Black Label Pro Announces Huge First Match for The Collective’s Threat Level Noon

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The Collective is back on! As announced last week, Game Changer Wrestling’s Collective, which was set to take place during WrestleMania Week, will be live in October with fans and everything. Today, several of the promotions involved, including Black Label Pro, which returns to the Collective line-up with the newly named “Threat Level Noon,” began announcing some of their card. Glory Pro Wrestling will host AJ Gray and ACH in a huge rematch and at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 4, the previously booked Alex Shelley vs Tony Deppen match is back on.

As for BLP, their announcement may have been the biggest of all as the promotion announced that Fred Rosser (FKA WWE’s Darren Young) will reunite with his former NEXUS teammate, Heath, to take on Team Filthy’s Filthy Tom Lawlor and Erick Stevens.

Team NEXUS

Released by WWE in 2017, Rosser didn’t do much wrestling over the following two years, competing in just 13 matches in 2018-19. But in 2020, Rosser made a big splash when he made his New Japan Pro Wrestling debut as part of NJPW Strong Style. The match aired on September 4th, marking Rosser’s return to the ring for the first time since October 2019. An indie wrestler from 2002-08, known mostly for his time with Chaotic Wrestling, Rosser joined WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling in 2009. Also in WWE’s developmental system at that time was Heath, who after one year wrestling with NWA, landed with Deep South Wrestling in 2006. By 2007, he made his way to FCW, where he became a former 3x champion before making his way to the main roster in 2010. But not before he, alongside Rosser, debuted on the inaugural season of NXT.

With Rosser’s pro as CM Punk and Heath’s as Christian, the two former developmental wrestlers joined Daniel Bryan, Skip Sheffield (AKA Ryback), Justin Gabriel (AKA PJ Black), Michael Tarver, Wade Barrett and David Otunga on NXT’s first season. Heath finished in fourth while Rosser finished in fifth.

Barrett won the season, but when he made his main roster debut, he didn’t do it alone. All of the rookies from that season accompanied Barrett to Raw, where they made an impact on their first night. The group later became known as the NEXUS and they dominated the roster for over a year. Unfortunately, the NEXUS met its untimely end and after that, the group all splintered in their own directions. Heath went on to form the Corre with Gabriel, 3MB alongside Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal, the Social Outcasts with Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, and Beauty and the Manbeast with Rhino. In most of his tag team ventures, Heath, who is now angling for a job and a reunion with Rhino on IMPACT Wrestling, found success, capturing the tag titles four times prior to his release from the company in 2020. Rosser meanwhile found his biggest success with Titus Young as the Primetime Players, as the two captured the tag team championship and held it for 70 days in 2015.

More often than not on the opposing side of the ring from each other during their WWE careers, BLP’s Threat Level Noon will mark the first time the two ex-NEXUS stars have shared a ring since SummerSlam in 2010. Their opponents meanwhile are no strangers to each other and have shared a ring often lately, as members of Team Filthy.

TEAM Filthy

A pro wrestler for parts of the last 17 years, Erick Stevens began his career in 2003 with NWA. By 2005, he became a regular with Full Impact Pro, where he has won four titles in his career, including the heavyweight championship twice and the tag titles once alongside his trainer, Roderick Strong. By 2007, while he continued to wrestle for FIP, Stevens also landed a fulltime gig with Ring of Honor. There he joined the Resilience, alongside Austin Aries and Matt Cross. The Resilience often crossed paths with Strong’s No Remorse Corps, leading to a rivalry between the two carrying over from FIP to ROH. Stevens picked up the biggest win of his career in 2007 when he defeated Strong at Final Battle to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship, ending Strong’s 13-month reign.

When Aries disbanded the Resilience, Stevens began occasionally teaming with the Briscoes against NRC as well as Age of the Fall. Stevens remained with ROH through 2010, at which point the promotion stopped using him. Shortly after, he announced his retirement from wrestling after just seven years. From 2011-18, Stevens’ stayed true to his retirement, starting a new career as a strength and conditioning coach. But in 2019, the bug to come back to wrestling came calling, and since his return, Stevens has hit the indie circuit, wrestling for Absolute Intense Wrestling, GCW, Beyond Wrestling, Paradigm Pro, Major League Wrestling, and Black Label Pro, where he is a former world champion.

Stevens joined Team Filthy at Zero Hour in January, aiding Lawler’s faction in their attack on the Von Erichs. One of MLW’s top stables, Team Filthy was started by Lawlor in 2017 and has been incredibly effective ever since. Lawlor’s pro wrestling career began over 19 years ago, though his career didn’t begin in earnest until 2014. Prior to this, Lawlor was pursuing MMA, where he found success and became a cult favorite among fans due to his pre-fight antics. With a background in jujitsu and amateur wrestling, Lawlor amassed a 10-7-1 record in his MMA career, fighting primarily for UFC, which he joined after taking part in the eighth season of the Ultimate Fighter as a member of Team Mir.

In fact, it was a suspension from the UFC that led to Lawlor returning to his pro wrestling roots, wrestling for AIW, Prestige Wrestling, Beyond, Black Label Pro, DEFY, MLW, and more, in 2017. Lawlor signed fulltime with MLW in 2018 and made an impact as soon as he arrived, winning the first-ever Battle Riot that year. Taking part in many high-profile feuds, Lawlor was one of the promotions top babyfaces, and in 2019, he captured the world title, defeating then-rival and champion, Low Ki, for the title. Lawlor held the belt for over 150 days before dropping it to the current champion, Jacob Fatu. In November 2019, he turned heel and alongside Team Filthy, began feuding with the Von Erichs. With MLW on hiatus, the implications of that feud haven’t quite manifested. In June, Lawlor made his NJPW debut and return to the ring for the first time since the pandemic, taking part in the Lion’s Break shows.

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