Donovan Duke

Donovan Duke

The One Man Rebellion
National Elite Champion


Wrestling Name: Donovan Duke
Birth Name: Donovan Michael Duke (after his maternal grandfather)

Picture Base: Chad Gable
Current Nicknames: The Oklahoma Gentleman, The Decimator, The Gambler
Height: 5’10’’ Weight: 212 lbs.
Hometown: Stillwater, OK

Disposition/Alignment: Mouthy & Take no crap Babyface.
Gimmick: Oklahoma country boy raised as a gentleman turned Las Vegas card shark turned in-ring competitor.

Theme Music: "The Outsiders" by Eric Church

In Season 14, Donovan's biggest motivator was to show fans and the other Elitist in the locker room that he has what it takes to be in EAW and that he belongs. Winning at Pain For Pride helped Donovan achieve that. For Season 15, he has some new motivators.
Championship Gold: Donovan proved that he can hang with the best, but he wants 15 to be the season where he wins his first taste of championship gold.

Respect: He's still pretty inexperienced compared to most of the EAW roster. Most probably don't like him because of the whole Insurgency thing, but he wants his wrestling to do the talking and help him earn the respect of the veterans in the locker room.
Competition: There are many heavy hitter names on the roster that he wants to either wrestle for the first time or get a rematch against.

As the youngest of 3 brothers, Donovan grew up on an Oklahoma ranch and learned very quickly about having a good work ethic. Donovan always wanted to be a wrestler since his older brothers were high school wrestling champions and then became a successful tag team. He wanted to start training when he graduated high school, but his parents discouraged and opposed the idea because they didn't think he could handle the pro wrestling environment like his brothers could. Donovan was just as athletic, but no matter how hard he tried, baby brother couldn't escape the shadows of his brothers. He ultimately got fed up with the arguing and the ridiculing of his dreams, so Donovan went to college and decided to make a career out of his second love--card games.

At 18, Donovan started playing blackjack and poker at local Oklahoma casinos. He quickly developed a reputation as a prodigy around the casino circuit. After a year of playing in the Sooner State, Donovan took a chance to try his skills on a worldwide level when he decided to enter a World Series of Poker event in Europe during a college study abroad trip. It was a gamble that paid off when he won the tournament (and his 1st of 6 WSOP Braclets) at 19. After taking the casino world by storm winning poker and blackjack tournaments under the moniker "The Decimator", Donovan got a chance to give his wrestling dream another shot when his older brothers offered to let him be their manager.

During his time as a manager, he was able to enjoy both things he loved (he played poker to supplement his income while he was a manager and took college classes). For almost 2 years, Donovan managed his brothers to tag team success, but Donovan always wanted to do more. He didn't think he would ever get the chance to get in the ring, but he would soon about realize his dream when EAW wanted to sign him as a wrestler. He knew that signing with EAW meant that his poker playing would be limited, but he was happy to risk his first career to have a chance at his childhood dream. Donovan is ready to break out on his own and do what it takes to live his dream, tell his story, and prove himself in the world of wrestling.

Wrestling Debut: 2018 (As a Manager), 2020 (As a Wrestler)
Favorite Match Types: Ironman and Submission Matches for his appreciation of technical wrestling.
Least Favorite Match Types:
None. He is determined to do whatever it takes to prove his point, be successful, and keep the spotlight on him. That means competing in any match thrown his way.
Tendency to Cheat: If needed

Attires: Segment Attire In-Ring Attire

In-Ring Achievements:
24/7 Contract Battle Royal Winner (Pain for Pride XIV)
National Elite Champion (King of Elite 2022- Present)

MVE Awards:
Rising Star of the Week #243, #254, #283, #290
Beef of the Week #296, #303, #310, #314
Match of the Week #301, #310, #313, #314
Champion of the Week #314
Most Valuable Elitist #301, #314

>No Fear: Donovan is not afraid of anybody and will never back down from a fight against any opponent no matter how much bigger or stronger they are.

>Adaptable: Donovan considers himself an all-around wrestler. He can change his style to match or get the advantage over his matter the size or experience level
>Underestimated: Some opponents immediately underestimate him because he's one of the smaller members of the EAW roster. He knows it too and takes full advantage of that when the match begins.
>Reading Opponents: His years of poker playing have given Donovan an uncanny ability to read opponents by their eyes, body language, or movements. That helps him stay two steps ahead of his opponents and keep them off-kilter.
>Never Say Die: Very persistent/stubborn. Will keep fighting until he absolutely has nothing left.
>Powerful: Even as one of the smallest men on the roster, he can show off his power and feats of strength against his larger opponents when given the opportunity.

