On a recent episode of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia, Black talked about the differences between his current character and his previous persona as Tommy End. He considers Aleister Black an evolution of Tommy End.
“There is a considerable amount of content to what made Tommy End, Tommy End and what makes Aleister Black, Aleister Black. There is a lot of similarities. Sometimes it feels like Tommy End shed his skin and became Aleister Black. I truly feel like in WWE Tommy End could become Aleister Black. I needed that transition.”
Black could never play a normal babyface, as it was just not him. When he learned how to combine good and bad into one character, he became successful in the business.
“When I started out in wrestling, you have to start somewhere and you either start being the good guy or the bad guy. There are several cliches that follow that. It’s like; you come out to the people and you wave your hands and you make a strong fist and say something like, ‘Let’s get this guy!’ You are automatically seen as the good guy because that is the energy that you resonate with the audience.
On the flip side, as you come out and you look a certain way and see your appearance and people automatically assume you are the bad guy. We can all do that to an extent, but I think in seven years I didn’t resonate with the crowd, it didn’t click and I kept thinking, yeah, because it’s not authentic, it’s not who you are. You are not the yay or the boo guy. That is not who you are; you come from a different background.
You come from this tiny speck called Amsterdam where there isn’t a lot of wrestling at all and I was a big fan of hardcore music coming up, and the hardcore scene like rock metal, especially the hardcore scene is very much positive and is very much like, okay, just because we don’t look like you doesn’t mean we can’t be successful. It’s what resonated with me because I never felt like them.
“I never felt like the nine to five mentality is for me. I never felt like some of those roles are just not what make me, me. Like, the idea that I had to spend the rest of my life behind a desk and not be able to express myself the way I wanted to express myself. To me, that is torture.
I mean if people out there that do love that then more love to them, but it just wasn’t for me. So, at the hardcore scene you can express yourself and you can be you and there is a message, and it’s positivity and it’s one for all, all for one.”
He was also asked how he came up with the name. He revealed that Triple H and he came up with his character together.
“It was a corroboration between myself and Triple H. We started shooting names back and forth,” he said. “He saw what I was trying to do so he started to shoot me names and I said, like, or I don’t hate that but can we put it this way and we ended up coming up with Aleister Black and he said that was it.”
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.