The WWF/WWE has had some type of developmental system for years now. Whether it was the USWA, Ohio Valley, Power Pro, Heartland, Deep South, Florida Championship Wrestling or NXT…many of the company’s top superstars got their start in at least one of them. While some developmental names like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, The Miz, Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair all made big stars of themselves by first training in developmental, others never got to see the light of day. This series will focus on those wrestlers…the ones that at some point were a lock to get called up to the main roster and never quite made it. What once was hot, suddenly became a “not” as a WWE superstar.
Mack Johnson started out his wrestling journey by enrolling in OVW’s wrestling school based in Louisville, Kentucky back in 2002. Johnson was trained by both Rip Rogers and Nick Dinsmore. He began wrestling in OVW as ‘The Mack Daddy’ Mac Johnson. He would win the OVW Southern Tag Team titles twice with partner Seth Skyfire. In 2005, Johnson was offered and signed a WWE developmental contract. He was assigned to Deep South Wrestling based in McDonough, Georgia.
While still in developmental, Johnson was called up to the main roster to job to Sylvan Grenier on an episode of WWE Velocity. He remained in Deep South wrestling against other developmental talent like Ryan Reeves, Deacon Deville, Kenny Omega and Ray Gordy. A series of injuries slowed down his development and he was ultimately released from his WWE contract in 2006.
Since his release from WWE developmental, Mack Johnson returned home to Lafayette, Louisiana. He comes from a family of musicians and decided to give music a shot. Mack Johnson currently writes and performs country music while traveling the country. Some of his songs include, Letting Go, Real Good, I’ll be Here for You and Cypher. He still resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.