Professional wrestling career
In May 2015 it was reported that Selmani had signed a contract with WWE and would begin training to become a professional wrestler at the WWE Performance Center. He made his in-ring debut at a WWE NXT house show in Venice, Florida on 30 January 2016, losing to Josh Woods. Selmani then formed a tag team with Sunny Dhinsa, with the duo dubbing themselves The Authors of Pain. The duo made their televised NXT debuts on 8 June, following the NXT Tag Team Championship match at NXT TakeOver: The End, attacking former champions American Alpha before being joined on stage by manager Paul Ellering.