Justin Gabriel

South African professional wrestler

Phillip Paul Lloyd (born March 3, 1981) is a South African professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he wrestled under the ring name Justin Gabriel. He is currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Global Force Wrestling (GFW) under the ring name PJ Black.

PJ Black
PJ Black in February 2019
Birth namePhillip Paul Lloyd[1]
Born (1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 43)
Cape Town, South Africa
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)The Bunny[2]
Justin Angel
Justin Gabriel
Paul Lloyd
Paul Pidoras
Paul Lloyd Jr.
PJ Black
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Billed weight213 lb (97 kg)[3]
Billed fromCape Town, South Africa[3]
Trained byPaul Lloyd
Alex Shane
Mark Sloan

Lloyd was the first South African wrestler to compete in the WWE. While performing in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), he was a one-time FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion and a one-time FCW Florida Tag Team Champion with Kris Logan. He is a former member of The Nexus and The Corre. His finishing move is the 450° splash.

Gabriel had his last televised WWE match on the January 14, 2015 episode of Main Event in a loss to Rusev.[4] On January 24, 2015, it was reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Gabriel had quit WWE,[5] which was a day before the 2015 Royal Rumble which he was scheduled to appear in before he was replaced in the match. The next day, WWE confirmed his release.[6]

On May 6, 2015, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced that they had added PJ Black to their roster.[7]

On August 12, Black was a part of an angle, where GFW invaded Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He would go on to defeat Lashley, Chris Mordetzky, Eric Young and Robbie E in a King of the Mountain match and win the vacant TNA King of the Mountain Championship.[8] On August 19, Black faced off against EC3 for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[9]


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  2. "WWE News: Justin Gabriel Reveals That He Was Adam Rose's Bunny, Says The Adam Rose Gimmick Was Originally Earmarked For Him". Archived from the original on 2018-09-25. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Justin Gabriel Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  4. "Main Event: New Day falls on Rose, Kidd, & Cesaro". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved February 3, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  5. "WWE undercard wrestler quits promotion". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  6. "Justin Gabriel released". WWE. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  7. "Video: Global Force Wrestling roster reveal press conference (May 2015)". Global Force Wrestling. Archived from the original on September 1, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  8. "Imapct Results: #TNAvsGFW, New King of the Mountain Champion and more! - Page 8". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  9. "McMahon's TNA Impact Report 8/19: ECIII vs. P.J. Black for the TNA Hvt. Title, Gail Kim steel cage match, Drew Galloway, Open Mic Challenge, more; Overall Reax". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 20, 2015.

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