It appears that Aleister Black will be staying back with the likes of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan and John Cena when WWE takes their show to the sands of Saudi Arabia next month.
Owens has reportedly told the company he won't be joining them this time around, presumably due to Sami Zayn's being kept back due to his Syrian origin, while Bryan and Cena made their stances clear last year.
According to a report from Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, WWE has decided to leave Black behind too because many of his tattoos have religious connotations. Black isn't featured on TV that much in any case but the Super ShowDown will feature the "biggest Battle Royal in WWE history" in which just about every wrestler - except for women, Syrians and those who have refused to go, of course - will compete.
Meltzer's assertion does make sense though, given Black's whole back is inked with a portrait of Lilith. For those of you who care to know, Lilith is the most notorious demonic figure in Jewish folklore, which describes her the first woman ever created (before Eve). There are several versions of this figure but the most common one is of a woman who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven because she refused to be submissive to men. In more modern times, she's thought of as the first feminist hero.
Black hasn't shied away from revealing the meaning of his back tatt either.
“The being on my back is Lilith, in some folklore she is the first woman to ever rebel against paradise," he told UK publication, the Daily Star, last June. “The reason she is there for equality, equality for every man and woman – which is the most important thing there is.”
What This Means
We can't imagine Black being too disappointed over not being able to go to Saudi Arabia with WWE. A huge section of the locker room is said to be averse to the hosting of shows over there, plus the state has always been linked to 9/11, a tragedy in which his wife, Zelina Vega, lost her father.