Shortly after learning of his WWE outing this morning (June 2), Aleister Black jumped on his wife Thea Trinidad’s. Twitch Channel for an almost hour-long conversation with the fans. Fans who expected wild life in WWE didn’t get one from Black, whose real name is Tom Budgen and who will once again go through Tommy End professionally.
Guys, I’m not crazy at all. Let’s discuss it. Share stories with me! Come hang out on Twitch. https://t.co/kf6a87a5tw
– Tommy End (@WWEAleister) June 2, 2021
As you can see from the tweet, End was almost entirely positive about his time in WWE.
“I was told it was budget cuts. Whether it’s budget cuts or not? It doesn’t matter. I’m here now, and had a great time. I have spent 4-5 phenomenal years in WWE … I am so very grateful for a lot of the things WWE has done for me. What I’m most grateful for is that I was given a platform, in limited supply I was able to give you or myself parts of my character.
From there he talked a lot about his creative process and the thinking he put into what we saw on screen – things like the way the colors on the wall during his bedroom promotions. “correlated with the next person who was supposed to knock on his door, or how he used color designs and tarot cards to tailor his entrance jacket to a particular opponent. He was excited about the Black Father thing, something he said is based on his own upbringing. The glasses he wore during the vignettes (which are his own reading glasses) and the decision to keep the visual effect of his feud with Seth Rollins were made based on his research into how cult leaders often have something unique about their appearance.
He tells a lot of interesting stories, especially for the version of the character of Aleister Black that NXT fans liked. This did not translate after he was called to Gross with Ricochet, however. End said “They could never really determine what Aleister wanted him to be on the main roster.”
Don’t blame the creation of WWE for this, however.
“The only thing I also want to say is… don’t get angry with our creation. Our creative – well, their, [I’m]is no longer there – their creative is doing their best, and there are good people working there. Very creative and talented people.
So who should you blame? It’s not clear. End describes how influential and useful Triple H has been throughout his WWE career. Other wrestlers like Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt (who “fights tooth and nail” for his vision), Jon Huber aka Brodie Lee, Roman Reigns (“honest to God, one of the fucking better locker room bosses that j ‘ve never had in my life “), the Usos and the Apollo crews are all hailed as positive forces behind the scenes during their time there.
WWE is a “crazy, crazy landscape,” but Tommy doesn’t quite understand why. In fact, he is grateful for the constraints this placed on him. He says it’s something he had in common with The Revival, who believed that being forced into the WWE system required them to be creative.
“If there are no handcuffs and you can do anything, that’s one thing. But if you have limits and rules, and you can still shine, this is the testament to being a professional.
He specifically talks about his good relationship with current Raw and SmackDown executive director Bruce Prichard, who “tried to protect me in a lot of situations.” When under Paul Heyman, the then executive director “fought tooth and nail for me, but at the end of the day when a decision is made, a decision is made.”
The man who presumably made these decisions? End also has some good things to say about Vince McMahon.
“… all of my conversations I had with Vince, he was always very positive. I have a good relationship with Vince. I always told him how I felt, he always respected that about me. And he always praised me for my creativity and my ability to have good manners and respect, while being honest with him about how I felt. You never really know why things turned out the way they did but all I can tell you though, from my point of view and the word I’ve always given is that Vince was always pretty high on me.
Reports that McMahon was not high with him are an example of the issues Black has with the wrestling media. He was also particularly unhappy with the news of Trinidad’s return to WWE.
“Don’t listen to those reporters who talk about ‘Oh, Aleister Black this’ or ‘Vince never got high on Aleister’. That’s not true. It’s not true at all … don’t them. don’t listen because they don’t know anything. They don’t have any initiates. They have people telling them distorted stories. I think during the seven months that I was at home, I think there has had seven different reports, as if my request for NXT was turned down. That’s not true at all. I wasn’t shot at all – in fact, he was praised. Vince told me: ” It’s a really good idea. ”But he said to me,“ I want to do it this way first, and if it doesn’t work, I can always put you back in NXT. ”Because I had everything. a plan for that too, but it wasn’t shot down hard – not at all.
“Again, that’s the problem. They are not in these talks. They don’t know any of these people. Don’t waste your money on it. For the most part, it’s like 5% truth, and they’ll fabricate 95% around that just for you to click on it. It’s just sad that this company has turned into a tabloid, which I still find so strange. Why are you cheating people, why are you continually feeding this negative narrative – I get it. Because negativity sells. But you have to be smarter than that because I can guarantee you to be in this business and see some of these items pop up? 95% of them are simply made …
“It’s frustrating, because it puts us in a shitty position, because you as the fans – and I don’t blame you for the most part – this is the closest source of information you have. But that’s not a news source. It’s made, and it’s made to make you think a certain way. It’s programming your brain to say, “Oh, those fucking mothers. And a lot of times that’s not right. Of course, there are times when it’s right. I mean, a broken clock is right twice a day too, right?
“And I still love the ‘oh plans change’ line. He’s literally the greatest cop in the world. As far as I’m concerned, I think I was largely spared. Despite these things, there are clearly good intentions in some of them as well, but there is a thing like validating your sources and validating your stories rather than openly posting things that harm people. Take the thing a few weeks ago with my wife, who hurt him so much. Nothing but hateful and horror-like comments, all because someone was like ‘sign up on my Patreon and I’ll hear from you’, when in reality there was no new. There was literally no news. There was just – it was nothing. These are the same people who all talk about supporting each other, helping each other, and then doing things like that and not realizing the harm they are causing. I blame people like that for that. I just don’t like it.
There’s a lot to unpack out there, and I’ll try to do it without getting defensive (we don’t pretend to be reporters here at Cageside, and provide our thoughts on other people’s reports in part to try to ‘Encourage the community to keep rumors in perspective. One of the reasons Kyle Decker writes them down every week is to remind all of us not to think of them as gospel. But we definitely play a role in the environment wrestling media that Black criticizes, and I won’t claim that we don’t).
My main observations would be that the “tabloid” nature of things he is not happy with is far from a simple problem of struggle. Every subject under the sun is covered the same way in the 21st century – with a lot of sensationalism designed to encourage outrage. Whether it’s professional wrestling or politics, everyone is motivated by the result to some degree. You just need to find trusted sources who are trying to earn your click or your money – which is really the same thing – by providing you with the information you want in a way you like to take it.
As someone who consumes and creates #professional wrestling content, I have my favorite outlets. Even with these I have my issues with them, but they have sources and try to validate them. It’s a thankless job in a business founded on cheating on customers where no one will go on the record, but they are there. These are the ones Kyle will mark correctly in the Rumor Look Back most often.
It also seems ridiculous to me to denounce the “change of plans” as a copout on the same show where you say you were told yesterday that your wide angle would debut Friday on SmackDown and then released today. Plans obviously do change, and if you have multiple people claiming to know these blueprints and telling you what they are, sharing them with people who want to know what they are isn’t fundamentally wrong.
So from my admittedly biased point of view, while the wrestling media should strive to be as comprehensive as possible, it is more on the reader who would take any reporting on the men and women on a TV show. television and would use it to send these people “hate comments”.
As I said, this is a very broad subject. But of all the topics he’s covered, there are a few from Black’s Twitch stream that I absolutely agree with.
“I like being in this job. I like everything – even despite what I just said, we need people like that, to some extent. I love everything about this business.
Me too, Tommy. And, while that might not be the best for our results, I also support this:
“You don’t want to wake up in 20 or 30 years and say to yourself ‘Why did I spend so much time arguing with people on the internet, or being so engrossed in shit that it doesn’t matter . “