“Long Live Tommy End”- Aleister Black Retires his WWE Character, Reverts to his Indy Name

Published 06/03/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


WWE released a bunch of top talent; among them was Aleister Black. The former NXT Champion returned to SmackDown two weeks ago, only to lose his job shockingly. Although WWE expressed interest in him till the very end, it’s clear that Tommy End needed to be reborn.

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“RIP Aleister Black, long live Tommy End”

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On the independent scene, Tommy End was a no-nonsense sh*t-kicker, minus the corny gimmick. He wrestled in promotions like Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Combat Zone Wrestling, Evolve and European promotions like wXw and OTT.

He made his WWE debut at the inaugural United Kingdom Championship tournament where he faced Neville [Pac]. They changed his name to Aleister Black, and he debuted on US soil at NXT Takeover: Orlando against Andrade Cien Almas. A year later, he won the NXT Championship at Takeover: New Orleans from Andrade.

His main roster run featured stellar matches against Cesaro, Buddy Murphy and Seth Rollins, but he never reached the main event. The closest he came to reaching the headline spot was at Money in the Bank, but King Corbin tossed him off the roof of Titan Towers.

With his WWE career in the rear-view mirror, Black didn’t hesitate to revert to his old ways. On Instagram, he thanked fans for their support, and announced the revival of Tommy End. “For now WWE Universe, I am happy to have met you. Till we, maybe, one day meet again. Rest in peace Aleister Black, long live Tommy End.”

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What’s next for him?

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A superstar like Tommy End would benefit from a promotion like IMPACT or AEW. With his corny WWE gimmick off his shoulders, he can bring back the striker from Amsterdam that people feared. From his look, the long hair and tattoos to his demeanour and wrestling style, Tommy End screams World Champion material.

The place a wrestler like End would succeed is New Japan Pro Wrestling. Let’s face it; End simply isn’t a brilliant talker and his connection with the audience is based on his wrestling ability and the ability to say a lot with few words. The only place in the world that could work is in NJPW, the most wrestling-heavy company in the world.

Tommy End vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, End vs Ibushi, End vs Ishii and End vs Suzuki and just some matches that make fans’ mouths salivate. Trust the process, and within ninety days we could see Tommy End compete in the G1 Climax.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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