Aleister Black Says Bruce Prichard Protected Him, Doesn't Want Fans Blaming Creative

Less than two weeks after making his return to live television, Aleister Black was released by WWE.

Vignettes for Black began airing in April and he returned on the May 21 episode of WWE SmackDown, costing Big E the Intercontinental Championship. Black was portraying his new Dark Father character, which never got off the ground due to his release.

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Black previously revealed "easter eggs" he would put into his promos and vignettes, hoping to add layers to his character.

Speaking on Twitch following his release, Black discussed when he felt like himself with promos and his thoughts on WWE creative.

"Money in the Bank with AJ, when I stepped out of the dark and into the dark, that was the first time I did what I wanted to do. It got praised. Don't get mad at our creative. They try their absolute hardest and there are good people working there. I'm very thankful for our creative and have had a good relationship with Bruce [Prichard]. He tried to protect me in a lot of situations. He wanted to get me out of the room. The consensus was 'no one moves like him or has his intensity.' My style was a hybrid of traditional wrestling and new age striking. In the last five years, I've proven to be one of the most influential strikers of this generation and I will continue to do that," he said.

Elsewhere during the stream, Black said Vince McMahon had praised his creativity. He also offered further details on his character and release. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

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