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Phillip Paul Lloyd (born March 3, 1981), better know as Justin Gabriel, is a South African professional wrestler best known for his time in WWE between 2010 and 2015. He's best known as a member of The Nexus and The Corre. He started wrestling at 16 under the name PJ Black, a name he has resumed using since his WWE release. Nicknamed "The Darewolf", he's currently a member of the World Wide Underground on Lucha Underground.

He's been a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Heath Slater, the first ever GFW NEX*GEN Champion, and a TNA King of the Mountain Championnote .


"The Cape Trope Werewolf":

  • Ambiguously Brown: Similar to Hulk Hogan, he's a white guy with a tan that makes him look deceptively darker. Specifically, though, he's a South African of European descent, much like Charlize Theron.
  • Bishōnen: Especially in his pre-late-2010 clean-shaven look.
  • Camp Straight: Particularly before joining Nexus. Being part of a uniformed invading force kinda has a downplaying effect. Then he started growing his beard, which downplayed it even more.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His finisher wipes him out too. True of all high-flying finishers to an extent, yes, but in WWE it was played up to the point he would stay on the turnbuckle for several moments hesitating or preparing himself before hitting it and afterwards would noticeably strain himself to recover after the fact. This made the move look even more dangerous than it was, and WWE knew they could get away with it since the 450 splash isn't a move they normally let guys do.
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  • The Dandy: The teased hair, earrings, and delicate features make him look like a scene kid.
  • Darker and Edgier: His look progressively became this, and he put more emphasis on the "daring" element of his character. This only accelerated following his release.
    PJ Black: I don't save my best shit for WrestleMania.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The beginning of his face turn he saw significantly more TV time and as well as a push. He was then dropped back down to jobber status.
  • The Dragon: To Wade Barrett in the Nexus.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After he beat Tyson Kidd on WWE Superstars, the two started teaming.
  • Defector from Decadence: Twice with Slater. First by refusing to be initiated into CM Punk's New Nexus, and later disbanding the Corre when Barrett tried to make it all about him again.
  • Demoted to Extra: After The Nexus and Corre ended, his screen time was severely reduced.
  • Finishing Move: The second of only three wrestlers in the last fifteen years to use the 450 splash in WWE. WWE's usually enforced a promotion-wide embargo on it due to various botches, but Gabriel was still allowed the use of it because he's that good at it. He also does a Springboard variation of the 450 called the Placebo Effect.
  • Fingore: Apparently had to have a finger reattatched after a real life base jumping accident.
  • Fragile Speedster: A very fast wrestler, that's also very bad for him if he screws up.
  • Glass Cannon: Has a very lethal finisher, that's also very bad for him if he screws up. This was actually played up extra in WWE (see Cast from Hit Points) due to the aforementioned rarity of the 450 splash in that company.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Let's see, good looks? Check. Likable personality? Check. High Flier? Check. Even WWE knew they couldn't keep him heel once the Corre and Nexus were done and turned him as soon as possible.
  • I Have the High Ground: Does he ever!
  • Jobber: Became this towards the end of his WWE run.
  • Keet
  • Mr. Fanservice: He competed in male modeling contests in South Africa in 2007 and 2008.
  • Mythology Gag: His last name comes from the Archangel Gabriel, a Call-Back to his FCW name, Justin Angel.
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • Red Baron: Cape Town Werewolf, the last word of which he eventually changed to Darewolf.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Or flipping, as it were. His Finishing Move is the 450° Splash.
  • Underwear of Power
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Slater. Until he thought Gabriel just held him down, thus their friendship ended.
  • Wrestling Family: His father, Paul Lloyd Sr., was a trainer, promoter and wrestler under the name "The Pink Panther."

Alternative Title(s): PJ Black