All Elite Wrestling fans witnessed a shocking arrival during AEW Dynamite: Road Rager Wednesday night. After facing a power outage at the start of the show during Cody Rhodes & QT Marshall’s Strap Match, the lights at the James L. Knight Center suddenly went out when Arn Anderson attempted to cut a promo in the middle. of the episode. When the lights came back on, WWE Superstar and NXT Champion Aleister Black were in the ring. Black, who introduced his new character Malakai Black with a short film earlier today, knocked out Arn Anderson with a kick and ultimately knocked out Cody Rhodes with Fade to Black.
Black was released from WWE in early June, and while many fans believed he couldn’t appear anywhere for a while, it appears he has passed WWE’s typical 90-day “No Compete” clause. .
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AEW has already released new merchandise, confirming Black’s official name change. After his release, Black made a number of comments regarding his time in WWE, repeatedly claiming that he had no ill will towards his old company.
However, he also didn’t shy away from talking about WWE’s creative stumbles with his character, including the unexplained months-long hiatus that began in late 2020. While on Renee Paquette Oral sessions podcast last month, Black explained why so many NXT stars struggle once they get to Raw or SmackDown.
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“I think one of the main problems is that there is [are] too many cooks in the kitchen, ”Black said.“ While Hunter [Triple H] has a vision and oversees the entire vision with his team. He is always attentive and communicates very one-on-one with his talent and everyone shares his vision. Where I feel the main roster, a lot of people think they know Vince [McMahon’s] vision, they have not closely followed the people who are high. Vince sees people and is completely fascinated by them. And then when he has them, he’s like, “Okay, where do I put you?” I feel the time spent with ‘where do I put you?’ somehow loses it because it takes too long for people to be placed. Whether it’s because the turnover is too fast or people don’t have a creative vision ahead or people are relying too much on letting the master list do your creative work for you, who knows?
“I think it’s a combination of the two, I don’t believe that one part is always the complete fault for everything,” he continued. “When you come in you are a professional, you have to have a vision for yourself. You have to have a vision, you have to have ideas all the time. Even when you are not empty-handed, sometimes it doesn’t work. always translate the way you want it to be translated. Or it doesn’t go with the vision you want it to go. Because at the end of the day there is a man in charge of the vision, and if that vision doesn’t unfold as it should, it’s hard to stay afloat. “
He also listed the opponents he wants to face after leaving WWE, many of whom are on the AEW roster – “I want to get in the ring with Moose, [Sami] Callihan, [Jon] Moxley, [Kenny] Omega, Chris Daniels. There is such a wide range of talents. I think Jungle Boy is awesome. [Will] Hobbs, I think he’s great. Brian Cage, Brody King, Homicide. I would love to get in with Homicide. I think Homicide is the OG, and I love him and have a lot of respect. Eddie Kingston is another. “