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Tom Budgen (May 19, 1985), better known by his ring name Aleister Black, is a Dutch professional wrestler currently signed to WWE performing on the Smackdown brand. In NXT he is a former NXT Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2002–2016)

Budgen wrestled extensively on the independent circuit in the United Kingdom and Europe under the ring name Tommy End, working for promotions including Insane Championship Wrestling, Progress Wrestling, westside Xtreme wrestling, Over the Top Wrestling and Revolution Pro Wrestling among others. He also worked for international promotions, such as North America's Combat Zone Wrestling, Evolve and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla as well as the Japanese promotion Big Japan Pro Wrestling.

End held numerous championships, including being a former wXw Unified World Heavyweight Champion, wXw World Light Heavyweight Champion, wXw World Tag Team Champion, ICW Tag Team Champion and a former Progress Wrestling Tag Team Champion.

End is known for having an extensive background in martial arts and competed in various martial arts such as kickboxing and Pencak Silat from ages 9 to 15. End still teaches and trains kickboxing to this day. End has adapted most of his background into his wrestling style giving him a unique striking ability and is known for utilizing devastating striking combinations to finish opponents. Kickboxing remains the biggest influence on his style in pro wrestling.

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE

NXT (2016–2019)

In June 2016, it was reported that Budgen had signed with WWE. He reported to the WWE Performance Center on October 19. On November 3, Budgen appeared during a house show at Ft. Pierce, Florida and cut a promo saying that he came to NXT to "burn" it down. On November 11, at a house show in St. Augustine, Florida, End made his in-ring debut, defeating Lince Dorado.

During the inaugural USA Network broadcast of the December 13, 2017 edition of NXT, Black defeated Adam Cole in a qualifying match to enter a Fatal Four-Way Number One Contendership match for the NXT Championship held by Andrade Almas. During that same night, Black wrestled in the Fatal Four-Way match, meeting Johnny Gargano, Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan. The match concluded with Gargano winning and becoming the Number One Contender for the NXT title. Black finished 2017 with a streak of victories during December, with wins over Chad Lail (formerly known as Gunner from his Impact Wrestling days), Buddy Murphy and Kona Reeves.

Black returned to NXT on January 4, 2018 to challenge for the NXT Tag Team titles. Teaming with Roderick Strong, they were unsuccessful in their first title challenge against the defending champions Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly of the stable known as The Undisputed ERA. He later teamed with Kassius Ohno during the January 5th and 6th editions of NXT but again failed to capture the NXT Tag titles. For the remainder of January, Black maintained an undefeated singles streaks, defeating opponents including Marcel Barthel, Tino Sabbatelli, Buddy Murphy, Fabian Aichner and Adam Cole. This undefeated streak in singles matches continued throughout the following month of February, defeating opponents such as Killian Dain, Buddy Murphy and The Velveteen Dream. Throughout the course of March, Black remained undefeated, wrestling and defeating opponents including The Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole, newcomer Christopher Dijak and Kona Reeves. At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Black defeated Andrade Almas to win the NXT Championship. During the April 11th NXT Tapings successfully defended the NXT title in a dark match, defeating Eric Young. During the April 14th edition of NXT, Black continued his undefeated streak, defeating Kona Reeves in a non-title singles match.

Black's winning streak remained intact in title defenses against Andrade Almas, Tino Sabbatelli and The Velveteen Dream between the remainder of April and early May months. He also teamed with Ricochet on two occasions to defeat Andrade Almas & The Velveteen Dream in tag matches. On May 5, Black continued his undefeated streak, defeating Marcel Barthel. During the May 16-17 and May 19-20 house shows, Black defeated Alexander Wolfe in consecutive title matches. On June 1, Black began the month teaming with Johnny Gargano & Ricochet in a six-man tag match defeating Lars Sullivan, The Velveteen Dream & Tommaso Ciampa.

Personal life

As early as November 2018, WrestlingInc reported Bugden is married to Thea Trinidad, known in WWE as Zelina Vega, the valet of WWE superstar Andrade Almas.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Black Mass (Spin kick)
    • Blood Moon Stomp / Crescent Moon Stomp / Owari Death Stomp (Diving double foot stomp) 2002 - 2016
    • Dragon Slayer / Owari Death Clutch (Modified dragon sleeper, sometimes preceded by a standing cutter) 2002 - 2016
    • Anti Cross / Black Death (Modified hanging octopus hold) 2002 - 2016
  • Signature moves
    • Brainbuster
    • Discus knee strike
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Deadlift German
      • Exploder
      • Saito
    • Multiple striking combinations
    • Roundhouse kick
    • Springboard moonsault, (sometimes to the outside of the ring)
  • With Michael Dante
    • Double team finishing moves
      • Anti Hero (Bodyscissor (Dante) / diving front flip cutter (End) combination)
      • Black Mass (Release gourdbuster (End) followed by front powerslam (Dante))
      • Dead Man's Trigger (Reverse bodyscissor (Dante) / diving double knee strike (End) combination)
      • Majestic Twelve (End does a running knee strike in the corner, whilst Dante comes in from the apron and gives his opponent a gore while jumping through the ropes at the same time)
  • Nicknames
    • "The End"
    • "The Anti-Hero"
    • "The Striking Man From Amsterdam"
    • "The Harbinger of Fury"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Zombie Autopilot" by Unearth
    • "New World Disorder" by Biohazard
    • "Frank Zito" by Necro
    • "Heavy Eyes" by Brutality Will Prevail
    • "Root of All Evil" by CFO$ feat. Incendiary (WWE; 2017-present)

Championships and accomplishments

  • CWN Mittelgewichtsmeisterschaft Championship
  • FCP Championship
  • FWG Lightweight Championship
  • ICW Tag Team Championship
  • ICWA European Tag Team Championship
  • ICWA France Heavyweight Championship
  • ICWA Heavyweight Championship
  • PWS Heavyweight Championship
  • SWE Tag Team Championship (with Michael Dante as The Sumerian Death Squad)
  • wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
  • wXw World Lightweight Championship (2-times)
  • wXw World Tag Team Championship (with Anthony Zeus as The Sumerian Death Squad)

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