Sunny Dhinsa (May 20, 1993) is a Canadian professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he competes on the Raw brand under the ring name Akam and is a former NXT Tag Team Champion along with Rezar as The Authors of Pain.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Dhinsa made his NXT debut in 2015 on the April 4th edition of the show, where he joined a battle royal to determine the NXT Title.
The Authors of Pain (2016-present)
The following year in 2016, Dhinsa joined forces with Gzim Selmani to form the tag team known as The Authors of Pain, with Dhinsa as Author of Pain #2, and Selmani as Author of Pain #1. The team won their debut match on May 16, defeating Cezar Bononi & Chris Atkins. Their first title match was on May 21, challenging American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) for the NXT Tag Team Championship. Despite losing to American Alpha, the Authors of Pain faced the champions in a title rematch on May 26, but were again defeated. On October 28, The Authors of Pain joined the second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament, where they eliminated No Way Jose & Rich Swann in the quarter finals of the tournament. On October 30, The Authors of Pain eliminated team #DIY during the semi finals. On November 19 at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, The Authors of Pain eliminated team TM-61 to win the tournament final and become the 2016 winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. From November 30th through the month of December 2016, The Authors of Pain remained on a winning streak, defeating teams including Anthony Bowens & Jonathan Ortagun, Heavy Machinery, and Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford.
During the course of 2017, The Authors of Pain pursued the NXT Tag Team titles held by #DIY. They lost their first title match challenge during the January 12th edition of NXT. Two days later on January 14, they met in a title rematch resulting in a second loss to the defending champions. At NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, The Authors of Pain defeated DIY, win the NXT Tag Team titles for the first time. They retained the titles for most of the first half of 2017 before losing the titles at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, to SAnitY team members Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young. 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.
Akam & Rezar 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.
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.
- Finishing and signature moves
- Torture Rack Powerbomb
Championships and accomplishments
- WWE NXT