Aleister Black has admitted the last two years have felt like 'a slow death' in WWE, because none of the ideas he pitched stuck in the way he hoped.
Black, along with Braun Strowman, Ruby Riott, Santana Garrett, Lana and Buddy Murphy, was released by the promotion on Wednesday.
The former NXT Champion endured a difficult time on the main roster and, despite indicating he had a good relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, he found it difficult to translate his ideas into something that the creative team wanted to put on television.
Speaking during a live Twitch stream on Wednesday, Black said: "It's bittersweet because I owe everything to WWE. Not to diminish my prior work because it got me to the dance, but the last two years were a slow death for me.
"The numerous conversations I had with Vince and everyone trying hard, it did numbers on my self-esteem. It's one of those things where the word 'intrigue' was always there. 'We find you intriguing.' Okay, let's present something. I have thrown so many things at the wall. I keep creating characters and gimmicks and storylines.
"It's a crazy landscape and everyone's experience is different. Mine was great. The last two years is what it is. Do I mope about it? 'Oh they should have given me a shot.' Unfortunately, this was supposed to be my shot. That was the consensus, 'we're going to push this character.'
"I'm thankful for Vince, Hunter, Bruce [Prichard], Paul [Heyman], Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Rowan, Brodie, Roman Reigns. Roman is one of the best locker room leaders."