World Championship at Ring of Honor's 100th show on April 22, 2006 in Philadelphiamarker. Danielson defeated him in less than five minutes. Feeling he lost the match because he had spent the past eight months "brawling" as opposed to wrestling, Cabana rededicated himself. He eventually earned a rematch against Danielson at Chi-Town Struggle on June 24, though he once again lost. Cabana received one last shot against Danielson for the ROH World Championship on August 26. The two fought to a 60-minute time limit draw in a two out of three falls match, with each wrestler earning one fall.

In October 2006, Cabana was involved in an auto accident with fellow Ring of Honor stars Adam Pearce and Dave Prazak. Cabana was driving from a Ring of Honor event in Dayton, Ohiomarker when he lost control of their car due to the weather conditions. The car was totaled but everyone was wearing seat belts, which saved their lives. It was initially reported that Cabana had to have a toe amputated, though in reality he had only bruised it. Despite the injury, Cabana wrestled the next night in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Pearce and Prazak also walked away with bruises but were otherwise fine.

On April 3, 2007 it was revealed by the Ring of Honor website that Colton had signed a WWE developmental contract and would soon leave to begin working for their developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. At Good Times, Great Memories (named in his honor), held on April 28 in Chicago, Cabana defeated long-time friend and fellow Chicago wrestler Adam Pearce.

Wrestling Society X

In November 2006, Colton taped several matches for Wrestling Society X (WSX), a new wrestling series on MTV. He competed under the name Matt Classic, who is a throwback to the wrestlers of the 1950s and 1960s. His gimmick used "old school" moves such as the skull vice and the abdominal stretch as finishers. To further enhance his gimmick as an old school wrestler, his WSX profile listed him as having won the Heavyweight Championship in 1952 (28 years before he was born). According to Kevin Kleinrock, the plan was for Cabana to appear in season two as "Letterman" Colt Cabana, the frat brother of Matt Sydal and Sydal's girlfriend Lizzy Valentine would be cheating on Sydal with Cabana. The Matt Classic gimmick was created as a way to "bring Colt into the WSX family" in the first season, and Kleinrock said they did not expect the character to catch on.

Outside the US

In 2004 and 2005, Colton went on extensive tours of Europe, competing in Scotland, Germany and France, but mainly England. He received the 2004 Match of the Year in a European rounds style bout with World of Sport journeyman, Johnny Kidd. Cabana also did a short tour of Puerto Rico for IWA PR in early 2005. During 2006, Cabana would become a popular wrestler in the Britishmarker promotion 1 Pro Wrestling (1PW) often tag teaming with Darren Burridge as Team SHAG (Street Hooligans Adventure Gang). During 1PW's first anniversary show Team SHAG won the 1PW Tag Team Championship during a three way ladder match against the defending champions Jonny Storm and Jody Fleisch, and the Southern Comfort team of Tracey Smothers and Chris Hamrick.

Cabana also made his Japanese debut for Zero 1 Max in 2006. In a later tour, he formed an alliance with Steve Corino and Yoshi known as the P Force Men, which wore all pink outfits. Colt's also appeared and wrestled for Ireland's Irish Whip Wrestling, Austria's Rings of Europe and various Montreal & Toronto Canadian independents. Colton's final European appearance as an independent wrestler took place at UK promotion 1PW on April 6, 2007 where he, along with fellow Team SHAG member Darren Burridge, successfully defended the 1PW Tag Team Championship against Doug Williams and Nigel McGuinness, before formally retiring his half of the title.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2007-2009)

Colton has also worked a number of preliminary matches in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its Heat and Velocity shows. On one occasion, he competed under the name Chris Guy, the real name of his trainer Ace Steel. The real Chris Guy wrestled in a match for WWE in 2004 under the name of Scott Colton, Colton's real name.

