WWE NXT Champion was interviewed by Iain Chambers at the Download Festival in the UK. He talked about the pressure of being the NXT Champion, if WWE was his end game and more. Here are some transcribed highlights from the interview, courtesy WrestlingInc.
Aliester Black on whether WWE was his end game when he started wrestling:
“No. When I started back in 2000 – which is now 18 years ago – WWE was the land of the giants and I am no shape or size, a giant. I’m 6-feet, 250 lbs. now, back in the day I was barely 140 lbs. and I wanted to do what was obtainable. Was I a fan of WWE? Yeah, of course, but I knew it was not going to be a thing for me, until NXT came to the foreground and a lot of my friends who I was competing against on the independent scene were getting signed. And I was like, ‘Wait a minute? Something’s changed.’ The landscape of professional wrestling really changed when NXT was brought in.”
Pressure being NXT Champion:
“It’s definitely a lot of pressure because the people who have held this belt, you look at Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and even traveling back to Seth Rollins and Big E, the heritage that this belt has is endless. And it’s heavy, so I have a big responsibility to do right by this belt and do right by NXT.”
You can watch the entire interview in the video embedded below: