Tom LaRuffa

Jul 18, 2015 - by Jamie Cruickshank

Sylvester Lefort

Real name: Thomas La Ruffa
Height: 5’11
Weight: 180 lbs.
Date of birth: May 4, 1984
Hometown: Nice, France
Pro debut: November 2006
Trained by: Lance Storm, NXT
Finishing move: Superkick

Biography

– On November 19, 2006, LaRuffa wrestled his debut match, losing to T-Bone
– In his early career, LaRuffa wrestled alternately under his real name and under a mask as ‘Eagle Mask’
– On November 9, 2008, LaRuffa won the ASW Mid-Heavyweight Title
– On November 8, 2011, LaRuffa appeared as a local wrestler on Smackdown, teaming with Andy Baker & Zak Zodiac in a loss to The Big Show
– In August 2012, LaRuffa signed a WWE development deal. He reported to NXT early the next year and was given the ring name ‘Sylvester Lefort’
– On May 29, 2013, Lefort (portraying a rich Frenchman) debuted on NXT, managing the team of Garett Dylan & Scott Dawson
– Following Dylan’s release, Lefort added Alexander Rusev as a client
– On October 10, 2013, Lefort made his NXT in-ring debut, teaming with Rusev to defeat Colin Cassady & Enzo Amore, though Rusev would turn on Lefort and side with Lana after the match
– In early 2014, Lefort formed a new team alongside Marcus Louis, known as Les Legionnaires
– At NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way, Lefort lost a Hair vs Hair Match to Enzo Amore, but it was Louis who had his head shaved after Lefort ran away
– On October 16, 2014, Louis attacked Lefort, signalling the breakup of the team
– In June 2015, Lefort made a one-off return to TV as Jason Jordan’s ‘tag partner of the week’. They lost to Colin Cassady & Enzo Amore
– On February 5, 2016, Lefort left WWE
– LaRuffa (as Basile Baraka) reunited with Pierre ‘Marcus Louis’ Marceau (as Baron Dax) at the TNA Impact tapings on March 17th. The duo (now known as The Tribunal) lost to The BroMans (Robbie E & Jessie Godderz)
– Later that week, it was announced that LaRuffa had signed a TNA contract
– At Slammiversary ’16, The Tribunal defeated Mahabali Shera & Grado
– At One Night Only: September ’16, The Tribunal defeated The BroMans (Robbie E & Jessie Godderz)
– In December 2016, LaRuffa left TNA and began competing on the European indies under his real name
– On August 29, 2017, LaRuffa & Brian Anthony defeated Matt Broly & Matthew Ford to win the vacant ABC Tag Team Titles
– On March 17, 2018, LaRuffa defeated Tristan Archer to win the Ouest Catch Title
– On July 6, LaRuffa defeated Doug Williams to win the ABC Ultimate Title. Over the next week, he would defend the title twice against Ulrich
– On August 14, LaRuffa defeated Dead Mask to retain the ABC Ultimate Title. Over the next week, he would defend against Dead Mask and Miko
– On September 8, LaRuffa defeated Lucas Di Leo to retain the Ouest Catch Title
– On November 3, LaRuffa defeated William Wolf to retain the ABC Ultimate Title

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