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Michael Shawn Hettinga (born on July 17, 1978) is an Americanmarker professional wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling on its SmackDown brand under the ring name Mike Knox.

Career

Independent circuit (2000–2005)

Hettinga worked for Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) in 2000. He tagged with Samoa Joe at UPW Proving Ground on December 12, 2000 in the Galaxy Theatre of Santa Ana, Californiamarker and defeated the debuting Al Katrazz with Basil. He also wrestled at UPW live against Samoa Joe for the Heavyweight Championship, but was unable to win the title.

After being trained by Steve "Navajo Warrior" Islas, Knox started wrestling for Islas' organization Impact Zone Wrestling in 2002. He would go on to be booked to win the Heavyweight Championship on two occasions and the Tag Team Championship with friend and rival Derek Neikirk on one occasion.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2005–present)

Knox was signed to a World Wrestling Entertainment developmental deal in February 2005, and made a handful of appearances on WWE shows, including one appearance as a masked "jihadist" for Muhammad Hassan, in the infamous segment that led to Hassan's ousting from WWE.

ECW (2006–2008)

Knox debuted on the June 20, 2006 episode of ECW as a heel by interfering in Kelly Kelly's striptease segment, coming from the backstage area and covering her with a towel before escorting her off stage, though he was unnamed on-screen at the time. It was later revealed that Kelly was Knox's on-screen girlfriend, and he informed her that he did not appreciate her stripping in front of anyone but him. For his in-ring debut, a win over Danny Doring, Kelly accompanied him to the ringside acting as a valet. Knox was pushed strongly, interfering in matches, and squashing his opponents. He later formed a short-lived tag team with Test before starting a feud with CM Punk, after growing jealous of Kelly Kelly's admiration towards Punk. CM Punk won every match in the feud, including a match which decided a spot in December to Dismember's Elimination Chamber match.

Knox made his pay-per-view debut at Survivor Series where he teamed up with Rated-RKO, but was the first man eliminated after taking a superkick from Shawn Michaels, and was subesquently mocked by D-Generation X, as he had a very bland and generic character compared to the other participants. His next pay-per-view appearance saw him abandon Kelly Kelly during a mixed tag team match against Kevin Thorn and Ariel at December to Dismember, resulting in his team's loss. He then attacked her on the next ECW on Sci Fi episode, breaking the duo up for good. Knox then disappeared after this for a while.

On February 13, 2007, Knox returned to ECW, jobbing to CM Punk and then once again disappeared from television for several months, returning to Deep South Wrestling. On March 1, 2007, Knox and Derek Neikirk, the reformed Team Elite, were booked to win the DSW Tag Team Championships for the first time, defeating the Major Brothers. After DSW closed, however, Knox was sent to WWE's Florida-based territory Florida Championship Wrestling.

Knox returned on September 11, 2007 episode of ECW, defeating Balls Mahoney. The next week, he lost in a rematch to Mahoney. He then squashed Nunzio the week after. The next week Knox went against ECW Champion CM Punk, again losing to Punk after a GTS from Punk. After months without any notable storylines he began a feud with Tommy Dreamer whom he defeated in a series of matches, including an Extreme Rules match on the 100th episode of ECW. He then began a feud with Finlay. After weeks of confrontation between the two, they finally had a match on the September 26 edition of ECW, where they had an ECW Championship scramble qualifying match, which was won by Finlay.

Raw (2008)

Mike Knox at a Puerto Rico house show.
On the October 27 and November 3, 2008, episodes of Raw, two vignettes were aired to promote his arrival on the brand. He debuted the following week, on November 10, defeating D-Lo Brown. He attacked Rey Mysterio two times over a period of three weeks. After losing to Mysterio, Knox attacked Rey once again. Interviewer Todd Grisham, asked Knox why he attacked Rey Mysterio and he answered saying he didn't know why. In a house show at Cape Girardeau, Mo., Knox received a push, winning a battle royal to become an entrant at the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out but failed to win as he was the second to be eliminated by Chris Jericho.

SmackDown (2009)

On April 15, 2009, Knox was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. He made his debut for the brand on the May 8, 2009 episode of SmackDown, defeating R-Truth in a singles match. On the August 14 edition of SmackDown, Knox debuted new elements to his gimmick which employ knowledge in biology and the human anatomy, of which he methodically uses to inflict pain upon his opponents. He has now appeared occastionally to job to other people occasionally winning matches.

Personal life

On April 7 2008, it was reported that a family in Locust Grove, Georgiamarker had discovered a stash of steroids, testosterone and human growth hormones hidden in the attic of their home which Hettinga used to occupy. Hettinga has given a statement to the police to the effect that the items were not his. Also found was a contract from the WWE, and a memorandum to WWE wrestlers in 2004 about their new dress code.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves




  • Signature moves






Championships and accomplishments



  • Impact Zone Wrestling
    • IZW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • IZW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Derek Neikirk




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