Aleister Black Admits That His Main Roster Call Up Was “Last-Minute”

Black was called up to the main roster earlier this year

Aleister Black
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Aleister Black has made waves on the main roster over the past few months, but he hasn’t been able to find the form that allowed him to become NXT Champion during his time on the developmental brand.

Black has been looking for a challenge ever since he made his way over to SmackDown Live back in April and could have finally found that in the form of Randy Orton.

The former Champion is a huge fan of working out and recently joined Sheamus on his Celtic Warrior Workouts where he was able to share some personal information about his career and how he found out he was getting called up to the main roster.

“I was born in Amsterdam. I got into wrestling at the age of 4 or 5, I didn’t watch WWE until later. I watched Japanese style wrestling, European style wrestling, and WCW. It wasn’t until I was 15 or 16 that I saw my first WWE Pay-Per-View and I was very confused. I thought there was only one thing (organization). Later on, I learned there were many, many promotions going. Because I was seeing faces, I saw in different companies, in WWE. I thought they changed their name,” he said via WrestlingInc.

“To me as a kid, it looked like two people fighting, so, in my child’s mind, I was like I need to do this. My parents signed me up for karate, Kung Fu, jujitsu because I thought that was what they were doing. It’s when I started kickboxing, I realized that is not what they are practicing at all.”

Black was one of a number of NXT stars called up to the main roster earlier this year and even he admitted that his time in NXT was short and the call-up was very last minute.

“I wasn’t scheduled to be called up. It was a last minute decision, I was just done (with a workout) and it was 11:30 and I didn’t have to be at the live event until 1:00. So, I was just going to take a 45-minute nap. I had my phone by me, and my phone starts to go off and its coach Bloom. He said, ‘I have some news for you’ and as a joke, I said ‘ you are firing me’. And he said, ‘Something like that, this Sunday you’re flying to Tennessee (so the debut could be kept a secret) and this Monday you make your debut on Raw and Tuesday on SmackDown.”