|Billed weight||220 lbs|
|Trained by||Bruce Hart
Apoc began his career in the Hart Dungeon, under the teachings of Bruce and Ross Hart. He also received training under Tokyo Joe. He started working for Stampede Wrestling in 2001 as Bishop, later to be renamed "Apocalypse" which he continued to work as until the company shut down in 2007. In Stampede Wrestling, he won the North American Heavyweight Championship. He also held the International Tag Team Championship twice with partner Dave Swift.
He did a tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling as "The Shadow" in November–December 2003. In his first match, he teamed with Scott Norton against Josh Barnett and Hiroyoshi Tenzan. He also had matches with Manabu Nakanishi and Tenzan. In addition, he teamed with Norton frequently on the tour.
He also did an extended tour in England with All-Star Wrestling from May to August 2005.
He was named Erik Doom for a short period of time in World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), before being renamed Apoc (shorthand for Apocalypse) in the spring of 2007. On September 10, 2008, he teamed with Vaughn Lilas to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. They held the title until October, losing it to the team of Scott Cardinal and Dirty Money. He also traded the OVW Heavyweight Championship with Lilas, holding it twice in early-to-mid 2009.