WWE NXT Champion, Aleister Black recently spoke with Metal Hammer to promote WWE’s upcoming appearances at Download Festival, below are some highlights of the interview.
His first Download experience:
“Progress had a show there, the year before I got signed to WWE. I wasn’t really in tune with the festivals in the United Kingdom because I was wrestling so much and because they weren’t in my country, but I’d of course heard of Download. I was never around for it before then because I was always wrestling somewhere.”
Exploring the festival:
“I remember that everyone was telling me that I had to bring wellies, because it can be pretty gross, but I didn’t have any! I was like, ‘It can’t be that bad,’ so I wore these really cheap, white sneakers to my first Download. Dude, within three seconds, they were grey and black, ha ha ha! I came in on the Sunday, and I watched Slayer, Every Time I Die – Andy from ETID is a good friend of mine, so I wanted to catch them – and Body Count. What an experience, man. You can see it on television or on YouTube, but nothing is as good as just being there. I remember seeing Slayer with [independent wrestler]Rampage Brown, we were standing on top of the hill, and Slayer were there, right in front of us. I was looking at him and he was looking at me and we were like, ‘Damn, this is insane.’ You see all these collective people together, their minds going, ‘This is the best time of our lives, and we’re not letting anyone tell us how to live them.’”
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His current favorite music:
“I go through so much music on a daily basis! I’ve been listening to Ghost a lot – Rats gets me pumped. Like, how is it even possible that a band like Ghost are becoming the biggest metal band in the world? So I’m on a big Ghost kick at the moment, and I’m on a big Darkthrone kick at the moment. I’m pretty much going between Ghost, Darkthrone and Bathory.”