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WWE News: Aleister Black reveals why he once thought WWE wasn't an option

Riju Dasgupta
2.05K   //    05 May 2018, 10:56 IST

Can you believe that Black almost never came to WWE?
Can you believe that Black almost never came to WWE?

What's the story?

NXT Champion Aleister Black is seen not only as one of NXT's top superstars, but a potential breakout star on the main roster as well. An established performer in the European independent scene, he almost didn't come to WWE because of his size.

As he revealed to Sam Roberts, Black believed that WWE would not have him because of his lack of size, despite the fact that he had the look. We thank Fightful for the transcript.

In case you didn't know...

WWE has always traditionally been known as the land of the giants. Vince McMahon has, in the past, been known to favour the muscle men as the face of his company, over smaller, more adept workers.

There has been a big change in recent times, with the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles getting over with the WWE Universe. However, the myth out there is that WWE is still the land of the giants!

The heart of the matter

Black believed that his size would be a huge detriment with regard to securing a place in WWE:

Never in a million years would I think that WWE was like, 'You know what, he would actually suit us.' Had I thought about the idea prior to coming to WWE? Yeah, I had. But I was always like, 'WWE wouldn't want to have me. Because that was always my mindset. I was going to focus on what was attainable, because for me, going to WWE was never attainable.

Thankfully, there's a place for Aleister Black in the new landscape of WWE. Black also said during the interview that he's ready for the main roster.

What's next?

Black has a target on his back now that he holds the gold. We wonder who'll step up to challenge him next? Could he become a part of the Ciampa-Gargano feud?

Author's take

It's a different WWE ever since Daniel Bryan got over. Be it Styles or Bryan, neither would have fit into the scheme of things in the past.


Black has a great gimmick and is fantastic in the ring, and in my opinion, is destined for greatness.

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Riju Dasgupta
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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