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Babatunde Aiyegbusi (May 26, 1988) is a Polish professional wrestler, football player, a Polish representative in this sport, a three-time champion and two-time runner-Polish, bronze medalist of the Czech Republic. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he appears on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Commander Azeez. He is half-Nigerian and half-Polish.

Early career

Aiyegbusi began his basketball career, which is practiced by about 4 years. In 2005 won the Polish junior basketball playing in the team of Slask Wroclaw. In the 2005/2006 season he played one match for the reserves Silesia competition Division II, also winning the championship as a point guard.

Because of frequent problems with gaining fouls and infractions he decided to end his basketball career and began to pursue a career in football. Aiyegbusi began playing American football in 2005 as an offensive lineman. He played in the Polish American Football League for The Crew Wrocław, Giants Wrocław and Warsaw Eagles and in the German Football League for Dresden Monarchs. In 2015, Ayegbusi was signed by Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League and he participated in their preseason program, playing three preseason games before being released as part of roster cuts prior to the 2015 NFL season.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

NXT (2015-2020)

In 2015, he began his career wrestling in the WWE. In 2016 he signed a developmental contract with the federation.

Aiyegbusi made his debut in 2016 during a September 30th NXT Live event, participating in a Battle Royal match won by NXT rookie Dan Matha. The following year in 2017 on the January 14th NXT Live event, Aiyegbusi won his first singles match, defeating Australian wrestler Chris Atkins. His next victory came on 24 March, when he defeated Demitrius Bronson. By June 2017 he compiled a 5-1 win-loss record in singles matches, losing his first match on a June 2nd NXT Live event to Sawyer Fulton before rebounding with two consecutive victories in their rematches. Throughout the remaining course of 2017, Aiyegbusi wrestled against other NXT opponents including Buddy Murphy, Demitrius Bronson, Jeet Rama and Kassius Ohno. He finished the year with a victory on December 16th, defeating Brazilian wrestler Cezar Bononi.

In 2020 the newly named Dabba-Kato would have an undefeated streak in Raw Underground before losing it to Braun Strowman.

EVOLVE Wrestling (2019)

Between NXT Live events, Babatunde appeared in EVOLVE, due to WWE's business relationship. On May 10th, Babatunde debuted in EVOLVE 127, where he defeated Adrian Alanis. The following night at EVOLVE 128 Babatunde returned for his second match, defeating Liam Gray. The following month, Babatunde returned at EVOLVE 129, during which he defeated Harlem Bravado. The following night at EVOLVE 130, Babatunde competed against James Drake for the World Wrestling Network Championship, but ended in a No Contest finish. Babatunde returned at EVOLVE 131 during which he won a singles match against Colby Corino. Returning at EVOLVE 132, Babatunde defeated Joe Gacy. Two months later, Babatunde returned at EVOLVE 135, wrestling against Austin Theory in a match that ended in No Contest.

In wrestling

  • Finishers
  • Nigerian Nail (High speed thumb thrust)
  • Signature moves

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