Thomas La Ruffa
BornMay 4, 1984
FromNice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameSylvester Lefort
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)

Thomas La Ruffa (born May 4, 1984) is a French professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he is working in their developmental territory NXT Wrestling as Sylvester Lefort.

Professional wrestling career

Early Career

La Ruffa was trained by Lance Storm at the Storm Wrestling Academy and finished training in 2006.


NXT (2012-present)

In November 2011, La Ruffa wrestled a single appearance on SmackDown as a local wrestler who along with two others wrestlers Andy Baker and Zak Zodiac and lost a handicap match against Big Show. In August 2012, WWE signed La Ruffa to a developmental contract. In WWE's developmental territory NXT Wrestling, La Ruffa took up the ring name Sylvester Lefort, and his NXT television debut took place on the May 29, 2013 episode of NXT, where he (as a rich Frenchman) managed the tag team of Garrett Dylan and Scott Dawson (two Southerners) in a win over Travis Tyler and Baron Corbin. After Dylan and Dawson lost a number one contender match for the NXT Tag Team Championship to Corey Graves and Kassius Ohno on the June 26 episode of NXT, Dylan was released from WWE in August 2013, but Lefort continued to manage Dawson. He also began managing Alexander Rusev. He made his NXT in-ring debut teaming with Rusev in a win over Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. After the match, Rusev turned on Lefort and sided with the debuting Lana. Lefort went on to lose to Rusev in a singles match. With Dawson injured, Lefort began to wrestle in singles competition, losing to Mason Ryan in early 2014.

On the May 8 NXT, Lefort formed a new tag team with Marcus Louis as "The Legionnaires", and began a feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. Lefort faced Amore in a Hair vs Hair match at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way and was defeated, but did not adhere to the stipulation post-match and instead ran away, leaving his partner Marcus Louis to be shaved bald instead. The following weeks Lefort tried to get revenge on Enzo and Colin Cassady. On the October 16 edition of NXT, Louis finally snapped and turned on Lefort attacking him during a tag match. Soon after this appearance, however, it was believed he suffered a torn ACL which required surgery.

On June 24, 2015, after an 8 month hiatus from NXT programming, Lefort returned to team with Jason Jordan in a losing effort to Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. In November 2015, Lefort, at NXT house shows, started to escort Billie Kay to the ring.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

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