AEW’s Malakai Black Talks Aleister Black

Aug 4, 2021 - by James Walsh

AEW star Malakai Black made an appearance on Talk Is Jericho to discuss a wide range of topics.

During it, the former WWE star talked about where the Aleister Black name came from:

“Initially, me and Hunter started talking about a name, and he coined Alleister Black with a double L. He said, ‘My style is more like martial arts, but it’s Muay-thai and a little bit of kickboxing’ I didn’t want to be compared to Alistair Overeem. He’s Dutch. Out of respect for him, and I knew that if I coined the name as Aleister Crowley. I knew that certain individuals would write conspiracy things about me.

People thought that I was either trying to pay homage to the occultists. I just knew that it would get people talking. I knew people were, for good or bad, going to make references between the occult and that name, and they did, and they still do because of the symbolism that I use and all the weird connections that I make with my characters towards the darker side of things.

A really good chunk of occultist literature, but I have to find a way to translate it. I can’t just use iconography that is only known in a certain part of the world that hopefully people will pick up. It has to be in a Westernized way that people subconsciously or subconsciously pick that stuff up and make the bridges between them. That’s the tricky part, but that’s also been a very fun part for me.”

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One Response

  1. Steve says:

    All these fired guys have nothing about the here and now. Please refer to these by their non WWE. Tommy should have gone back to your PWG name
    All these guys should move on.

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