When DSW and WWE parted ways, Wilson relocated to Tampa, Florida to train in the WWE developmental facility Florida Championship Wrestling.
In late 2007, he worked with Harry Smith, Nattie Neidhart, Teddy Hart, and Ted Di Biase Jr. Although Natalya was managing Kidd on ECW, she was still officially a member of the Smack Down brand until April 15, 2009, when she was drafted to ECW as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft to join Kidd.
after receiving impressive reviews from former WWE trainer Bill De Mott.
He moved to WWE developmental territory Deep South Wrestling (DSW) in February 2007 with fellow signee and girlfriend Nattie Neidhart.
Wilson trained at Stu Hart's Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.