After regularly attending independent wrestling shows during his teenage years, he met "Vicious Vic" Grimes. After keeping in contact with him, Hawxhurst eventually received full training from Grimes. In 1999, Hawxhurst made his pro wrestling debut in Pensacola, Florida as Perry Douglas against Lightning Kid Jerry Riner. Soon afterwards, he toured the United States independent circuit before being signed to a contract by Xtreme Pro Wrestling. Upon his XPW debut, Hawxhurst, under the ring name Altar Boy Luke, was placed in a tag team with Altar Boy Matthew to form The Altar Boys. To further emphasize their characters, both Luke and Matthew shaved their heads and wore white preaching robes.
After Matthew left XPW due to family issues, Luke began competing as a singles wrestler, and participated in the final King of the Deathmatch Tournament to determine the new King of the Deathmatch Champion. He won his first round match by beating Vinnie Massaro, but lost to Supreme in the second round. Despite losing the tournament, Luke faced Supreme in a Bed of Light Tubes and Barbed Wire match at the Fallout event on October 5 and defeated him to win the King of the Deathmatch Title. On December 21 at the Merry F'n X-Mas event, Luke re-lost the title to Supreme in a House of Horrors Match.
On May 24, 2008 at XPW's reunion event, Cold Day In Hell, Hawx defeated Jack Evans and Scorpio Sky in a three-way match. On August 22, 2009 at XPW's 10 Year Anniversary show, Hawx and Sky defeated Matt Cross and Tool in a tag team match.
When XPW folded in early 2003, Hawxhurst changed his ring name to Luke Hawx and also adopted a more traditional ring attire before resuming work on the independent circuit for various promotions, including Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Combat Zone Wrestling, and NWA Wildside.
On the November 11, 2006 taping of MTV's Wrestling Society X, Hawx debuted for the show in a losing effort to Human Tornado. At the taping the next day, Hawx teamed with Al Katrazz in a winning effort against Kaos and Aaron Aguilera in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. On the November 14 taping, Hawx and Katrazz won again after defeating Keep It Gangsta (Ruckus and Babi Slymm) before losing to The Trailer Park Boys (Nate Webb and Josh Raymond). On the February 13, 2007 episode of WSX, Hawx and Katrazz defeated Kaos and Aguilera in a TLC rematch. WSX folded shortly afterwards.