Nick Mitchell

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 250 lbs

Real Name: Nick Mitchell

DOB: 2/01/1973

Hometown: Magnolia, TX

Other Names: "Big Time" Nick Mitchell(DSW/OVW), Mitch(WWE)

Wrestler Since: 2004

Finishing Maneuver: Unknown

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #260(2007), #201(2006)

Other Related Websites:
The Spirit Squad - Rollercoaster Bio
Nick Mitchell - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Mitch - Wikipedia Bio
Mitchell Madness (Unofficial Fan Site)

History: (Last Updated: 6/09/2006)

The Beginning - Tough Enough
DSW: 2005
WWE Raw: 2006

The Beginning - Tough Enough

Nick Mitchell is one of those few wrestlers to have gotten his start in front of millions of professional wrestling fans. In 2004, Mitchell tried out for World Wrestling Entertainment's Tough Enough IV competition. Mitchell had to run obstacle courses, give interviews in front of judges, and generally exhaust himself to prove that he was worthy. In the end, the judges agreed with him, as Mitchell was one of 8 finalists. The aspiring wrestlers began appearing on WWE Smackdown at the end of October '04, where Al Snow, the Tough Enough trainer, showed them to the locker room. The group was basically kicked out, though, by the Big Show, who didn't like them trying to take wrestlers' spots in WWE. The 8 finalists then went to the ring and cut 20-second promos on the Big Show, only to have the giant come out to the ring and bodyslam each man, proving their worth.

The next week, with only 7 left, Mitchell joined the rest in numerous drills led by Snow. They then went to the ring for a competition led by Kurt Angle, to see who could do the most squat thrusts. Chris Nawrocki won the competition, only to get beaten down by Angle in a 'match'. Angle also beat Daniel Puder before leaving. A week later, before the next competition, it was announced that Mitchell had been voted out, ending his Tough Enough dreams (Puder went on to win the contract).

Deep South Wrestling: 2005

Mitchell continued to work towards his dream, though, not giving up. He was eventually signed to a WWE Developmental Contract and began appearing in one of their developmental organizations, Deep South Wrestling, in the fall of '05. There, as "Big Time" Nick Mitchell, he began perfecting his wrestling skills against wrestlers like Mike Knox, Kid Kash, Johnny Parisi, and others. He also teamed regularly with another Tough Enough cast-off, "Silverback" Ryan Reeves. In December '05, there was concern that Mitchell had badly injured his knee, with the possibility that he had torn his ACL, an injury that would put him on the shelf for a long period of time. Fortunately for Mitchell, it wasn't as serious as first thought, as he had his future in WWE ahead of him. During this time, Mitchell began teaming with Nick Nemeth and Mike Mondo, forming what started out as "Team Spirit". It would soon have another name.

WWE Raw: 2006

In January '06, as the Spirit Squad, Mitchell, Nemeth, & Mondo soon managed to bring in two more members from Ohio Valley Wrestling, Johnny Jeter and Ken Doane, forming an interesting fivesome. On the January 23rd, '06 edition of Raw, Jonathan Coachman was scheduled to take on Jerry "The King" Lawler in a match to determine which man would earn a spot in the Royal Rumble match. During the bout, Lawler was dominating the Coach, when, surprisingly, the Spirit Squad made their first appearance on Raw, announcing themselves as Mitch, Johnny, Kenny, Mikey, & Nicky! They were able to distract Lawler long enough for the Coach to get the win, then did a cheer for the Coach afterwards. The Spirit Squad later appeared at the '06 Royal Rumble, doing a cheer before the Rumble match (which wasn't well-received by the fans). For the next few weeks, the Spirit Squad split its time between OVW and WWE, feuding with Brent Albright & CM Punk on the one side while doing cheers on Raw.

In the middle of February '06, the Spirit Squad did a special cheer for Shawn Michaels, as he was being forced to retire by Vince McMahon. Michaels refused to quit, though, causing Mr. McMahon to personally guarantee Michaels would be put through hell! The next week, the Spirit Squad was given its first Raw match by Mr. McMahon, who made a 4-on-1 Handicap Match against Michaels (McMahon quickly stated that 5-on-1 would be 'overkill'). Nicky, Kenny, Johnny, & Mikey were the participants, with Mitch on the outside (as he was still recovering from his knee injury). The group soon showed their prowess with a trampoline, using it to his some devestating moves on Michaels. Near the end, though, Michaels landed some Sweet Chin Music on Mikey, then went for the pin. But Mitch quickly entered along with the rest of the Spirit Squad, causing the DQ as they beat down Michaels, with Michaels' old tag-team partner, Marty Jannetty, returning to make the save.

