Our resident philosopher, Jay Shannon, profiles one of the top indy stars, who also got a short run in the WWE.
The Second City Saint
Scott Colton was born near Chicago on May 6, 1980. Colton was a fan of wrestling from a young child. Colton met Matt Cappotelli at Western Michigan University, where Colton was earning his degree in Business Marketing. Cappotelli mentioned to Colton that Ring of Honor was looking to expand and had opened a training school. After graduating, Colton applied and was accepted to the Ring of Honor training center. After his training, he was partnered with Ace Steel and C.M. Punk (all Chicago natives) to form the Second City Saints. Steel was Colton's primary trainer. Colton also got training from Danny Dominion.
Colton originally wanted to use the ring name Colt Colton but the Powers-that-be worked with him to come up with a more memorable name. They drew upon singer Barry Manilow's hit single, "Copacabana", to find Colt's ring name. Colt often comes to the ring to an updated remix of the song. Cabana and C.M. Punk worked together very well and have become real-life friends. During their Ring of Honor days, they ended up winning the World Tag Titles, twice. The Saints came to an end when Punk left for the WWE Developmental System.
As Brutal as it could possibly get
After Punk left the company, Cabana went into a singles program against Homicide. For the better part of a year (8/2005-5/2006), Cabana feuded with Homicide in some of the most vicious battles, ever. Metal coat hangers, Drano, and chairs came into play in their brutal feud. When their feud finally ended, both men ended up with major respect for each other. In fact, they ended with a handshake and hug. Cabana then moved forward to make a run at Bryan Danielson's ROH World title. An auto accident put Cabana on the shelf for a few months. Cabana lost control a car he was driving and injured his foot.
A Classic Identity change
During his time off in 2006 from his auto accident, Colton took part in several episodes of the ill-fated Wrestling Society X. He took the gimmick name of Matt Classic. Classic's video profile said he was so "old-school" he won the World Heavyweight Title" 28 years prior to his birth. Had WSX been picked up, Matt Classic would have admitted that it was all a trick and he was actually "Colt Cabana, College Letterman". The gimmick would have had him join "The Fraternity", along with "Cheerleader" Lizzy Valentine and "Frat Boy" Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne). He never got the chance, thanks to WSX being pulled by MTV.
The WWE Name Change
In 2007, after the demise of WSX, Colton went into the WWE Developmental System. He got several try-outs on Heat and Velocity. Oddly enough, he wrestled one episode under the ring name Chris Guy (the real-life name of his trainer and friend, Ace Steel). Steel had actually wrestled in the WWE in 2004 under the name of Scott Colton. Colton was sent to OVW, where he worked as Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana. Cabana quickly went into a feud with Michael Kruel. Cabana continued with OVW until WWE cut ties with the group. Cabana survived the flood of releases that came along with the change of developmental territories. Cabana was re-assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling. He continued to work there until August, 2008.
On August 15, 2008, Colton was brought up to the Smackdown brand. Colt Cabana was replaced by Scotty Goldman. The name was meant to draw upon Colton's Jewish heritage. Goldman ended up a Talent Enhancement (Jobber) pm the Blue Brand. He did work many high-profile matches. Goldman didn't work too many matches before his release in February, 2009. He also did have a short-lived web show called "Good as Goldman".
Back to the Cabana
On February 21, 2009, Colton made a surprise appearance at a Pro Wrestling Guerilla to challenge Chris Hero and Human Tornado for the PWG World Title. A month later, Cabana would return to Ring of Honor to team with Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) to face Bison Smith and Jimmy Rave. Cabana has also worked several dates for TNA and other indy promotions in the past 14 months. He has used the Colt Cabana name in all indy performances. On February 25, 2010, Chikara announced that Colton had signed on with them for a series of appearance. While working for Chikara, Colton will revive his WSX Matt Classic persona.
Scott Colton has had a rollercoaster career. He soared in Ring of Honor and various indy promotions. In the WWE, he fell into the pit of Talent Enhancement Oblivion. Be sure to check out all his non-WWE action (the best stuff) in the video files of Clickwrestle.com. His photos and extended bio are available at OnlineWorldofWrestling.com Peace