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Lance Hoyt
Ring name(s) Breakdown[1]
Lance Archer[1]
Lance Hoyt[1]
Lance Rock[1]
Lance Steel[1]
Vance Archer[2]
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[2]
Billed weight 270 lb (120 kg)[2]
Born February 28, 1977 (1977-02-28) (age 33)[3]
Gause, Texas[4]
Resides Austin, Texas[1]
Billed from Dallas, Texas[2]
Trained by Solo Fiatala[1][5]
Debut July 2000[1][5]

Lance Wait Hoyt (born February 28, 1977)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is a two time NWA World Tag Team Champion with Kid Kash while the title was under the TNA banner.[1] He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE),[6] working in its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling under the ring name Vance Archer.[2]


Professional wrestling career



In 2000, Hoyt began training as a wrestler under Solo Faitala,[1] and debuted in July 2000, facing Tarzan Taylor in his first match. He spent the next four years working on the Texas independent circuit, using the ring names Lance Steel and Breakdown, the latter being a character created in the spur-of-the-moment by Hoyt in Corpus Christi when he had forgotten his usual ring attire and was forced to wrestle in his street clothing.[4] Hoyt's most notable Texas independent name was Shadow, a dark villainous character. He wrestled in Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) as Shadow from 2000-2009, and faced opponents including Paul London and Ahmed Johnson.[4] During his first period, he created the faction called "The Dark Circle".[4] When Hoyt signed with TNA he had left PCW, however, he returned in 2006 under the ring name Lance "Shadow" Hoyt. He held the PCW Tag Team Championships with Wally Darkmon in 2006. In 2007 he became the first ever AMW Heavyweight Champion defeating former WWE Superstar Shawn Stasiak. He lost the title on April 4, 2008 in Bonham, Texas in a three-way dance involving Action Jackson and Mike Foxx. In 2008, Hoyt reverted back to simply Shadow and wrestled under a wrestling mask. As the summer of 2008 began, Hoyt unmasked and suddenly began using his TNA gimmick, completely dropping the Shadow name. He was then sometimes referred to as "The TNA Rockstar" Lance Hoyt. Following his release from TNA, PCW announced they had released Hoyt from his contract, which turned out to be a storyline leading to Hoyt revealing he had a PCW "legends contract". Hoyt would go on to briefly become the commissioner of PCW before announcing he had signed with WWE.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Singles competition (2004–2007)

Hoyt was hired by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in March 2004 and immediately teamed up with X Division mainstay Kid Kash as Dallas, Kash's bodyguard, tag team partner and on-screen relative.[4] He and Kash took part in a tournament for the vacant NWA World Tag Team Championship and won the vacant titles by defeating Low Ki and Christopher Daniels in the finals on April 7.[7] They lost the titles to D'Lo Brown and Apolo the subsequent week, then regained them from Brown and Apolo the week following that.[7] Their second and final reign ended on June 4 of that year when they were defeated by America's Most Wanted.[4]

Hoyt posing with Jimmy Hart.

After Kash was suspended by TNA in June 2004, Hoyt was reduced to wrestling dark matches. He appeared sporadically with TNA throughout the remainder of the year, and aided Kash in his feud with A.J. Styles upon his return from suspension.[4] In January 2005, Hoyt began wrestling under his own name at the instruction of booker Dusty Rhodes.[4] The common explanation for this is that they wanted no confusion between Hoyt and Diamond Dallas Page. Hoyt and Kash competed in the tag team division, unsuccessfully challenging America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Against All Odds on February 13, until Kash was released by TNA on April 19, 2005.[8] Left without a partner, Hoyt teamed with Chris Candido to face Sonny Siaki and Apolo in a cage match at Lockdown.[9] In the course of the match, Candido suffered a serious leg injury and was stretchered out, and Hoyt was pinned shortly thereafter.[9] Following the match, Candido's cohorts, The Naturals, attacked Hoyt, thus turning him into a face character.[9]

