Following his AEW debut, Black revealed his original concept for his character in WWE NXT, before Triple H suggested a different idea.
Black has already asserted himself as one of the most ruthless competitors on the AEW roster. The former NXT Champion has revealed that he wanted to join the Gold Brand as a heel in 2017.
Speaking on Twitch, Black explained his idea to portray an amplified version of his indie character. Noting that Triple H wanted him to wrestle as a stoic face, Black said:
“It’s funny. The reason I did this is because this is actually how I wanted the WWE version to be. When I started, I wanted to come in as a heel and (Triple H) wanted me face. If anyone has ever seen any work of me on the independents, you would know that the gimmick I was portraying in the WWE was an amplified version of what I did on the indies. That’s why they wanted me. But I wanted to be a heel because I was coming off a heel run on the independents. But then Hunter had this idea of making me face, a stoic face character.
“I had to switch the character from being this obnoxious, sadistic, possessed by a demon guy, to the same possessed by a demon/devil guy, but then having remorse, and I have to find the middle ground with that. And I had to find the middle ground in that and how would someone who is (like) that (could) find remorse and show remorse by being stoic and having a problem expressing his emotions.”
At AEW Road Rager, Black attacked Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes. On Wednesday’s Fyter Fest night one show, Black and Rhodes brawled before they were separated by AEW officials.
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