The biggest news story of the day has been the release of several WWE superstars, including Aleister Black. This came as a shock to many in the wrestling world, including Black himself.
Im gathering my thoughts as this was a complete left field for me as obviously we just started the dark father character but this was it, thank you so much WWE universe for allowing me to create and give you small bits of myself.
— Tommy End (@WWEAleister) June 2, 2021
He spoke about this, along with several other topics on his wife, Zelina Vega’s Twitch channel; below are some highlights:
On being released:
“I’m not sad. I’m not depressed,” Black said. “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.”
On his most recent gimmick:
“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.”
[h/t to Bleacher Report for the transcription]