Hoyt began developing a strong fan following, leading to his introducing a character known as "Hoytamania" (a reference to the "Hulkamania" surrounding Hulk Hogan).[4] He feuded with Team Canada throughout mid-2005, and lost to Abyss at Sacrifice.[10] He lost to Monty Brown at Bound for Glory[11] and was involved in the 10-man Gauntlet match later in the night to determine the number one contender for Jeff Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[11] In that match, Hoyt was eliminated by eventual winner Rhino.[11] He later began teaming with Matt Bentley in mid-card tag matches until a misinterpreted steel chair incident led Bentley to believe Hoyt had "screwed" him, and he severely turned on him with a spontaneous brawl by ringside, consisting of several chairshots. Hoyt defeated Bentley at Destination X.[12] He returned to TNA at No Surrender in the Triple Chance Tag Team battle royal as a partner to Ron "The Truth" Killings, but he was one of the first eliminated from the match.[13] Hoyt made his Spike TV return, teaming with Killings to defeat Matt Bentley and Kazarian.

Hoyt participated in the Fight for the Right Tournament, where he was one of the last two remaining men, making it to the third stage of the match. He lost to Abyss, who won a bye to the tournament finals for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Even so, he wrestled Ron Killings in the quarterfinals of the tournament on the 2 November episode of Impact!, but was defeated. At Genesis, Hoyt and Killings defeated Austin Starr and Alex Shelley with Kevin Nash at ringside.[14]

The Rock 'n Rave Infection (2007–2009)

Hoyt in The Rock 'n Rave Infection with Christy Hemme.

After Killings was given a new program, Hoyt started teaming up with the Voodoo Kin Mafia (VKM). His role with the team seemed to be that of a friend and bodyguard, watching their backs during their matches, and working the odd six-man tag team match with them on Impact!. At Slammiversary, VKM defeated Basham and Damaja when Kip James pinned Basham, but Hoyt turned his back on VKM when Kip was about to attack Christy Hemme.[15] He kissed Hemme after the match, thus re-establishing himself as a villain.[15] Hoyt lost to Abyss on an episode of Impact! and a week after that he lost to VKM member Kip. He would then become part of a tag team managed by Hemme with the Indy notable Jimmy Rave, later named The Rock 'n Rave Infection. They soon became a comedic "band" trio with Hoyt and Rave entering the ring with Guitar Hero game controllers and Hemme screaming on a microphone.

Hoyt competed at Lockdown in a "Cuffed in the Cage" match losing to the eventual winner, Super Eric.[16] He changed his ringname to Lance Rock on the July 17 episode of Impact!, where he was defeated by Matt Morgan shortly after Morgan had defeated Jimmy Rave.[17]

Since then, The Rock 'n Rave Infection lost to the teams of Abyss and Matt Morgan, The Latin American Xchange, and The Prince Justice Brotherhood (Super Eric, Shark Boy, and Curry Man), the latter of whom soon began a feud with The Rock 'n Rave Infection. On February 10, 2009, Hoyt was released from his TNA contract.[18] He wrestled his last match in TNA on the February 26 edition of Impact!, teaming with Rave and losing to Beer Money, Inc. in an "Off the Wagon Challenge".[1]

World Wrestling Entertainment

Florida Championship Wrestling (2009)

After a brief stint in All Japan Pro Wrestling as a member of the Voodoo Murders, on April 26, 2009, Hoyt announced he had signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.[6][19] He wrestled in WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling under the ring name Lance Archer.[1] For his first match, he teamed up with Jon Cutler and was defeated by Duke Rotundo and Vic Adams. His ring name was then tweaked to Vance Archer.[1]

ECW (2009–2010)

