Stephon Strickland is a 30-year-old wrestler from Tacoma, Washington. He wrestles for WWE’s NXT brand and performs under the ring name, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
Strickland started his wrestling training at the age of 18 years old while in his first year of military service. In the early years of his career, Strickland had military commitments in Pennsylvania which meant he was only able to wrestle in that general area.
In September 2011, Strickland debuted for National Wrestling Alliance in a losing match to Phil Brown. The following March he defeated Alex Payne in a match for his debut at East Coast Wrestling Association and then debuted for World Xtreme Wrestling in a six-man match on September 15, 2012.
Strickland’s Combat Zone Wrestling Debut
Strickland wrestled for Combat Zone Wrestling starting in 2012 and won the CZW Wired TV Championship in a fatal four way ladder match in September 2013. He lost the title to Joe Gacy at Dojo Wars 6 but regained it at Dojo Wars 7.
In May 2012, Strickland made his debut for Evolve Wrestling teaming with Latin Dragon to defeat DMC and Nate Carter. On August 4 2018, Strickland defeated Matt Riddle to win the Evolve Championship at Evolve 108. His reign lasted three months.
Strickland wrestled for various promotions including Westside Xtreme Wrestling where he won the wXw World Tag Team Championship with David Starr. Strickland also wrestled for Lucha Underground and held the Lucha Underground Trios Championship twice.
Isaiah Scott’s WWE Contract & Debut
In 2019, Strickland signed with the WWE and was given the ring name, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. His debut match was a dark match against Trevor Lee that took place before the May 1 NXT television taping.
He made his NXT debut on July 3 competing at the NXT Breakout Tournament where he lost in the first round to Cameron Grimes. Scott then debuted on 205 Live in the main event wrestling WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak, in a losing match.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Combat Zone Wrestling
- CZW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CZW Wired TV Championship (2 times)
- DEFY Wrestling
- DEFY 8xGP Championship (2 times)
- Evolve Championship (1 time)
- Ground Xero Wrestling
- GXW Respect Championship (1 time)
- Lucha Underground
- Lucha Underground Trios Championship (2 times)
- Major League Wrestling
- MLW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- MLW World Heavyweight Title Tournament (2018)
- PCW Ultra
- PCW Ultra Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- PCW Ultralight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling 2.0
- PW2.0 Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Vicious Outcast Wrestling
- VOW Hyper Sonic Championship (1 time)
- Westside Xtreme Wrestling
- wXw World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- World Tag Team League (2016)
- WrestleCircus Ringmaster Championship (1 time)
- WrestleCircus Carnival Cash-In (2017)