After graduating from Millard North High School in Omaha,
Nebraska, Lance (McNaught) Cade started his wrestling career
by becoming a student at the Shawn Michaels Wrestling
Academy in San Antonio, Texas in 1999.
Cade and fellow wrestler Bryan Danielson went to Japan on
December 1, 1999. They competed in Frontier Martial-Arts
Wrestling. Cade and Danielson worked as a tag team for a
while before they went their separate ways.
After Cade signed with the World Wrestling Federation,
he was sent to Memphis Championship Wrestling in 2001.
During the summer of that same year, he was moved to Les
Thatcher's Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA).
During the summer of 2002, he signed a WWE developmental contract in 2003. Cade continued to search for a strong tag-team partner to work with. He found René Duprée ,the two worked as a tag-team throughout most of their stay in OVW. He would also tag with Mark Jindrak for a short time.
He was promoted to the Raw brand in June 2003 under the name, Garrison Cade.
Going into 2004, Cade and Jindrak continued to work together as a team, firmly entrenched in the mid-card ranks. The team got a win in March 2004, when they defeated Hurricane and Rosey to earn a shot at the World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania XX. Cade and Jindrak entered a four-way tag match against the champions, Booker T and Rob Van Dam, La Résistance and the Dudley Boyz.
He was taken off WWE television after an injury in July 2004. While off WWE television for quite some time, Cade returned to OVW in 2005 under his former ring name Lance Cade in order begin a return to the main roster.
On August 22, 2005 a promo was shown on Raw showcasing a long-haired Cade, who was soon to be returning with tag team partner Trevor Murdoch. The promo showed Cade and Murdoch portraying rednecks, with Cade playing the role of a smooth-talking cowboy while Murdoch was depicted as an angry Southern trucker.
Cade and Murdoch debuted as a team on Raw, but after just a few months it was announced that Cade and Murdoch had parted ways as a tag team. The next week, Cade debuted with the gimmick of a "Refined Southern Gentleman," wearing new tights with rhinestones on them as well as his new jacket he wore to the ring.
Eventually the Cade and Murdoch tandem reformed.
Cade and Murdoch next entered a short-lived feud against D-Generation X Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Cade and Murdoch began a feud in April with World Tag Team Champions The Hardys,
On the May 12, 2008 episode of Raw, Cade turned on Murdoch following a "victory song," punching Murdoch in the face twice, ending the partnership. The two faced off on the edition of June 2, 2008 of Raw, with Cade getting the victory to end their feud.
Cade formed an alliance with Chris Jericho on the June 16 airing of Raw when he assisted Jericho in laying out John Cena and Triple H. In the following weeks, Cade began accompanying Jericho to the ring for his matches, becoming a protégé of sorts and aiding him in his feud with Shawn Michaels.
On October 14, 2008, Cade was released from his WWE contract.
Less than a week after his release, he began accepting bookings with Trevor Murdoch as a team on the independent circuit, in the Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South and NWA Showcase.
Cade returned to Japan in December 2008 teaming with his former tag team partner René Duprée.
He wrestled Trevor Murdoch at a World Stars of Wrestling event in September 2009.
In September 2009, Cade was re-signed by WWE, appearing in its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, but was released in April 2010 without returning to the main roster.