He competed on the independent circuit in both Japan and the United States before signing with the WWE in 2011.
In 2013, he was ranked #145 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's list of the top 500 singles wrestlers.
He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has two kids with Jamie Ruud, whom he married in 2010.
He became a member of the Wyatt Family after Bray Wyatt introduced him as his "second son."