The Spirit Squad continued to be the supporters of Vince McMahon in his feud against Michaels over the next month, cheering him on to victory. They also continually appeared on OVW Television, still honing their craft as high-flying cheerleaders. In March '06, the Spirit Squad were put in a "Texas Tornado Steel Cage Handicap" Match against Michaels on Raw, due to Michaels having thrown urine on Vince & Shane McMahon. It was another 4-on-1 Match, with Mitch outside the ring. Michaels fought hard, nearly escaping the cage, but Mitch slammed the cage door on him, keeping him inside. Later on, Shane McMahon proved the biggest factor, entering the cage and attacking Michaels from behind, before getting the Squad to pin him for the victory. Afterwards, the Squad cheered on Shane as he gave Michaels a Van Terminator.

The Spirit Squad gave Shane a huge cheer on the next Raw for his 'victory' over Michaels at Saturday Night's Main Event #32, with a proud Vince promising victory over Michaels at Wrestlemania as well. The next week, the Spirit Squad had their first non-Michaels match, as Kenny, Johnny, & Mikey took on Val Venis, Eugene, & Viscera. The Squad used their dirty tactics to perfection in the match, with Mitch & Nicky helping out from the outside. In the end, the Squad got the victory, then added injury to insult when Kenny hit a Flying Legdrop on Venis' arm, putting the Big Valbowski on the shelf. It was a big win for the Squad, as they had put themselves on the mat and taken out a major contender in the tag-team ranks at the same time.

At Wrestlemania 22, the Squad ran out to help Vince in his "No Holds Barred" Match against Michaels. However, despite the overwhelming numbers, Michaels won out, destroying Vince and leaving him a bloody mess in the ring. A day later on Raw, the Spirit Squad was still given a reward from Mr. McMahon for trying to help, as Kenny & Mikey took on the Raw World Tag-Team Champs, Kane & the Big Show. Thanks to Mitch and the rest of the Squad coming in and helping out on a huge Spirit Slam on the Big Show, Kenny & Mikey got the pin, upsetting their opponents and shockingly becoming Raw Tag-Team Champions! It was soon announced that the belts belonged to the entire Squad, which meant that any two of them could defend them at any time. A week later, Nicky & Johnny defended in the rematch against Kane & the Big Show. While the Squad kept the belts, it was a painful victory, as Kane lashed out with chair shots, causing the disqualification.

A week later, after Shelton Benjamin had lost a match against Charlie Haas (which put his IC Title on the line against Rob Van Dam at the next PPV), Benjamin begged to Mr. McMahon to do something about the problem. He appealed to McMahon's growing God complex, which led him to agree to the proposal, setting up a new match: Van Dam vs. the entire Spirit Squad! Although RVD fought hard against the numbers, it was just too much, as the Squad took down Van Dam and got the pinfall victory, which put RVD's Money In The Bank Contract up for grabs at the PPV as well (RVD later won the match at the IC Title). The Squad hit the big time the next week, as they got themselves put in a 5-on-3 Main Event Match against John Cena, Edge, & Triple H (all of whom were currently feuding over the WWE Title). It was a good contest for the Squad, but it ended badly, with Cena & Triple H both getting their finishers before ending the night brawling, with the match being thrown out.

At the PPV, Backlash '06, the Squad once again did not get a match, as they were saved for other matters. During the Michaels/"God" vs. Vince & Shane McMahon Match, the Squad ran down to interfere, only to get jumped on by Michaels, who was on top of a ladder. Still, the numbers were too much for Michaels, as the Squad got the upper hand, then delivered a huge shot to HBK, giving him the Spirit Slam through a table! Vince then got the pinfall victory for his team, with the Squad hoisting Vince & Shane on their shoulders afterwards. As a reward for their actions, Mr. McMahon gave the Spirit Squad control of Raw the next night. The Squad announced that, after a drawing between the group, Kenny had earned the right to face John Cena for the WWE Championship that night. Meanwhile, Nicky, Johnny, & Mikey teamed up to win over the team they dubbed "The Odd Squad", Gene Snitsky, Goldust, & Eugene. Later on, Nicky joined the rest of the Spirit Squad in trying to help Kenny win the WWE Title. But the actions of first Triple H, then Shawn Michaels, as the referee kept the Squad from getting the gold, with Cena getting the FU on Kenny for the win.

