Fabian Aichner (July 21, 1990) is an Italian professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs in their developmental territory NXT using his real name. He previously performed on the independent circuit throughout Europe under the ring name Adrian Severe.
Professional wrestling career
Independent circuit (2011–2017)
Fabian made his professional wrestling debut on December 12, 2011 for New European Championship Wrestling (NEW). In 2012, Fabian competed in the finals of the NEW World Heavyweight Championship tournament but ultimately did not win the tournament nor the championship. In 2013, Fabian once again reached in the finals of a NEW tournament, this time competing in the Deadline tournament but he once again would not win the tournament; the same would happen in the Deadline tournament in 2014. After his return to the independent circuit following the Crusierweight Classic, Fabian would win the NEW World Tag Team Title Tournament with Mexx.
In 2014, Fabian defeated Chaos in the finals in the King Of The North Tournament. At the end of this year Cagematch ranked him No. for the Euro-Match des Jahres Cagematch Year End Awards.
Cruiserweight Classic (2016)
In June 2016, WWE announced Fabian Aichner as one of the 32 participants in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Fabian was selected to represent Italy during the tournament. In the first round of the tournament, Aichner was eliminated by Jack Gallagher.
On June 5, 2017, it was announced that Aichner had signed a contract with WWE. On June 22, Aichner made his return at a NXT live event in a losing effort against Adrian Jaoude. It was later revealed that Aichner had gained almost 30lbs of muscle since his appearance in the Cruiserweight Classic. He made his television debut on the September 27 episode of NXT, losing to Kassius Ohno. Aichner had his first televised victory on the November 1 episode of NXT, defeating Johnny Gargano. During the inaugural USA Network broadcast of the December 13th edition of NXT, Aichner challenged for the NXT Championship held by Andrade Almas but was unsuccessful in winning the title.
- Finishing moves
- Death Valley Driver
- Frog splash
- Signature moves
- The Next Level
- Entrance themes
- "Crimps" by Strangeletter (WWE)
- "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" by Shinedown (Independent circuit)
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Of Wrestling
- cOw Interstate Championship (1 time)
- Dansk Pro Wrestling
- King Of The North Tournament (2014)
- New European Championship Wrestling
- NEW Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- NEW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- NEW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mexx
- NEW World Tag Team Championship Tournament (2012) – with Mexx
- Power Of Wrestling
- POW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with James Mason