He and Buddy Langley defeated Andrea the Giant and Robert Royal (with Neil Sharkey). Happer also beat Mike West at the September 24 "Fallout in Butner" show. In late 2001, he returned to the Carolinas Wrestling Federation, now known as FWA-Carolinas, one of two U.S. affiliate promotions under the UK's Frontier Wrestling Alliance. Happer was a mainstay in Matt and Jeff Hardy's OMEGA throughout the late-1990s. He competed in a non-tournament match at the August 1 Johnny Weaver Cup Quarterfinals wrestling Jaxson Dane to a 10-min.

The following month, he and Jimmy Jack Funk, Jr. (with Count Grog) beat "Handsome" Frank Stalletto and Mickey Gambino (with Phildel Castra) at the Cherry Bounce Festival in Raleigh. [4] On June 14, 2004, Onyx was brought in by TNA as a member of The Elite Guard and debuted as a member of the faction with Hotstuff Hernandez and Chad Collyer. However, they did start a feud with CZW's own Blackout while both teams competed in the tournament, due to Onyx and Rainman accusing them of ruining the Blackout name. He followed this up with a victory over Jerry Wayne at A Date With Destiny on October 20, 2007. They were defeated by The Comets (60-21) while also competing against Knightdale and the Chargers. They defended the titles for three weeks before losing the belts to The Triad (Seven and Thrash) in a no-disqualification match. Styles and Jeff Hardy on the September 3 episode of Impact!, but were defeated when Hardy pinned Onyx after a Swanton Bomb. At OMEGA's "Livin' La Vida Lucha" on July 24, 1998, he and Cham Pain wrested Venom in a handicap match. At BattleCade 7, Happer defeated Damien Wayne at the Carolina Sports Arena on December 30, 2006. Shortly before The Dupp's departure from Memphis, Happer was brought in for several matches with the company. That same year, The Dupps became the first tag team champions for Carolinas Wrestling Federation, however, the titles were vacated when they left the promotion in 2001. Outside of pro wrestling, Happer is an educator and instructor in high school athletics. The first being New Year's Knockout on January 16, 2010, defeating T.J. Mack, and CWF Rumble on October 16, 2010, where he and Jimmy Parker fought to a no-contest. A.J. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. He also had a brief stint in Southern States Wrestling where, on September 1, 1997, he was pinned by Johnny Thunder in a tag team match for the vacant SSW Heavyweight Championship in Fall Branch, Tennessee. at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena he and Pat Cusick took on Big Show in a handicap match. While under a developmental contract with WWE, Happer also competed under his real name until being released in 2001. On January 26, 2012, Happer and the Trojans competed against, and lost to, county rivals Cleveland High School and the Rams for the Eastern Carolina 3A Conference's regular-season wrestling championship. [8] They were brought in to help Jeff Jarrett in his feud against the 3Live Kru. Lazarus. He continued wrestling in tag teams over the summer. [10] In December, Onyx and Rainman, now known as The Blackout,[11] were unsuccessful in winning a tournament for the vacant World Tag Team Title. In wrestling. Happer also came back to Southern Championship Wrestling where, on January 31, 2002, he defeated Kross a tournament final to win the then vacant heavyweight title. n/a.

On October 8, he defeated Lou Marconi (with Count Grog) at Bud Light Concert Series in Raleigh. Happer regained the title from Anderson, a record fifth time, at SCW's final show "Blowout Bash" on November 20, 2004.