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Aleister Black comments on his unexpected WWE release

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Most of the six names WWE “future endeavored” today (June 2) elicit a shocked reaction when you see them, so it’s hard to say which one was the most unexpected.

Aleister Black - or I guess we need to get used to calling him Tommy End again - is high on the list, though. WWE spent weeks hyping his latest return to television with slickly produced vignettes on SmackDown, and inserted him into the Intercontinental title picture just two weeks ago.

Plus, there are reports the company just re-signed his wife, Thea “Zelina Vega” Trinidad. Her release last year amidst the company’s crackdown on talent using third party engagement platforms was speculated on as an issue that was keeping Black off television. Her returning to the fold just as he showed back on television made it look like all was well.

We’ll have to wait to find out more about the behind-the-scenes reason for today’s moves. In the meantime, we know if caught Black as off-guard as anyone else.

Thanks for the memories Tommy. Your NXT run was great. Can’t wait to see what you do next*.

*AEW All Out is three days after a 90 day non-compete would expire for today’s releases. Just sayin’.