Aleister Black had a tremendous run in NXT where he competed in several high-profile matches and even won the NXT Championship. Unfortunately, his main roster run in comparison left a lot to be desired.
Aleister Black had been absent from WWE television for quite a few months as creative had no plans for him. That changed when Black finally debuted a new character and made his return on Friday Night Smackdown last month where he attacked Big E. It was all for nothing in the end as he was let go by WWE yesterday. Aleister’s release came as a huge shock to many fans as they were finally looking forward to seeing Black back in action.
While speaking on his wife Thea Trinidad’s Twitch stream, Aleister Black talked about his last run in the company. Aleister Black detailed his struggles to appear on WWE television as he added that his last couple of years in the company were a slow death and explained how all of his pitches were rejected.
“It’s bittersweet. Cause I owe everything to WWE. Not to diminish my prior work, but obviously, my prior work had gotten me to the dance. And, you know, I think the last two years were a slow death for me. I think that it was very hard to get the creative approved despite numerous conversations that I’ve had with Vince, and everybody trying really hard. It did numbers on my self-esteem too. Because at one point you’re like ‘the ratings are good, the numbers are good, the merch is good, why are we not, you know?’ It’s like one of those things where they, like, the word intrigue was always there. ‘Oh, we find you very intriguing.’ I’m like ‘okay good. Let’s present something there, let’s doing something.’
“I have thrown so many things at the wall, cause I keep creating. I keep creating characters and gimmicks and storylines over and over and over and over and over, you you know? And it’s, I think my character like the first conversation I ever had. The funniest thing is I remember all these things. I said to Hunter, I said ‘look, I just want to be all the metal bands that kids use to rebel against the system, against their parents.’ As cliched as that sounds, it’s relatable, right? Because everybody, especially nowadays, especially when you’re young, it’s so difficult to be understood by a different generation. I wanted people to have the consensus of understanding that my character was a cool dude, a mysterious guy, and at the same time having a hard-hitting style. But also having a sense of being relatable to the point of, you know, I understand what this character is going through.”
WWE also apparently told writers to stop pitching ideas for Aleister Black but a proper reason for this decision was not given. Now that Black is done with WWE, we will have to wait and see what is next in store for Aleister Black.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.