AJ Francis is remixing another holiday favorite and sharing his story with the world.
Once a member of Hit Row, AJ Francis was released by WWE in November 2021. In subsequent months, he has been releasing vignettes on social media sharing more of his true character with the world, and putting the wrestling world on notice.
In the latest vignette, which he calls BlackListed, AJ Francis shares a story of when he was a young 12-year-old child and he and his father were stopped by the police in a McDonald's parking lot. Then, AJ shares more of the man he is today and why he believes he is a pillar of his community.
At 12 years old, I learned the term mistaken identity when me and my dad had guns pressed to our heads by cops in the McDonald’s parking lot. See, I was one false move from being a 12-year-old turned hashtag like Tamir Rice. The only difference is in ’02; there wasn’t no hashtags. So I guess I would have been closer to Emmett Till. Racism ain’t getting worse, it’s just getting filmed. Not to mention all these keyboard Ken’s and Karen’s, who replaced the anonymity of a white hood with a computer screen. See, mistaken identity almost cost me my life before.So let me tell you who I really am.
I’m a pillar in my community. I feed homeless children. I go to schools and counsel young student-athletes. I pay more bills than I care to admit. I wear my city on my chest each and every time I step in the ring. But because I’m not a caricature, they lie on my character. See, if I died today, I know some internet losers and some culture vulture, corn balls would be happy, but my entire city would grieve. That’s the legacy you leave.
So I made a list [The Blacklist] and I checked it twice. It’s an unfinished list of some of the best performers in and around this industry that never seem to get the treatment they deserve for one reason or another. See, I’m a leader in my community, aren’t you?
Now go ahead and say the name that make the shorties go crazy. The most shady, Fran¢y baby.
He’s making a list.
He’s checking it twice.
He don’t give a damn if you’re naughty or nice.
Fran¢y baby. coming to town.
One person who believed that AJ Francis could be a top star is former WWE Champion, Mick Foley. Mick Foley recently shared his thoughts on AJ Francis in an interview conducted with Wrestling Inc. Read more here.
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