Aleister Black is a favorite to win the 2020 Money In The Bank ladder match. His Black Mass kick might be incredibly powerful, but everyone is afraid of something. During a recent Q&A with his wife Zelina Vega, Black revealed his biggest fears.
The former WWE NXT Champion spoke about fears that a lot of people share. He doesn’t like spiders or heights. The Money In The Bank ladder match will be a great opportunity to work on his fear of heights.
Aleister Black also revealed a very personal story which is the reason why he suffers from claustrophobia. When he was a child two bullies trapped him in a tube for awhile. He hasn’t been able to shake that fear to this day, but he’s working on it.
“Spiders, but I don’t kill them. I don’t feel that me being afraid of something is a reason to kill them, so I put them outside or somewhere else.”
“I have claustrophobia, severely because I have panic attacks and anxiety. I’m not too keen on heights — god I’m gonna sound like a wuss with this. I’m like — the thing is I confront myself with a lot for my fears. I’ll put myself in situations like purposefully like so I can endure it. That’s what I did with spiders now I can pick them up and take them out of the house nowadays. When I was a kid I was terrified of them with good reasons because I had some weird experiences with spiders as a kid.”
“As for claustrophobia, I have childhood trauma for being trapped in something for an extended period of time. When I think about it, it makes me [he shivered] — I was at this big jungle gym with my mom and there were these big tubes where I was climbing into and you climb up and they were very narrow. There was a kid behind me and there was a kid in front of me and they picked on me so they wouldn’t let me out.”
“So, I couldn’t go this way or that way. My mom for like 20 minutes was like, ‘where is he?’ Then my mom saw it and these kids quickly ran off I don’t remember what happened after that. I just couldn’t do a small space anymore.”
Aleister Black has to deal with a confined space during his WWE entrance as he is lifted up to a standing position. That device was actually created for The Undertaker as he previously revealed. Hopefully, the open top of Black’s lift provides enough room that his claustrophobia doesn’t get the best of him.
This is also a very interesting story because it goes to show that everyone deals with bullies. Those guys would probably rethink picking on Aleister Black now.
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