AEW star Malakai Black has revealed that he helped Shawn Michaels ahead of his brief return to the ring in 2018 at WWE Crown Jewel.
From the moment that he lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010 in a “Steak vs Career” match, Shawn Michaels was adamant that he would honour the stipulation. Despite the word “retirement” meaning many different things in the world of pro wrestling, Michaels stayed true to his word and remained out of the ring. That is until Crown Jewel 2018.
The wheels were set into motion when The Undertaker and Kane attacked HBK and Triple H at WWE Super-Showdown in Australia after Triple H defeated the Deadman. The pair then challenged the Brothers of Destruction to a match at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
The match that followed was one that will never trouble the ‘best of’ lists for any of the men involved. With Michaels himself exclusively telling Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, that he saw the match as a
“high school reunion.”
Speaking on Twitch, recent AEW signee Malakai Black has revealed that while he was with WWE he helped Michaels put the match together. Black said that seeing his ideas used by the WWE legends made him feel on a par with them.
“Sitting down and helping Shawn Michaels put together parts of his match in Saudi Arabia and watching it on TV and they are using parts of things that I opted to do. Those are things where you feel like you’re on par with them,”
Malakai Black, known as Aleister Black in WWE, recently debuted on AEW Dynamite attacking Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes. Black was released by WWE in early June, but it has since come to light that WWE attempted to re-sign the former NXT Champion.
However, despite the interest from his former employer, Black elected to sign with Tony Khan and AEW.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.