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Malakai Black Looks Back On Jericho/Michaels Segment He Learned From

Malakai Black is a student of the game.

The former WWE Superstar known as Aleister Black who recently made his All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut as Malakai Black with a dominant victory over Cody Rhodes at last week’s AEW Dynamite: Homecoming show appeared as a guest on Talk Is Jericho.

During his discussion with Chris Jericho, one of the new top stars on the roster in AEW spoke about learning from watching an old segment featuring “Le Champion” and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels in WWE, and how HBK was considered a small guy during his active run in the business.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where Malakai Black talks about these topics and more.

On remembering learning a visual cue from a Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho segment: “We’re in Shawn’s class, and Shawn is showing us the angle between you (Jericho) and Shawn with his wife involved. And you gave the shot and it hits his wife, and you do something with your facials that tells me, ‘I shouldn’t have done that, but I’m taking full advantage of it.’ But you didn’t say anything. It was a nonverbal cue, and I remember seeing that and going, ‘I have so much to learn,’ but that was one of the things where I was like, ‘See, I’m right. This is what wrestling is.’ Wrestling isn’t here’s the kick and the punch in the throat.”

On how Shawn Michaels was considered a smaller man in the business: “Shawn was always considered a smaller guy, but he revolutionized the business. He used to tell me, a lot of times people would say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t know how to wrestle. He just does moves.’ Ironically, that’s what comes back now. That’s something that comes back nowadays in this modern era as well. ‘These guys can’t wrestle.’ Terry Taylor used to tell me that the guys in the locker room that he was with would tell him, ‘You guys know nothing about wrestling. You’re all a bunch of marks that just do moves.’ That was just funny to hear that guys like him and Michaels, guys from two different eras, would get the same criticism that a lot of us get now.”

Check out the complete episode of the show featuring the interview at WebIsJericho. H/T to WrestlingInc.com for transcribing the above quotes.

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