Aleister Black has claimed a lot of WWE higher-ups didn't understand why he was released.
The former NXT Champion was let go by the company last week along with the likes of Braun Strowman and Ruby Riott, bringing his run as a WWE Superstar to an end after five years.
During an appearance on Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions, Black noted a lot of people had contacted him following his release and WWE higher-ups were puzzled by the company's decision to let him go.
"There are a lot of guys who have reached out. Right before [podcast recording], Edge called me and I couldn't pick up. There has been such a reaction on my release. Being released is one thing, but if you're released and there is no response, that's bleak and dark and can get into your head. There's been outpouring support from friends, colleagues, family, and fans. It's helped," Black said.
"I've spoken to a lot of higher-ups and they don't understand it. Throughout the entire company there is a 'why him?' It's a good feeling that the perception you have of 'why am I being let go?' is shared by many high up in the company that are very close to the boss."
This echoes a recent report from PWInsider's Mike Johnson which noted that some within WWE were pushing for Black to be re-signed as they believe he was released prematurely. Many backstage feel Black was the victim of broken promises and start/stop creative as opposed to anything he did himself and that out of everyone released, he was "cut too soon."
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