Hutter began his professional wrestling career in 2002, and wrestled for several promotions beginning in 2006. In July 2009, Hutter signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he wrestled as Derrick Bateman. He was assigned to WWE's developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with Johnny Curtis. During his first tenure with WWE, he competed in the fourth and fifth seasons of NXT.
- Absolute Intense Wrestling Absolute Championship
- Firestorm Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship
- Florida Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship
- Impact Wrestling Grand Championship