Michael Hutter (born March 18, 1983) is an American professional wrestler better known by the ring name Ethan Carter III (or simply EC3).
He was signed to Ring of Honor (ROH) until their hiatus that saw all talent be released. He also performs on the independent circuit.
He is best known for his tenures with Impact Wrestling and WWE, where he performed both under his EC3 ring name and, earlier, as Derrick Bateman.
Hutter began his professional wrestling career in 2002, and began wrestling for the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) promotion in 2007.
In 2009, he signed a contract with WWE, where he competed as Derrick Bateman.
He was assigned to WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with Johnny Curtis.
Also, he competed in the fourth and fifth seasons of NXT, a program where rookies, were with Pros.
He left WWE in May 2013 and then signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
He worked with the promotion as Ethan Carter III, the storyline nephew of TNA’s legit owner Dixie Carter.
He won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice and the Impact Grand Championship once.
He returned to WWE in January 2018, competing in NXT, before making his main roster debut in early 2019, where he held the WWE 24/7 Championship four times.
His second tenure with WWE ended in April 2020.
Hutter began his career in Cleveland wrestling regularly for several promotions in the Ohio region after making his debut.
He wrestled for Pro Wrestling Ohio, making his debut on episode nine of the television show, as an ally of M-Dogg 20, under the name the “Deviant” Michael Hutter.
He immediately began feuding with Josh Prohibition and Johnny Gargano and in the main event on episode 13 he teamed with Jason Bane to defeat Prohibition and Gargano.
He made his final appearance for the promotion on episode 16, losing to Prohibition in a match to determine the participants in a match for the PWO Heavyweight Championship.
On April 14, 2003 Hutter appeared at the Heat tapings prior to Raw as Mike Hunter, where he was defeated by Rodney Mack.
On July 24, 2006 he appeared again at Heat, where he teamed with Chris Cronus in a loss to Viscera and Charlie Haas.
He also appeared on Raw in August 2006, as a police officer with Shane McMahon who were to arrest D-Generation X.
Hutter made his Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) debut on the March 27, 2007 television tapings, where he lost to Tony Braddock in a dark match using his real name.
The following week, he lost to Mike Mondo in a dark match, before changing his ring name to Mike Hutter.
He competed in several more dark matches before the television tapings, teaming with Nick Nemeth and Chris Cage in a loss to Mike Kruel, Vladimir Kozlov and Boris Alexiev in a six-man tag team match, before losing to Mondo again.
On the April 25 television tapings, Hutter teamed with TJ Dalton and Jamin Olivencia in defeat to Pat Buck, Johnny Punch and Braddock, before losing to Del Electrico in a dark match on the May 2 tapings.
Throughout May, he went on to lose to Anthony Polaski (a renamed Tony Braddock) in a dark match and Dan Rodman, and on the May 23 tapings, he was attacked by Kruel, Kozlov, and Mr. Strongo.
In his final OVW appearance in June, Hutter competed in a gauntlet match to earn a match against then United States Champion, Montel Vontavious Porter, but the match was won by Chet The Jet.
On June 27, 2007, Hutter appeared at a Derby City Wrestling show in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teamed with Osiris to defeat The Belgian Brawler and Apocalypse in a dark match.
On December 9, 2007, Firestorm Pro Wrestling held its inaugural show Destroy Erase Improve, which saw the start of a six-man round robin tournament, in which Hutter competed. The tournament lasted nine months, before ending on September 12, 2008 at Something to Die For.
That same show, Hutter won a six-man elimination match to become the inaugural Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Champion.
Hutter made his last appearance with Firestorm Pro Wrestling on December 13, 2008, when he vacated the Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Championship, which he later awarded to John McChesney when McChesney won a four-way match for the vacant championship.
Hutter made his Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) debut on February 9, 2009, as Mike Hutter, when he lost to Drew McIntyre.
On February 19, he changed his ring name to Derrick Bateman, and gained Abraham Washington as a manager as he teamed with Lennox McEnroe in a loss to Scotty Goldman and DJ Gabriel.
On the February 26 television tapings, Hutter, Washington, and Tristan Delta lost a dark match to Brett DiBiase, Maverick Darsow, and Tank Mulligan.
In March, he and Dylan Klein lost to Kafu and Sweet Papi Sanchez.
In April, he became known as Agent D, as part of Washington’s Secret Service stable, alongside Agent T and Agent J.