On the November 3 episode of ECW, Hoyt, now clean shaven and sporting both a short haircut and new attire, made his debut on the brand under his Vance Archer ring name as a heel. In his debut match for the brand, he defeated enhancement talent Logan Jones.[20] After defeating several enhancement talents over the following weeks, Archer defeated Tommy Dreamer on the December 8 episode of ECW.[21] Archer continued his winning streak when he once again defeated Dreamer, this time in his WWE Superstars debut match on the December 17, 2009 episode of Superstars.[22] On the December 22 episode of ECW, Archer defeated Goldust in an "ECW Homecoming" qualifying match to advance to a battle royal where the winner would face ECW Champion Christian at Royal Rumble for the ECW Title.[23] He then started a feud with Shelton Benjamin, which saw Archer lose to him via disqualification on the December 31 episode of Superstars.[24] However, Archer's unpinned streak was left intact. On the January 12, 2010 episode of ECW, Archer was unable to win the "Homecoming Battle Royal" as he was eliminated by Benjamin.[25] The next week on Superstars, Archer was defeated by Benjamin, thus breaking his streak of not being pinned.[26] The two continued to exchange victories, as Archer defeated Benjamin on the February 2 episode of ECW while Benjamin defeated Archer in a no disqualification match the following week.[27][28]

Other media

While in college, Hoyt appeared on the Jenny Jones Show as a dancer.[citation needed] He took part in an episode of elimiDATE in 2002.[citation needed] He appeared on Room Raiders in 2005.[citation needed] He can be seen on an episode of Scrubs in a brief appearance.[citation needed]

Personal life

In high school, Hoyt played basketball, football, and baseball.[7] He attended Texas State University, where he played college football as a quarterback.[4][7] He has a degree in English.[4] While in college he worked at a nightclub, where an acquaintance introduced him to Solo Fiatala, who trained him to be a professional wrestler.[7]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "The Superstar" (PCW)[29]
    • "The Ticked Off Texan" (TNA)[5]
    • "The TNA Rockstar" Lance Rock (PCW)[29]

Championships and accomplishments

  • Professional Championship Wrestling
    • PCW World Heavyweight Championship (4 times)[7]
    • PCW World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Wally Darkmon[29]
    • PCW World Television Championship (3 times)[7]



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  2. ^ a b c d e "Vance Archer Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  3. ^ Texas Births
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  5. ^ a b c d e "Cagematch profile". 
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  11. ^ a b c Kapur, Bob (2005-10-24). "Rhino upsets Jarrett at Bound for Glory". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
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  14. ^ Kapur, Bob (2006-11-20). "Questionable booking mars TNA Genesis". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  15. ^ a b Clevett, Jason (2007-06-17). "TNA scores with Slammiversary". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
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  17. ^ Sokol, Chris; Sokol, Bryan (2008-07-18). "Impact: Joe sends Booker for a ride". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
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  19. ^ Aldren, Mike (2009-04-27). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". The Sun. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  20. ^ "Wish Granted". 
  21. ^ "Extreme Climb to Top". 
  22. ^ "Evening the Score". 
  23. ^ "Losing his Swagger". 
  24. ^ "Ring in the New Year". 
  25. ^ "Homecoming King". 
  26. ^ "Can't Stop Kane". 
  27. ^ "Change is in the Air". 
  28. ^ "The End is Near". 
  29. ^ a b c d "PCW profile". 
  30. ^ a b c Martin, Adam (2008-01-06). "Final Resolution PPV Results - 1/6 - Orlando, FL (Angle vs Cage, more)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  31. ^ Martin, Adam (2007-03-08). "iMPACT! Results - 3/8/07 (New matches added to 'Destination X' PPV)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  32. ^ Keller, Wade (2009-11-10). "KELLER'S WWE ECW ON SYFY REPORT 11/10: Christian defends against Regal, Washington interviews Tatsu, new announcer terrible throughout". PWtorch. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  33. ^ a b Martin, Adam (2005-08-14). "Sacrifice PPV Results - 8/14/05 from Orlando, FL (Big Tag Main Event)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  34. ^ a b Martin, Adam (2005-04-24). "Lockdown PPV Results - 4/24/05 - Orlando, Florida (8 cage matches)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  35. ^ Martin, Adam (2006-03-12). "Destination X PPV Results 3/12/06 Orlando, FL (Scott Steiner debuts)". WrestleView. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  36. ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 22, 2007), "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards", Wrestling Observer Newsletter (Campbell, CA): 1–12, ISSN 10839593 

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