On April 3, 2007 it was announced that Colton had signed a contract with WWE. He was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, their developmental territory, and made his debut at a TV taping on May 30. Wrestling as Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana, he lost to Michael W. Kruel in the first round of a tournament to determine who would face The Miz at an OVW live event on June 8. He won his first match in OVW when he forced the Belgium Brawler to submit with the Chicago Crab on June 23. After helping Al Snow regain the role of OVW Troubleshooter from Kruel, Cabana became involved in the OVW Television Championship picture, defeating champion Shawn Spears by countout on August 11. Cabana twice came close to winning the title only to be denied by the TV time-limit expiring. Cabana defeated Spears on October 31, 2007 to win the OVW Television title. When OVW was replaced by Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) as the WWE developmental territory, Colt Cabana was moved down to FCW.

On the August 15, 2008 edition of SmackDown, Colton made his debut as Scotty Goldman, losing to The Brian Kendrick. On the August 22 edition of SmackDown, Goldman was a participant in the 10-man battle royal match to determine a qualifier for the WWE Championship scramble match at Unforgiven. Goldman lost after being eliminated by Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. His last singles match on SmackDown! was a quick loss against The Great Khali. He appeared in an Elimination Chamber qualifying battle royal on the February 6, 2009 edition but was eliminated first. This was his first appearance on TV in almost five months. Colton had a show on WWE.com, called Good as Goldman, formerly known as What's Crackin'?, which premiered on January 14, 2009. He, however, received his release from his WWE contract on February 20, 2009. His final match for WWE, a losing effort to Umaga, was aired on the February 20 episode of SmackDown. During his tenure on the main roster of WWE, he was mainly utilized as a jobber.

Return to the independent circuit and Ring of Honor

On February 21, 2009, Colton made his return to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla at Express Written Consent where he, as Colt Cabana, challenged Chris Hero for the PWG World Championship in a 3-way match which also included Human Tornado. Hero was able to retain his belt by pinning Tornado and afterwards promised Cabana a 1-on-1 shot at the belt. On March 14, 2009, he was defeated by Loca Vida at 2CW in Binghamton, NY in a classic comedy match.

On March 21, 2009, he made his surprise return to Ring of Honor. In a tag match at the ROH 7th Anniversary Show, Bryan Danielson and his mystery partner, the returning Colt Cabana, defeated Bison Smith and his mystery partner who was revealed to be the also returning Jimmy Rave.

On April 25, Colton received an ROH World Title shot against Jerry Lynn but lost.

On June 6, Colt Cabana debuted on Ring of Honor's HDNet Program, teaming with Brent Albright. On June 27 he beat D'Lo Brown on a ROH show.

At the September 22 tapings of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's weekly television program Impact!, Colton, under his Colt Cabana persona, wrestled in a dark match, where he defeated Puma.

Personal life

Colton went to Western Michigan Universitymarker and played on their football team until graduating in 2002 with a degree in Business marketing. While there he became friends with Matt Cappotelli, who went on to win WWE Tough Enough 3. Colton and CM Punk are good friends in real life, and they are both mentioned in Kidd Russell's single "I'll Do One." Russell also performed the "Copa Cabana" remix that Colton used as entrance music with his Colt Cabana persona.

Colton is Jewish. He has a brother named Greg Colton, who works on Fox Network's Family Guy.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves




  • Signature moves








  • Entrance themes
    • "Boom Boom" by Kidd Russell (ROH)
    • "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow (ROH)
    • "Super Freak" by Rick James (ROH; Used at Testing the Limit as a tribute to Rick James)
    • "Copacabana (Remix)" by Barry Manilow and Kidd Russell (ROH / Independent circuit)
    • "Anarchy" by Peter Northcote and Lindsay Jehan (WWE)


Championship and accomplishments

  • All-Star Championship Wrestling / NWA Wisonsin
    • ACW/NWA Wisconsin Heavyweight Championship (1 time)




  • Insane Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)


  • International Wrestling Cartel
    • IWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • IWC Super Indy Championship (1 time)


  • Landmark Wrestling Federation
    • LWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)










  • Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 Great Lakes
    • WORLD-1 Great Lakes Openweight Championship (1 time)




  • Steel Domain Wrestling
    • SDW Television Championship (1 time)




  • Other titles
    • ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkana Television Championship (4 times)
    • MMW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • PWF Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)


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