He reverted to his Derrick Bateman name in June, in a loss to DJ Gabriel.
After a hiatus, Bateman returned to FCW in 2010, teaming with Adam Henderson in a loss to The Rotundo Brothers (Bo and Duke).
In March, he lost to Richie Steamboat and Joe Hennig in singles competition, and to Johnny Prime, Orlando Colón, and Incognito as part of a six-man tag team match, before defeating Rudy Parker.
He went on to lose to Skip Sheffield, Percy Watson, Mason Ryan, Wes Brisco, and Eli Cottonwood over the next several months.
In mid-2010, he formed a tag team known as The Handsome Man’s Express with Leo Kruger, and the pair unsuccessfully challenged Los Aviadores (Hunico and Epico) for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship on July 2.
The Handsome Man’s Express disbanded as a team shortly afterward, with Kruger defeating Bateman in a singles match on July 29.
On August 12, 2010, Hutter teamed with Johnny Curtis to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating the team of Donny Marlow and Brodus Clay and the defending champions, Los Aviadores in a three-way tag team match.
They went on to successfully defend the championship against Los Aviadores, Clay and Marlow, and The Dude Busters (Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta).
After a near three-month reign, Bateman and Curtis lost the championship to Wes Brisco and Xavier Woods on November 4.
During the finale of season three of NXT, it was announced that Bateman would be part of the fourth season, with Season 1 alumnus Daniel Bryan as his mentor.
He made his in-ring debut on the December 7 episode of NXT, teaming with Daniel Bryan in a loss to Conor O’Brian and his Pro Alberto Del Rio.
He had his first singles match on the December 14 episode of NXT, but lost to Alberto Del Rio via submission.
For the next months, he participated in various challenges. Bateman made it to the final three competitors, but was eliminated on the February 22 episode of NXT.
He then returned on the March 1 episode of NXT, competing in a tag team match with Conor O’ Brian defeating the team of Byron Saxton and Jacob Novak.
While competing on NXT, Bateman appeared in pre-taped vignette on Raw as a scientist with the “Bateman Institute” advertising a fictional Mark Henry cologne.
He also made his SmackDown debut with Damien Sandow, who refused to fight him. Bateman got his debut match against Ryback and lost.
After a period of absence from WWE programming, Bateman was inserted into the fifth season of NXT as a rookie midway into the competition, returning on the June 28, 2011 episode of NXT Redemption and bringing back his Pro Daniel Bryan in the process.
Meanwhile, Bateman’s character began to show more villainous traits, eventually causing Bryan to abandon him after declaring that Bateman was making a fool out of himself.
In July, Bateman started a long feud with Titus O’Neil that lasted until November, as both of them frequently traded wins and losses in a series of matches.
In August, Maxine made her return to NXT as Bateman’s girlfriend, and she started a concurrent feud with O’Neil’s friend AJ.
Bateman and Maxine lost to O’Neil and AJ on the September 6 episode of NXT Redemption.
On the October 26 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman proposed to Maxine, who accepted the proposal after slapping and kissing him.
On the November 2 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman and Maxine became known as “Beta-Max”, and they participated in a six-person tag match along with JTG in a loss to O’Neil, AJ and Percy Watson.
On the November 9 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine revealed to Bateman that she and his former friend Johnny Curtis went on a date, and they later tag teamed together in a winning effort against the team of Titus O’ Neil and Percy Watson.
On the December 7 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman defeated Johnny Curtis in singles competition, turning face once again, and afterwards broke up with Maxine thinking he flirted with her mother.
After Bateman again defeated Johnny Curtis in a singles match on the December 28 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine again turned on Bateman, thinking he was trying to ruin her career, kissing Curtis and leaving with him.
The next week on the January 4 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman lost in singles competition to Darren Young after a distraction from Johnny Curtis and Maxine announcing that they’re getting married in Las Vegas.
On the 100th episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman interrupted Johnny Curtis and Maxine’s wedding ceremony by showing a security camera video clip in his locker room of Johnny Curtis stealing Bateman’s iPad and sending an email to Theodore Long about getting rid of Maxine and going to SmackDown, and was later reunited with Maxine.
On the February 15 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman teamed with Justin Gabriel to defeat the team of Heath Slater and Johnny Curtis, and afterwards saved his friend Kaitlyn from Maxine.
