Hutter began his professional wrestling career in 2002, and worked for several promotions beginning in October 2006. In July 2006, 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 time with WWE, he competed in the fourth and fifth seasons of WWE NXT. Although he was signed to WWE, Hutter competed in several Independent promotions, winning the AIW Absolute Championship and the Firestorm Pro Heavyweight Championship.
- Absolute Intense Wrestling Absolute Championship
- Firestorm Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship
- Florida Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship
- Impact Wrestling Grand Championship