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Trivia / Aleister Black

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  • Actor-Shared Background: Tom Budgen is actually a Laveyan Satanist.
  • Big Name Fan: Of Ghost.
  • Breakup Breakout: Of "The Sumerian Death Squad", one of the most successful tag teams in the European circuit during the early 2010s. The team split when End went over to WWE in 2016 and found success rechristened as Aleister Black, winning the NXT Title and becoming one of the brand’s top stars. Dante stayed in Europe to compete as a singles star and has maintained a relatively low profile.
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  • Fan Nickname: Satanic Karate Wizard, as it basically describes his character in a nutshell.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: During his stint in wXw:
    • Bio Hazard's "New World Disorder"
    • Unearth's "Zombie Autopilot"
    • Necro's "Frank Zito"
    • Brutality Will Prevail's "Heyvy Eyes"
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The write-out from the triple-threat, like many, was prompted by a legit injury to Black, in which he got hurt from the turnbuckle crotch spot. Yikes.
  • Romance on the Set: Dated Zelina Vega during their time on NXT and got engaged (and later married) a year later.
  • What Could Have Been: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV would have featured a triple threat between himself, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa, for the NXT Championship, but the plans fell short due to Black's real life injury (written in NXT as Gargano's attack after an NXT episode).
  • Write What You Know: His gimmick as a dark persona is inspired by his father, who grew up in a religious cult.


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