He began wrestling in the independent promotions, spending more than half a decade at the Heartland Wrestling Association, another four years at Insanity Pro Wrestling, and others, before making his way to WWE's developmental territory.
The most strident member of the team - he tackled Ryback at the Survivor Series 2012 with no concern for his own safety - he was also the most outspoken that the WWE lost its way.
He was born Jonathan Good in Cincinnati Ohio and raised mostly in public housing. In wrestling, he found an escape from his hardscrabble childhood.
He met his future Shield co-member Seth Rollins in the FCW, where the two wrestled to a stalemate over several rounds on FCW TV.