AEW star Malakai Black has revealed that a key part of his iconic WWE entrance was originally meant for The Undertaker.
On NXT and WWE programming, Black would seemingly rise from smoke during his entrance. The former NXT Champion has revealed that this gimmick was originally meant for The Deadman.
Speaking on Talk is Jericho, Black revealed that Undertaker was too heavy to make it work, so he was offered the “lift” machine for his own ring-walk.
Recalling his entrance, Black said:
“So I got a text from Hunter one morning, and he says ‘What do you think of this?’ and he shows me this big lift that goes up. I’m like ‘So I lay on it and it goes up?’ and he said ‘Yeah, it was gonna be for ‘Taker but ‘Taker was too heavy for it, what do you think of it?’ I was like ‘I’ll take it.’ (Laughs) I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. It was just meant for me to basically rise up out of the mist, that’s why the whole thing was black. In certain shots, you couldn’t really see that the board was elevating me.”
“It was more of a visual trick, I was materialising through the smoke. I thought it was different man, I thought it was cool, and I thought it added such a cool layer to the entrance. I thought it added a cool layer to the Aleister Black character and entrances in general, I like to think if you go back in the modern era – perhaps not the past era – but in the modern era I think my entrance is definitely unique.”
Black debuted a new entrance before his AEW in ring debut at last week’s Homecoming show. After Black defeated Cody Rhodes in a matter of minutes, Rhodes teased his retirement from the ring.
Also in the interview, Black revealed that he wanted out of WWE months before he was ultimately released by the company.
Quote via Inside The Ropes.