Aleister Black

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.

Black joined the developmental brand NXT in April 2017, debuting at NXT TakeOver: Orlando. At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in April 2018, Black won the NXT Championship and held it until July 2018. In April 2019, Black was moved to WWE’s main roster brand, SmackDown. Later that year in October, he was drafted to Raw. Black has a preeminent win-loss record in WWE. He disappeared from TV around the time his wife Zelina Vega was released from contract. Black returned to TV with a new gimmick portraying a heel, but was released shortly after in June 2021. Because of a contract oversight, he debuted a month later with All Elite Wrestling and changed his name to 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