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Gzim Selmani (June 16, 1994) is a Dutch-Albanian professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Rezar.

Mixed Martial Arts career

Selmani competed in mixed martials arts for Bellator and Bamma UK. He also competed in kickboxing where he became a Heavyweight Champion.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE

NXT (2016-2018)

Gzim Selmani made his NXT debut on January 30 in a match won by Josh Woods. His second match occurred during the February 12 edition of NXT where he wrestled his first tag match with Sunny Dhinsa, against The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley & Zack Ryder).

The Authors of Pain (2016-present)

Selmani and Dhinsa debuted their first team name as The Authors Of Pain with Selmani as Author of Pain #1 and Dhinsa as Author of Pain #2. They later assumed new singles names, with Selmani as Rezar and Dhinsa as Akam. On October 28, The Authors Of Pain joined the 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament, where they eliminated No Way Jose & Rich Swann in the quarter finals. On October 30, The Authors of Pain eliminated #DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) in the semi finals. On November 19 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, The Authors of Pain defeated TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne) in the finals, to win the Tag Team Classic.

On January 28, 2017 at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio The Authors Of Pain defeated team #DIY to win the NXT Tag Team Championship for the first time. They later lost the tag titles to SAnitY members Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. They won their title rematch on October 4 however, because SAnitY had been disqualified, the titles did not change hands. On the following night on NXT Live, team SAnitY retained their tag titles against The Authors of Pain.

The Authors Of Pain returned in 2018 on January 4, winning a #1 Contendership match for the NXT Tag Team titles after defeating The Street Profits. They went on through January, wrestling against teams including SAnitY and Heavy Machinery. On January 27 at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia, The Authors of Pain challenged The Undisputed ERA (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) for the NXT Tag Team Championship but did not succeed in winning the titles. On February 2, The Authors Of Pain entered the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, advancing in the first round after eliminating TM-61 (Nick Miller & Shane Thorne). On February 17, The Authors of Pain met The Undisputed ERA once more in a title match for the NXT Tag Team Championship, but were once more defeated. On March 7, The Authors Of Pain returned for the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, eliminating The Street Profits. Later they competed in the tournament final, competing against Pete Dunne & Roderick Strong, but both teams were disqualified. On April 7 at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, a tournament final rematch was held in the form of a triple threat match involving The Undisputed ERA. Neither The Authors Of Pain or Dunne & Strong succeeded in winning the match. They wrestled their final NXT match on April 19, defeating TM-61.

Raw (2018-present)

On the April 9 edition of RAW, The Authors of Pain, along with Ellering, made their main roster debut as heels, defeating Heath Slater & Rhyno. Following the match, Akam & Rezar told Ellering to back off, signaling that he was no longer going to manage the group.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Nicknames
    • "The Albanian Psycho"
  • Entrance themes

Championships and accomplishments

See also

External links

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