AEW star Malakai Black was the guest during an interview with SHAK Wrestling, in which he focused on his NXT run and how important it was for him to be there.
His experience in NXT helped make him the wrestler he is now: “It helped me to be where I am today, it’s the reason why I’m in this other amazing company now. In its own weird way, it helped shape that, you know what I mean? And it helped shape me and it allows me to bring my craft to what I consider to be the innovative, cool company in the world right now, which is AEW.”
Black added that Samoa Joe and William Regal would be welcomed in AEW: “For Joe, whether that would be in an active competitor part or just someone who helps produce, I would welcome it, I actually spoke to Mr. Regal the day of and just expressed my gratitude to him. Because there are a few people that I always went to, to filter my ideas and filter my process, and him and Terry Taylor always pop in my head whenever I try to plan stuff or do stuff or think about stuff. He was a big part of that. He was the one who originally saw me back in the UK, back in Progress. He was the one who made it all happen.”
In particular, Black thinks a lot of his success is due to Regal’s help: “So I owe a lot, if not almost anything of my mainstream success to William Regal and he is a credit to the business in any shape or way. And whatever he decides to do, I hope he realizes that he’s very respected and he’s very loved and that he, if he were to make that decision, if that was the direction that would, I think that the business would be better for it. Because there is none more equipped to learn from than William Regal.”