Vance Archer pro
Lance Hoyt
BornFebruary 28, 1977
FromGause, Texas

Professional wrestling career

BilledDallas, Texas

Lance Hoyt (February 28, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling as Lance Archer, He also worked in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the ring name Vance Archer.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Florida Championship Wrestling (2009)

on April 26, 2009, Hoyt announced he had signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment. He wrestled in WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) under the ring name Lance Archer. 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.

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 WWE debut under his Vance Archer ring name as a heel, defeating a local competitor. After defeating several enhancement talents over the following weeks, Archer defeated Tommy Dreamer on the December 8 episode of ECW. Archer continued his winning streak when he once again defeated Dreamer on the December 17, 2009 episode of WWE Superstars. 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. He then started a Feud with Shelton Benjamin, which saw Archer lose to him via disqualification on the December 31 episode of Superstars. 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. The next week on Superstars, Archer was defeated by Benjamin, thus breaking his streak of not being pinned. 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. Hoyt made his WrestleMania debut on March 28, 2010 as he competed in a 26-man pre-show battle royal at WrestleMania XXVI, where he was eliminated.

The Gatecrashers (2010)

Following the disbanding of the ECW brand, Archer competed in dark matches and in FCW, and was eventually moved to the SmackDown brand, forming a tag team with Curt Hawkins. They made their television debut as a team on the May 13 episode of Superstars, defeating two local competitors. After the match, Hawkins stated that he and Archer had been given a 30-day contract to "make an impact." The team made its SmackDown debut on the May 21 episode, winning another squash match. In an attempt to make an impact, the duo attacked Montel Vontavious Porter and Christian on consecutive episodes of SmackDown on June 4 and June 11, which they followed up on by defeating both in a tag team match on June 18. The next week the duo was officially named "The Gatecrashers".

The team came to an end on the October 7 episode of Superstars after a match between Archer and Chris Masters. Archer accidentally struck Hawkins outside the ring, after which the two argued and a distracted Archer lost the match. Afterwards, Hawkins assaulted Archer. Archer returned to singles competition on the November 4 edition of Superstars, losing to Luke Gallows.

On November 19, 2010, Archer was released from his contract along with five other Superstars.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Blackout (crucifix powerbomb)
    • Corner-to-corner missile dropkick – 2005
    • Snap inverted DDT, sometimes preceded by a scoop lift (WWE)
  • Signature moves
    • Big boot
    • Chokeslam
    • Fallaway slam
    • F'n Slam (Sitout full nelson slam) – 2012–present
    • Moonsault
    • Multiple powerslam variations
      • Scoop
      • Sidewalk
      • Swinging side spun out into a facebuster (WWE)
    • Overhead belly to belly suplex
    • Pumphandle slam
    • Sitout powerbomb
    • Spinebuster
  • Entrance themes
    • "In the Middle of it Now" by Disciple (WWE; Used while teaming with Curt Hawkin)
    • "Black Fury" by Jim Johnson (WWE)