Aleister Black is excited for the future.
After countless vignettes of begging for competition, Aleister Black is finally getting a chance to showcase himself in the ring. Black was drafted to Raw in the 2019 WWE Draft and he picked up a quick victory on Monday's episode against a local competitor.
"It’s good old fashion hard work. Nothing comes easy, especially in this business," Black told the Irish Sun when asked about his rise up the ranks. "I’ve been involved in professional wrestling since 2000 when I started training and there hasn’t been one day that I haven’t put everything into it. It’s led me to so many great things, obviously it’s leading me into one of the most important stages of my career, being on RAW, under the guidance of Paul Heyman. It’s just hard work and anything who tells you different is either not understanding the process of how it works and will never get there, or is a liar!”
Before joining the main roster in February, Black found success in NXT, including a run as NXT Champion from April to July 2018. Black was also named 2017 NXT Male Competitor of the Year. NXT is now on USA Network and the brand recently welcomed back Finn Balor, one of the most successful NXT superstars in the brand's history.
"I thought it was phenomenal. I thought it was such a cool move," Black said of Balor going back to NXT. “I think that shows how incredibly exciting the business is right now, literally anything can happen. There are so many cool surprises. I think it’s a very exciting move, I think it’s a very cool move, knowing Finn, he thrives everywhere he goes, he’s just that talented, that unique, that special. I definitely think it’s going to help NXT evolve to an even bigger platform."
Balor is set for the Oct. 23 episode of NXT.
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