Malakai Black

  • Born: 05/19/1985 in Alkmaar, Netherlands
  • Birthname: Tom Budgen
  • Height & Weight: 6'0", 215 Ib
Titles Won:
  • NXT Championship
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic (2019) – with Ricochet
  • wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship
  • wXw World Lightweight Championship (2 times)
  • wXw World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Michael Dante

Prior to signing with WWE, Budgen worked for promotions across Europe, United States, and Japan, under the ring name Tommy End. He most notably wrestled for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), Progress Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), and Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), where he held numerous championships including the wXw Unified World Heavyweight Championship, wXw World Lightweight Championship, wXw World Tag Team Championship, ICW Tag Team Championship, and the Progress Tag Team Championship.

Budgen joined WWE on their NXT brand in April 2017, debuting at NXT TakeOver: Orlando. At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in April 2018, he won the NXT Championship and held it until July 2018. In April 2019, he was moved to Raw. Later that year, he was drafted to SmackDown, where he appeared sporadically before being released in June 2021; he joined AEW a month later under a new ring name, “Malakai Black”.

Other Notable Achievements

CWN Mittelgewichtsmeisterschaft

FWG Lightweight Championship

FWG Lightweight Title Tournament (2009)

FCP Championship

FCW Deutschland Lightweight Championship

ICW Tag Team Championship – with Michael Dante

ICWA Heavyweight Championship

ICWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion

ICWA European Tag Team Championship/NWA European Tag Team Championship – with Michael Dante

PWH Tag Team Championship – with Michael Dante

PWS Heavyweight Championship

Progress Tag Team Championship – with Michael Dante

Super Strong Style 16 (2016)

SWE Tag Team Championship – with Michael Dante