Malakai Black appears to be enjoying the resources at his disposal behind the scenes at All Elite Wrestling.
In a recent interview with The Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Black name-dropped the likes of Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Billy Gunn, Jerry Lynn and Dean Malenko as available knowledge banks for AEW talent.
However, Black went on to reveal that one man whose advice he specifically sought out was none other than Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts:
Right now one of the things I’ve been doing is I’ve been talking to Jake, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, about like his promo work and stuff. I just want to get inside his head. I want him to talk, right? Twenty one years in or not, that’s Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. You’d have to be an idiot not to talk to him about that stuff. That’s what it’s all about. And I think that a lot of the old-timers, they have so much valuable information. They have such a great perspective on wrestling, and they have so many things to tell you.
Black went on to note that he is very happy to continue absorbing knowledge from those around him and developing his act:
Again, I feel very fortunate to have landed in another company where people like that are around to help me. Because I am never above help, I am never above asking, I am never above getting feedback. I love getting feedback, because it’s the one thing that’s always made me better. Not once have I gotten feedback and went ‘well that was pointless.’ Not once. And even if that comes across, you can go ‘okay, I can generally say that doesn’t help me. But now I know.’ There’s something to learn in every angle you twisted. It’s just about learning to see that knowledge, learning how to see that improvement, learning how to take that feedback, and even if that feedback isn’t something you expect, but then what can you take away from it? There’s always something for it.
Black is currently feuding with another one of All Elite’s more eloquent performers in Cody Rhodes, with the pair set to face-off at AEW Dynamite: Homecoming on August 4th.