Samuel Shaw is a 37-year-old wrestler from Jacksonville, Florida. He currently wrestles for the WWE and performs on NXT under the ring name, Dexter Lumis.
Shaw made his professional wrestling debut in September 2007 for World League Wrestling. For his first match, he was paired with Tookie Tucker and they defeated Marco Cordova and Otis Idol in a tag team match.
Shaw Joins Vintage Wrestling
In April 2009, Shaw debuted for Vintage Wrestling defeating Nooie Lee and a month later, he defeated Glacier to become the first Vintage Heavyweight Champion. Shaw successfully defended his title for several months on multiple occasions against Tyson Tomko and Jesse Neal. He dropped the title to Thomas Marr in February 2011. Shaw regained the title in April but lost it again on September 11 to Jesse Neal. He picked up his third Vintage Heavyweight Championship but lost to Francisco Ciatso on June 6, 2012.
Shaw also wrestled for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2010 to 2013. He was assigned to TNA’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and made his television debut in October 2012. Shaw teamed with Alex Silva and they defeated Jessie Godderz and Rudy Switchblade to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship. Shaw and Silva lost the titles on January 16, 2013. They regained the titles the next month but lost to The Coalition on April 3, 2013.
From 2015 to 2019, Shaw returned to the independent circuit and wrestled for Vintage Wrestling and Full Throttle Pro Wrestling. In March 2017, he wrestled for Global Force Wrestling and defeated Crimson to become the inaugural TNT Champion. He held the title for 658 days until he lost to Crazzy Steve in January 2019.
Dexter Lumis’ WWE Contract & Debut
In February 2019, WWE announced that Samuel Shaw had signed a contract with the company. He reported to the WWE Performance Center in Florida and made his debut at an NXT house show on March 16, losing to Fabian Aichner. Shaw debuted under his real name, but it was changed to Dexter Lumis in June. That same month, it was announced that Dexter Lumis would be one of the participants in the NXT Breakout Tournament. In the first round, Lumis lost to Bronson Reed.
Following the tournament, Lumis was not seen on NXT for several months until he made his return on the April 1 2020 episode of NXT where he defeated Jake Atlas. Throughout 2020, Lumis has allied with Velveteen Dream and frequently interfered in Dream’s matches. At NXT: Greatest American Bash, Lumis defeated Roderick Strong in a strap match and then beat Timothy Thatcher and Finn Bálor to qualify for a NXT North American Championship opportunity at NXT TakeOver: XXX.
On August 5, William Regal, NXT’s general manager, announced Lumis would not be participating at NXT TakeOver: XXX due to an ankle injury.
Dexter Lumis Returns From Injury
Lumis returned to NXT television on the September 30th episode of NXT, appearing in a backstage segment with Cameron Grimes. The following week, he defeated Austin Theory but was attacked by Grimes after the match. On the October 14th episode of NXT, Lumis challenged Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship but lost after Grimes came out and stomped him on the apron while the referee was checking on Priest.
Lumis defeated Grimes in a Haunted House of Terror match at NXT: Halloween Havoc. On the November 11th episode of NXT, Lumis faced Timothy Thatcher in a match after the latter threw August Grey into a caricature that was painted by Lumis backstage. Lumis lost that match after Grimes interfered again with a distraction. Grimes subsequently wrapped Lumis’s head in a burlap sack and attacked him. The following week, they faced off in a blindfold match which ended in an apparent no contest after Grimes unknowingly knocked the referee unconscious and eventually ran off. Lumis then defeated Grimes in a strap match on at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
On January 6, 2021, Lumis hosted NXT TakeOver: New Year’s Evil. On the January 13th episode of NXT, Lumis lost to Johnny Gargano in a non-title match after interference by Theory.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Full Throttle Pro Wrestling
- FTPW Championship (1 time)
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- TNA Gut Check Winner
- Tried-N-True Pro
- TNT Championship (1 time, inaugural)
- TNT Championship Tournament (2017)
- United States Wrestling Alliance
- USWA Championship (1 time)
- Vintage Wrestling
- Vintage Heavyweight Championship (3 times)