The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast recently interviewed NXT Champion Aleister Black. Here are the highlights.
On his transition to WWE:
“I was in a good spot (in Europe). I also know that WWE knew that. We had to talk for a bit, but it was all positive and all good. There was a lot of respect for my prior career. My market was never really the United States. My market was Japan and Europe and I was very happy with my market being Japan and Europe. What I did in America, I’m very proud of, but it wasn’t my defining fight. The United States was not the hill that I was dying on. I was more than content with what I was doing and where I was going, offers that I had, where my career was heading to. This came, and it was almost like a curveball.”
On his belief that his size would hold him back:
“Never in a million years would I think that WWE was like, ‘You know what, he would actually suit us.’ Had I thought about the idea prior to coming to WWE? Yeah, I had. But I was always like, ‘WWE wouldn’t want to have me. Because that was always my mindset. I was going to focus on what was attainable, because for me, going to WWE was never attainable.”