Aleister Black was released from the WWE in the first week of June, 2021
The decision by the WWE came as a surprise because it looked like the promotion had big things lined up for him.
He had disappeared from the WWE during late 2020 and had appeared only 6 months later in a vignette promoting his new look (April 2021). He made his in-ring return on the 21st of May, only to be released a couple of weeks later.
Last week, Black made a surprise debut on AEW Dynamite, unveiling a new evil look – Malakai Black. He attacked Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes, even as the crowd cheered for the debutant.
In a recent Twitch stream on his wife Zelina Vega’s Twitch channel, Black explained that he had originally wanted to be an out-and-out heel, before going on to reveal that WWE COO Triple H wanted him to be a face.
He was quoted as saying:
“It’s funny. The reason I did this is because this is actually how I wanted the WWE version to be,. When I started, I wanted to come in as a heel and Hunter [Triple H] wanted me face. If anyone has ever seen any work of me on the independents, you would know that the gimmick I was portraying in the WWE was an amplified version of what I did on the indies. That’s why they wanted me. But I wanted to be a heel because I was coming off a heel run on the independents. But then Hunter had this idea of making me face, a stoic face character.” [Wrestling Inc]
Aleister Black reveals the difficulties he had in ‘not playing a heel’
Black didn’t stop there. He then revealed the difficulties he faced in playing a heel having remorse. The AEW star divulged that he had trouble finding the ‘middle ground’.
“So, I had to switch the character from being this obnoxious, sadistic, possessed by a demon guy, to the same possessed by a demon/devil guy, but then having remorse, and I have to find the middle ground with that. And I had to find the middle ground in that and how would someone who is [like] that [could] find remorse and show remorse by being stoic and having a problem expressing his emotions.” [Wrestling Inc]
Black, however, would be a chuffed man as he found a shelter in a promotion that has been making its way to the top.
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