Dylan William Black (born August 31, 1994) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to AXW and GWA, where he performs under the ring name Dylan Black.
Dylan Black is currently in a relationship with former EFF superstar Margaret Quinn.
Black was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was homeschooled for most of his life. An avid wrestling fan throughout his entire life, he grew up idolizing the likes of The Undertaker, Sting (wrestler), Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. After making the decision to become a professional wrestler, he began training at Boston Wrestling Factory in 2008 at 14 years old under former professional wrestler Apocalypse.
Professional wrestling career
Black Diamond Wrestling/Extreme Fighting Federation/JCee Productions Wrestling (BDW/EFF/JCPW)
Dylan Black made his official wrestling debut on episode 3 of BDW in the BDW Intercontinental Championship tournament, defeating Jody Kidd in the openers, Kira Yamato in the Quarter Finals, Terry Shaw in the semi Finals, and Kenji Yuri in the Finals to win the BDW Intercontinental Championship. On August 23rd, 2016, BDW was rebranded to EFF. Black started a feud with Dyl Dynamite, culminating to a match at EFF Sell Your Soul, where Black was defeated.
On January 10th, Dylan Black wrestled for JCPW, defeating Will W on episode 1 of JCPW. He then appeared in Episode 2s JCPW World Championship tournament, defeating Kenji Yuri in the quarter finals then losing to Crimson in the semi finals. The next episode, he and fellow EFF star Thayne Bell, aka The EFF Corre, participated in a 4 team JCPW Tag Team Championship tournament, first defeating Chris "Frost" Demon and Crimson and then Havoc in the finals, winning the JCPW Tag Team Championships. Havoc and The EFF Corre fought the next night with the titles on the line, with Havoc being victorious. Dylan Black fought and defeated DOA on episode 4 of JCPW, which would be his final appearence.
The Draft/Post Draft
On July 27, Dylan Black was announced as the #1 overall draft pick, and the #1 draft pick of EFF Mayhem. Dylan Black had been the target of attacks the weeks following Sell Your Soul, concerning the controversial releases of JC Wolfe, Jordan Rodriguez, and Ace. On September 22nd, Dylan Black defeated Donny Octave to advance in the EFF World Heavyweight Championship tournament. EFF closed down after backlash sometime in October.
Global Wrestling Alliance(GWA)
Debut in Season 26
On April 23rd, Black debuted against former world champion The Killer and lost. Black had various matches against the likes of Thayne Bell, Doomtrain, and Mike Lio while feuding with Darksyd3 over who was the rightful future of GWA. Their feud culminated at Pick Your Poison in a Dance with the Devil match, where Black was defeated and sustained an injury. Black returned from injury two weeks later and had a series of matches with John E. Gravely, after which Gravely proclaimed Black as Rookie of the Year. Black began feuding with Blitz, a newcomer who proclaimed Black was over-rated and he was rightful Rookie of the Year. This led to a match at Red, White, Black & Blue, where Black defeated Blitz. Black then aligned with The Brotherhood and attacked International Champion Doomtrain. GWA Management announced that at the final PPV of the season, Black would challenge Doomtrain for the International Championship. Black defeated Doom to win his first championship in GWA on the final night of action during Season 26.
On September 24th, Dylan Black fought and defeated Kaneki, now known as CA-Synz, in an International Championship title defense. He then entered the Riot in the Ring match as the #3 entrant, and lasted to the final 5 before being eliminated by Brewer at 30 minutes. Black then entered a feud with Thayne Bell, which saw them trade the International Championship 3 times. The feud culminated at November Reign, where Black would drop the title in a Texas Deathmatch and sustain an injury. Black returned two weeks later and was chosen by former adversary Doomtrain to be his substiture partner in a Tag Team Championship defense against Black's stablemates the Dangerous Brothers; he ultimately cost Doomtrain the match. He then picked up victories over the likes of then-World Champion Veronica Moon and Mystikal Dragon headed into the Tournament of Bruises PPV, where he lost in the finals to Doomtrain. Dylan Black and Veronica Moon were announced to be participating in a Best of 3 series to determine the challenger for the GWA World Championship at Nuclear Winter, with Black picking up all the falls. At Nuclear Winter, Dylan Black defeated The Killer to become the GWA World Champion for the first time in his career. An injury would cut his reign short at 4 weeks, and after turning down being added to the Main Event match at Revelation, he challenged Brewer to a Last Man Standing match.
Global Wrestling Promotion (GWP)
On August 13th, Black announced via Twitter he was participating in the 10 show GWP Homecoming Tour. He pinned Aiden Ca$h at GWA Inception to win a shot at the GWP Totality Championship at The Great Indian Bash. At TGIB, he lost to the Totality Champion Shane Trudex. At Global Domination 1, he lost a Television Championship match to Xavier Sanchez and Logan Burgess. The Homecoming Tour cancelled all future dates due to declining numbers in views and roster.