A week later, the Spirit Squad, looking for some revenge, took on Cena & Michaels in another "Handicap" Match. The match was a tough one for the Squad, as they were facing two strong athletes. But numbers won out in the end, as Kenny took Michaels out and got the pin for the victory! Afterwards, Kenny shockingly knocked out the referee, then grabbed the man's belt, using it to whip Michaels repeatedly to the cheers of the rest of the Squad. Triple H then came out, possibly to make the save, but Cena was already clearing the ring of the Spirit Squad, which allowed Triple H to get the Pedigree on the champion instead, giving the Squad something to savor.

On the next Raw, Nicky & Johnny defended the Raw World Tag-Team Titles against Goldust & Snitsky, with Mitch & Mikey helping from the outside. In fact, Mikey proved to be the deciding factor, as he came over the ropes (via trampoline) and got a massive Bulldog on Snitsky while the ref's back was turned, then put Nicky on top of him, allowing Nicky to get the pin and retain the Raw Tag Titles for the Spirit Squad. Later on, the Squad was banned from ringside, when Kenny took on Michaels, with Shane McMahon as the special referee. The Squad had to watch from the back as Triple H 'accidentally' knocked out McMahon with his sledgehammer, ending the match in a No-Contest.

The next week, after Triple H apologized to Vince, another "Handicap" Match was set up, putting the Spirit Squad against Michaels. Mr. McMahon wanted so much bloodshed that he called off the referee, saying that there was no need. Once again, Michaels battled hard, and once again the Spirit Squad's numbers were too much, with Kenny focusing his attack on Michaels' leg, trying to break it by doing an elbow drop onto it with a chair! Triple H then came out, under Mr. McMahon's orders, but seemed reluctant to use the sledgehammer on HBK, causing Kenny to take the sledgehammer from him to do it himself! But when Kenny went to swing, Triple H got into his path. Kenny, not worrying about it, tried to swing at the Game, but Triple H took him down with a Spinebuster, then took out Mitch & the rest of the Squad, saving Michaels and almost surely burning the bridge between himself and Mr. McMahon.

The next week, Mr. McMahon put Kenny against Triple H in the main event. McMahon also gave Kenny an advantage by arranging for the rest of the Spirit Squad to be at ringside as well, calling it a "Spirit Jack" Match. Not surprising, the rest of the Squad didn't go after Kenny when he was sent outside the ring, but tried to take out Triple H whenever possible. However, the Game somehow managed to fight off the crowd, catching Kenny with a Pedigree to get the pin. Afterwards, an upset Squad attacked Triple H, looking to take him out as they had Michaels (who was now out with a knee injury). Triple H begged off at first, but it was a stall, as he managed to pull out a sledgehammer from a hidden spot outside the ring and used it to take out the entire Squad! Mr. McMahon then appeared, announcing that Triple H would join the Kiss My Ass Club the next Raw.

Triple H and Mr. McMahon had it out on the next Raw, with Vince telling the Game that, if he could beat the Big Show in a surprise match, he would be free of the Kiss My Ass Club 'initiation'. However, this all turned out to be a set-up from the McMahon's, as, early in the match, when the Big Show was knocked to the outside, the Spirit Squad surprisingly ran out and attacked him, causing the DQ loss for Triple H! Afterwards, the Squad ran to the back, obviously only there to make sure that the Game didn't win. Unfortunately, the Spirit Squad wasn't on hand for the ceremony later in the night, as Triple H turned the tables on Shane and gave Vince a pantsless Pedigree.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (0 - 5)
- DSW Debut Show (September 1, '05) = Nick Mitchell fell to Deacon Deville.
- WWE Vengeance '06 (June 25) = The Spirit Squad (Mitch, Johnny, Kenny, Mikey, & Nicky) lost a "Handicap" Match to D-Generation X.
- WWE Saturday Night's Main Event #33 (July 15, '06) = The Spirit Squad lost a "Handicap Elimination" Match to D-Generation X.
- OVW Six Flags Summer Sizzler Series '06 (August 11) = The Spirit Squad (Mitch, Johnny, & Mikey) & the Untouchables fell to Rob Conway, Danny Davis, Eugene Dinsmore, & the Basham Brothers.
- WWE Raw Family Reunion (October 9, '06) = Mitch was beaten by Ric Flair.

Title Summary:
- WWE Raw World Tag-Team Champion w/ Johnny, Kenny, Mikey, & Nicky (4/03/06 - 11/05/06)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 0 1st RUs, 0 2nd RUs, 0 3rd RUs)