Two weeks later, Kaitlyn confessed her love for Bateman, kissing him during an intervention also involving Justin Gabriel and Alicia Fox, until Maxine came out and again attacked Kaitlyn.
On the March 7 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman was backstage with Johnny Curtis and Maxine, who revealed to Bateman that they are no longer dating after Kaitlyn kissed Bateman, leading to Bateman and Kaitlyn defeating Curtis and Maxine in a mixed tag team match.
On the March 14 episode of NXT Redemption, he confessed his love for Kaitlyn and kissed her, solidifying their relationship.
On the March 21 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman and Kaitlyn were backstage with Tamina talking about his and Kaitlyn’s newfound relationship, and later encountered Maxine and Johnny Curtis, who accused them of being involved with Matt Striker’s disappearance.
Bateman was accompanied by Kaitlyn in singles competition on the March 28 episode of NXT Redemption, losing to Hunico.
Bateman and Kaitlyn discovered Matt Striker in a janitor’s closet hidden by Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks on the April 11 episode of NXT Redemption.
On the April 25 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman was attacked by JTG, but later went on to defeat him in singles competition.
Bateman made his televised return on the May 4 episode of SmackDown where he once again faced Ryback, but was defeated. On the May 9 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman was attacked backstage by an unknown person.
On the May 30 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman competed in a tag team match with Percy Watson and Justin Gabriel in a winning effort against Johnny Curtis, Michael McGillicutty, and JTG.
Bateman competed on the June 8 episode of SmackDown against Brodus Clay in a losing effort.
On the final episode of the fifth season of NXT on June 13, Bateman teamed with Percy Watson in a losing effort against Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.
After the conclusion of NXT Redemption, NXT transitioned into the renamed FCW developmental territory.
Bateman then continued to appear on NXT, where he defeated rival Johnny Curtis on the June 27 episode of NXT.
On the October 27 episode of Saturday Morning Slam, Bateman lost to United States Champion Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match.
In January 2013, Bateman entered the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament along with Alex Riley, but they were eliminated in the first round after a loss to Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger.
Bateman’s final match was a non-title loss against NXT Champion Big E Langston, which was taped before his release.
On May 17, 2013, Hutter was released from his contract.
Independent circuit (2013–2018)
Soon after his release, Hutter was announced to wrestle at Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Absolution VIII in his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio under his real name.
He made his debut for the promotion on June 30, when he defeated Tim Donst.
He also worked for Florida Underground Wrestling in May 2013.
Hutter made his return for the promotion Absolute Intense Wrestling under his TNA ring name Ethan Carter III and he teamed with fellow TNA wrestler DJ Z and Raymond Rowe, collectively known as Dudes on TV, and defeated Alex Daniels, Johnny Gargano and Josh Prohibition.
Hutter would make his debut with Championship Wrestling Entertainment alongside Eric Christopher, defeating Nathan Vain, on April 10, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
On February 28, 2015, EC3 (with manager Jonny Ferrari) defeated Scotty Mathews at the Carrington Middle School gym in Durham, North Carolina for the Hardy’s promotion OMEGA Championship Wrestling.
In May 2016, Hutter made his debut for Evolve Wrestling again under his TNA ring name Ethan Carter III attacking Johnny Gargano during the main event of Evolve 61 forming an alliance with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway.
He and Galloway then proceeded to attack members of the Evolve roster and proceeded to cut a worked shoot promo on WWE about how he and Galloway were treated by WWE and how they found success in TNA and various other companies despite WWE.
Hutter also wrestled for House of Glory which is owned by Amazing Red, where once again wrestled under his EC3 name, and was a HOG World Heavyweight Champion.
In August 2016, EC3 made appearances for the UK’s What Culture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) promotion.
On October 16, 2016 EC3 defeated Colt Cabana, Lance Hoyt and Raymond Rowe in a 4-Way Elimination match for the Ringmaster Title at the inaugural WrestleCircus show.
In November 2016, EC3 retained the Ringmaster Title after turning on the WrestleCircus ownership by picking his own opponents for November 19 and 20.
EC3 defeated George “The Trashman” Gatton on November 19 and then defeated ring announcer Louden Noxious the next night.
On December 17, 2016, EC3 defeated Pentagón Jr., by interference from George “The Trashman” Gatton, to retain the WrestleCircus Ringmaster Title.
After his second WWE departure in 2020, Hutter reinvented his EC3 gimmick as a much darker and enigmatic crusader.