Speaking in a new interview, Malakai Black had some strong words regarding the booking of WWE’s main roster.
Black who appeared in WWE from early 2017 to June 2021 as Aleister Black, said that he was “sick” of the booking on the main WWE roster, adding that he did “nothing of importance” while he was there.
The demonic Dutchman debuted in NXT in January 2017 before later winning the NXT Championship. Black made his main roster debut in February 2019, but failed to recapture the momentum he enjoyed on the black and gold brand.
Speaking to Metal Injection, Black says he immediately set his sights on AEW after being released by WWE, before taking aim at how the main roster is booked.
“That [joining AEW] was the immediate thought process… I was sick of it, even before everything went down. I loved my time in NXT, but I felt I did nothing of importance on the main roster. It was too much bipolar 50-50 booking, they would push me and pull me off TV.”
Black continued, going on to call out the lack of consistency in the way the shows are put together.
“Honestly, that’s [50-50 booking] the entire product right now,” Black opined. “There’s nothing really consistent. Everything changes week to week, or is done to the point of beating it to death.”
Black then recalled how his wife reacted to the news of his release, and by contrast how he “laughed” upon hearing the news. Black’s wife Zelina Vega has since returned to WWE and currently appears on the SmackDown brand.
“It’s funny, but as soon as I got released, my wife started crying,” Black recalled. “And I actually started laughing because they built me up for 5-6 weeks, they made me come back [to SmackDown], and now they’re pulling me off TV again? I just couldn’t take the whole situation seriously anymore.
“I realized that this was not worth it anymore. I felt huge relief and just started laughing, and I immediately knew that was the feeling of freedom, and not having to deal with it anymore.”
After leaving WWE on June 2nd Malakai Black arrived in AEW on July 7th at Road Rager. Black attacked Arn Anderson before promptly laying out Cody Rhodes. The pair then clashed once more the following week having to be separated by referees.
Interestingly, Black has since revealed that he originally wanted to debut in WWE using his current ‘Malakai Black’ persona.