Ex-WWE Wrestler Debuts On AEW Dark, Wins First Match

"I've arrived", declared this former NXT wrestler after their AEW debut.

Parker Boudreaux AEW Dark

Parker Boudreaux debuted for AEW on last night's Dark show, defeating Serpentico after being unveiled as the latest member of the new Trustbusters stable.

Headed by former WWE wrestler Ari Daivari and completed by ex-ROH talent Slim J, The Trustbusters were all over the show, with Boudreaux's squash of Serpentico kickstarting their final act. A short, straightforward bout saw Parker flatten his opponent with minimal effort, putting him down with a back suplex flipped into a modified Uranage, after which Tony Schiavone interviewed the new trio.

Daivari did the bulk of the talking, cueing Boudreaux up to declare "I've arrived."


The Trustbuster's act owes much to Entourage, the old HBO show, with Davairi acknowledging that his new, shortened ring name references the series' Ari Gold. Additionally, their walkout music is eerily similar to Entourage's Jane's Addiction-penned theme.

Boudreaux was signed to WWE from February 2021 until April 2022, when he was released as part of a round of "budget cuts". The 24-year-old had worked alongside Joe Gacy as Harland on NXT television. Now, he has a second chance in wrestling, having once been cursed with a direct Brock Lesnar comparison by Paul Heyman.


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