>Mouthy: Donovan isn't afraid to speak what is on his mind (good or bad) and that can either help his cause...sometimes get him into trouble.
>Small: Donovan is one of the smallest men on the roster, so that gives his larger opponents an better chance of overpowering him.


>>Common Moves
>> Suplex Variations
Donovan can do any suplex, but his favorites are:
1. German

2. Northern Lights
3. Belly to Belly
4. Dragon
5. Tiger

6. Double Armed
7. Rolling Chaos Theory
8. Superplex
9. Delayed Vertical (If he wants to show a little bit of strength)

1. Corner Handspring Elbow
2. Somersault Leg Drop
3. Springboard Handspring Elbow
4. Cartwheel DDT
5. Handspring Stunner
6. Hurricanrana

7. Headscissor Variations

>>High Flying/ Top Rope<<
1. Moonsault (Can also do a standing version)
2. Shooting Star Press (Can also do a standing version)
3. Suicide Dive
4. 450 Splash
5. Top Rope Crossbody

6. Dragonrana
7. Missile Dropkick
8. Tornado DDT

1. Military Press
2. Powerbomb
3. Spinebuster
4. Running Powerslam

5. Fallaway Slam
6. Sitout Dominator

1. Roundhouse Kick
2. Superkick
3. Spinning Heel Kick
4. Dragon Whip

5. Dropkick
6. Pele Kick

1. Bow and Arrow Hold
2. Triangle Choke
3. Ankle Lock
4. Fujiwara Armbar

5. Rear-Naked Choke
6. Haas of Pain

>>Other Moves<<
1. Swinging Neckbreaker
2. Snap DDT
3. Sitout Facebuster
4. Sidewalk Slam

5. Running Knee Lift
6. Sitout Jawbreaker
7. Clothesline Variations
8. Lariat Variations

>>Signature Moves:
1. “Dealer’s Choice”, Spinning Back Fist
2. “Drawing Dead", Michinoku Driver
3. “Southern Hospitality”,
Headlock Lariat into a Backbreaker
4. “Gambler's Roulette", Giant Swing

5. “Stack the Deck”, Phoenix Splash

>>Finishing Moves:
1. “Royal Flush”, Widow’s Peak
2. “Bankrupt”, Guillotine Choke Submission
3. “Duke of Hazard”, Fireman's carry back-to-belly piledriver (
Hiromu Takahashi's Time Bomb)
UF. "Utter Decimation",
Grapevine Dragon Sleeper

Has a bit of a nerdy side. He does play video games on his down time when not playing cards or training.

Hates the thought of submitting during a match. He will do whatever he can to fight through the pain, but he's realistic and doesn't want to risk injury. If he sees that there is absolutely no chance for survival, he will give it up to fight another day.

A student of the game. Does varying types of training to keep in shape, tie everything together, and diversify his wrestling arsenal. Outside of wrestling, Donovan loves to do MMA (training his grappling, striking, and submission skills) and occasionally gymnastics (training his high-flying and acrobatic skills and accuracy).
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Ronn Bank$

The Culture
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Hello, I realize your thread hasn't been responded to yet so I just wanted to bring you up to speed. We are at the end of the season and in the middle of the buildup to our biggest show of the year Pain for Pride, therefore the new sign ups can't be assigned to a brand because following Pain for Pride the season ends and everybody becomes free agents up until the draft which occurs a week after Pain for Pride.

With that said, you'll be sorted to a brand on the fourth of July weekend and you'll be booked in a Fight Grid match on this coming Sunday following PFP against an opponent we'll inform you of when the time comes along with deadline information. Thanks for bearing with us and welcome to EAW!
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Thank you! I am very happy to be here. I completely understand with everything going on. I do appreciate you keeping me informed.
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Hello, welcome to EAW! I hope you enjoy your time, you will be drafted on Saturday when the EAW Draft comes. But until then you will be booked against @Mason Massacre and @Hevel in a Fight Grid match this week, promo deadline this Sunday at 11:59 PM EST of NXT

Donovan Duke

The One Man Rebellion
National Elite Champion
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Donovan Duke

The One Man Rebellion
National Elite Champion
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Donovan Duke

The One Man Rebellion
National Elite Champion
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