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Brendan Vink
Birth nameBrendan Vink
Born (1990-02-08) 8 February 1990 (age 32)[1]
Adelaide, South Australia[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Elliot Sexton[3]
Brendan Vink
Tony Modra
Duke Hudson
Billed height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[2]
Billed weight253 lb (115 kg)[2]
Trained byDamian Slater
Hartley Jackson[2]
DebutMay 31, 2008[2]

Brendan Vink (born 8 February 1990) is an Australian professional wrestler, also known by the ring name Elliot Sexton. He is currently signed to WWE where he wrestles on the NXT 2.0 brand under the ring name Duke Hudson. He is known for his work in Melbourne City Wrestling as part of The Mighty Don't Kneel.[4]

Professional wrestling career

Early years (2008–2018)

At the age of 18, Vink debuted as early as May 31, 2008, under the ring name Elliot Sexton. Wrestling primarily in Australia, Sexton appeared in promotions including WRESTLE RAMPAGE (WR) and Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW). During his time in both promotions, Sexton became a one-time MCW Heavyweight Champion and a one-time WrestleRock Champion. During 2018, he made his international debut in matches for the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the British promotion Progress Wrestling.

WWE (2019–present)

Early appearances (2019–2020)

On February 11, 2019, it was announced that Vink had signed a contract with WWE and that he would report to the WWE Performance Center.[5] Vink debuted under his real name at an NXT house show on March 15, 2019, defeating Nick Comoroto. He went on to spend the remainder of March and the following month of April wrestling on house shows. Vink made his televised debut on the March 25, 2020 episode of NXT, teaming with Shane Thorne in a losing effort against Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.[6]

Vink made his debut for EVOLVE in 2019 as part of EVOLVE's business relationship with WWE at EVOLVE 141 where he defeated Colby Corino in his first singles match.[7] Vink would then go on a winning streak in EVOLVE, defeating the likes of A. R. Fox, Stephen Wolf, JD Drake and Leon Ruff.[8][9][10][11]

In March 2020, Vink began appearing on Raw alongside his former TMDK stablemate Shane Thorne where they faced teams such as the Street Profits and Cedric Alexander and Ricochet but were defeated.[12][13] On the April 27 episode of Raw, Thorne and Vink became MVP’s newest associates as he challenged Alexander and Ricochet to a match the next week on their behalf. On the May 4 episode of Raw, Thorne and Vink defeated Alexander and Ricochet earning their first victory.[14] However, their alliance with MVP ended after they were both traded back to NXT and Thorne and Vink would quietly disband as a team soon after.[15]

NXT Breakout Tournament (2021–present)

In July 2021, Vink, under the new ring name Duke Hudson was announced to be a part of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament. On the July 13 episode of NXT, Hudson defeated Ikemen Jiro in the first round. On the August 17 episode of NXT, Hudson was eliminated in the semi-finals by Carmelo Hayes. Hudson would then confront Kyle O'Reilly and a brawl would ensue leading to a match being made between the two on next weeks episode of NXT.[16]

On December 5, at NXT WarGames, Hudson lost to Cameron Grimes in a Hair vs. Hair match, and therefore had to shave his hair per the match's stipulation.[17]

Personal life

Vink worked as a personal trainer for Goodlife Health Clubs in Melbourne.

Championships and accomplishments

Luchas de Apuestas record

See also: Luchas de Apuestas

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Cameron Grimes (Hair) Duke Hudson (Hair) Orlando, Florida NXT WarGames (2021) December 5, 2021

References

  1. ^ @WWENXT (8 February 2022). "Happy birthday, @sixftfiiiiive!!! 🎂🥳Cc: @persiawwe 👀" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d e Brendan Vink's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
  3. ^ "Elliot Sexton". Cagematch.
  4. ^ "Melbourne City Wrestling".
  5. ^ "WWE ANNOUNCES NEW CLASS OF DEVELOPMENTAL SIGNINGS". PW Insider.
  6. ^ "WWE NXT Results for 3/25/20 Matt Riddle Victorious, New NXT Superstars Make Their Mark". Fightful.
  7. ^ "EVOLVE 141 Results (12/6): Briggs vs. Drake, WALTER vs. Thatcher, More". Fightful.
  8. ^ "EVOLVE 143 Results (1/17): Josh Briggs Takes On Anthony Greene In A No DQ Match". Fightful.
  9. ^ "EVOLVE 144 Results (1/18): Josh Briggs Defends EVOLVE Title Against Dexter Lumis". Fightful.
  10. ^ "EVOLVE 145 Stream, Results, And Discussion (2/29)". Fightful.
  11. ^ "EVOLVE 146 Results (3/1): Josh Briggs Faces AR Fox, Mansoor In Action". Fightful.
  12. ^ "WWE Raw 3/23/20 Results: Randy Orton Responds To Edge, Tag Team Action & Becky Lynch Attacks". Fightful.
  13. ^ "WWE Raw 4/20/20 Results: 3 MITB Qualifying Matches, Bobby Lashley Lifts Tires & Morgan vs. Riott". Fightful.
  14. ^ "WWE Raw 5/4/20 Results: AJ Styles Returns, A Gauntlet Match & Drew McIntyre vs. Murphy". Fightful.
  15. ^ "WWE Sends Two Superstars Back to NXT". Súper Luchas. 1 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Kyle O'Reilly looks to humble Duke Hudson in the ring". WWE. Retrieved 2021-08-29.
  17. ^ Moore, John (December 5, 2021). "NXT WarGames results: Moore's live review of two WarGames matches, Roderick Strong vs. Joe Gacy for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Von Wagner for the NXT Tag Titles, Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson in a hair vs. hair match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  18. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=159122[bare URL]
  19. ^ "MCW Heavyweight Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on 2014-07-08.
  20. ^ "Internet Wrestling Database - Brendan Vink: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Ratings".
  21. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=3098[bare URL]