Aleister Black was among the six competitors released by WWE yesterday, and was one of the most surprising since he had only recently returned to SmackDown and was seemingly starting a programme with Big E.
Whilst speaking on Twitch, the former (and likely future) Tommy End talked a little about the direction the character was going in and the support he had received from Vince McMahon in trying to nail down who he was on the main roster.
I was excited for the Dark Father stuff. It was mostly created by myself. I wrote a lot of the content. Slowly but surely it would unfold into more understanding of what I was talking about. It wasn’t as cryptic as it was before, which was not my choice. Being on the main roster, in all my conversations with Vince, he was always positive. I had a good relationship with Vince. I always told him how I felt and he respected that about me. He praised me on my creativity and manners of respect while being honest about how they felt. You don’t need to know why things ended why they did, but Vince was always high on me. We just couldn’t nail down what Aleister was on the main roster compared to NXT. Where that problem lied, I don’t know.
Whilst he’s clearly grateful for the opportunity, his release will give new-found freedom to his future character.
Black is already prepared for this, and sees it as the shackles being taken off.
While having shackles on, all these things I created with shackles on. Now, I don’t have shackles anymore. That’s the blessing in all of this. I’m really thankful for WWE giving me the platform to really explore everything. I’ve taken great pleasure in being able to create my character, especially with the easter eggs. I never wanted to present you guys with something that didn’t have layers. A lot of my promos weren’t my writing, unfortunately.
Most importantly from all of this is the human behind the wrestler, and it seems Black is taking what has happened in his stride.
I’m not sad. I’m not depressed. I’m sure there will be dark days and bad days. It’s all up and down. I got told it was budget cuts. Whether it is or not, it doesn’t matter. I had a great time and had a phenomenal four or five years. I’m really thankful WWE has done for me. I was given a platform, even in a limited amount, I was able to give you parts of my character.”
No doubt it won’t take long for Aleister Black to find a new home in professional wrestling.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.