“I Never Really Understood What It Was” – Booker T Says He Was Never Excited About the Gimmick of Former NXT Champion

Published 07/15/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


The wrestling world was set ablaze by the sudden debut of Tommy End, formerly known as Aleister Black. He debuted in AEW with a new gimmick and renamed himself, Malakai Black. With so many wrestling gurus giving their opinion on it, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T did the same.

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During a recent episode of the “Hall of Fame” podcast, King Booker chimed in on Black and his time in WWE. He said,

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“For me, I never looked at Malakai, excuse me, Aleister in WWE. I never really looked at him as — just like to say maybe a regular human being. It seemed like he was like this Tong Po like fighter and that’s the only thing that he did was fight. I never got to see any character outside of Aleister Black others other than the black mask.

It’s the only thing that people talked about with Aleister Black. And the way he entered, you know, from the coffin-like deal and then walk to the ring. But everything was dark with Aleister Black. So I never really understood what it was.”

Booker T feels like Black needs to portray a more humane character as opposed to something mythological.

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Is Booker T right about Malakai Black?

The fans feel that it’s not Black’s fault for not being able to connect with the audience. WWE’s habit of misusing its talent is nothing new and Tommy End was just another statistic about the same. WWE might have not realized his potential or just couldn’t use him in a better-suited way. There is no doubt in our minds that Black gave his all and then some for the fans.

He went above and beyond trying to put his gimmick over with the fans. To his credit, he succeeded as well. This is why the fans were devastated when WWE released him from the company.

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Now with a new challenge ahead of him as Malakai Black, the fans expect bigger and better things for and from him. Some fans might agree with Booker’s words and some might not. But one thing is certain, Black has much more to give and won’t be stopped so easily.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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