Icon Championship Wrestling (ICW)
Black debuted in a match against Steven Dackle for the #1 contendership of the ICW Shooting Star Championship, where he won via DQ. Black lost a Fatal 4Way match at ICW Castle of Glass in a Windshield match, where the winner would receive a 1981 Camaro. Black faced Bobby Barratt in a match for the Shooting Star Championship, coming up short off a distraction from owner Lukas Rieter. He then entered the Icon Rumble in the number 8 spot, but was the runner-up to Chaos Kidd. Later that week, it was announced ICW would be closing down. There are rumors of an ICW revival set to take place in March of 2018.
End of Days (2017)
End of Days Night 4
Black teamed up with Dackle to defeat Michael Storm and Jason Justice on EoD Night 4 in his XHF Network debut.
Firestorm Wrestling Alliance/Rampage Wrestling Alliance(FWA/RWA)
Black signed with FWA and advanced to the semi finals of the ColdWars Championship tournament, before walking out on his opponent. Later on, he dragged out Scorpion, team leader of AXW, and beat him down. He and Dackle, now called "The Darkness," were announced as the first members of Team FWA at the FWA vs AXW PPV, Xtraction. Black then advanced to the finals of the FWA Firestorm Heavyweight Championship tournament, not involved in the final decision as Lethe pinned AK Andrews to win the championship. The Darkness then beat the team of James Raymond and Rob Wyatt in an Asylum match, which earned Black a shot at the Firestorm Heavyweight Championship at Supremacy. He is next scheduled to compete against Jackson Grace in a #1C match for the FHC.
On January 28th, FWA was sold to FWA Head of Security Leon Savage, and rebranded as RWA. He then stripped all champions and announced they'd receive new championships to go along with the rebranding.
On February 17th, Dylan Black defeated Jackson Grace to earn a shot at Lethe's RWA World Championship at the next RWA PPV. On February 20th, it was announced that RWA had been bought out by rival company AXW.
Dylan Black participated in the 5 on 5 Barbed Wire Hell match, being the second man eliminated, by his own partner Steven Dackle.
On January 28th, Black was defeated in controversial decision when Lethe locked in a sharpshooter and the referee immediately called for the bell. Then, The Darkness was defeated in the first round of the Kings of Winter match by The Brotherhood(Stormcrow and Synn).
Anonymous Xtreme Wrestling (AXW)
On March 6th, Dylan Black defeated Brad Swann in his AXW debut. Following the match, Jeffery Viper attacked him, setting up a match at AW's PPV, World War III.
Extreme Wrestling Entertainment (EWE)
Dylan Black was announced as an official member of EWE on March 5th, 2018.
- Finishing moves
- Way of the Reaper (Inverted Death Valley driver/Burning Hammer/Terminating Spike, sometimes off the top turnbuckle)
- Final Solution (Moonstomp)
- Reaper Death Seal (Tequila Sunrise)
- Judgement Day (Double Underhook Facebuster)
- Signature moves
- Powerbomb variations
- Pedigree off the second rope
- Corner-to-corner missile dropkick/Coast-to-Coast
- Springboard Cutter
- Dropsault variation
- Asian Mist
- MMA Punch/Knee Combo
- Spinning Heel Kick
- Clotheslines followed up by a Pele Kick
- German Suplex (sometimes from an Electric Chair position)
- The Grim Reaper
- The Rookie Sensation
- The Second Season/Sophomore Sensation
- The (Crimson) Punisher
- Entrance themes
- In BDW & EFF
- The Book of Heavy Metal by Dream Evil (May 6, 2016 - January 31, 2017)
- Jekyll and Hyde by Five Finger Death Punch (January 31, 2017 - May 22, 2017)
- Jekyll and Hyde(Instrumental) by Five Finger Death Punch (May 22, 2017 - present)
- In GWA
- Jekyll and Hyde by Five Finger Death Punch (April 23, 2017 - April 30, 2017)
- Not Gonna Die by Skillet (May 2, 2017 - August 20, 2017)
- MIA by Avenged Sevenfold (September 24, 2017 - present)
- In ICW
- MIA by Avenged Sevenfold (August 31, 2017 - September 30, 2017)
- In GWP
- The Book of Heavy Metal by Dream Evil (October 3, 2017 - November 28, 2017)
- In XHF/AXW
- The Book of Heavy Metal by Dream Evil (October 22, 2017 - present)
- Kashmir by Led Zepplin (October 22, 2017 - present)
- In BDW & EFF
Championships and accomplishments
- In BDW/EFF
- BDW/EFF Intercontinental Champion (1 time)
- 2017 #1 Overall Draft Pick
- In JCPW
- JCPW Tag Team Champion (1 time, with Thayne Bell)
- In KOW
- KOW World Champion (1 time)
- In WNE
- WNE World Champion (1 time)
- WNE Intercontinental Champion (2 time)
- WNE Undisputed Champion (1 time)
- In GWA
- Season 26 Rookie of the Year
- GWA International Champion (2 times)
- Match of the Year (1 time, Season 26)
- Surprise of the Year (1 time, Season 26)
- 31x GWA Match of the Night winner
- GWA World Champion (1 time)
- On XHF Network
- FWA Fire and Ice Tag Team Champions (1 time, with Steven Dackle)
- 2017 XHF Tag Team of the Year (with Steven Dackle)
- RWA Gorilla Tag Team Champions (1 time, with Steven Dackle)