Welcome back? Every now and then, you see a wrestler you know is different. Maybe it is in how they look or how they work in the ring, but there is something about them that stands out above all of the rest. Then sometimes they go away for whatever reason and fans are left scratching their heads. That was the case last year, but now we might be seeing a change.
One of the stranger decisions WWE has made in recent months is leaving Aleister Black on the sidelines. For some reason, Black has not wrestled a match since October and has been stuck sitting in catering ever since. It seems to be that Vince McMahon just does not like him but there is also a chance that it has something to do with Black’s wife Thea Trinidad being released. This has been an odd situation, but it might be coming to an end.
According to PWInsider.com, WWE has begun filming promos for Black’s return to television. It is not clear when Black will return, though he was sent from Monday Night Raw to SmackDown in 2020 WWE Draft. He has yet to make his SmackDown debut though, as his first match took place before the Draft aired. There is no word on what Black will be doing or who he will be feuding with when he returns.
Black, 35 years old, is a former NXT Champion but has yet to win a title on the main roster. Along with Keith Lee, Black is the only former NXT Champion to have been called up to the main roster full time without winning a championship. Since his debut on Monday Night Raw in 2019, Black has floated around from feud to feud without much in the way of a signature win.
Black can certainly go. Check out his time on the main roster:
Opinion: I’ll call this cautious optimism as Black returning could be little more than a short term deal before he is gone again, possibly for good this time. I don’t know what WWE does not see in him, but the talent is certainly there. They thought enough of him to make him NXT Champion, but for some reason that has yet to click on the main roster. Hopefully that is not the case, because it would be a shame to waste someone like him.
If nothing else, this makes me think that we might be seeing a bit of a thawing in WWE’s mindset that in WWE’s mindset about not giving wrestlers another shot. There is nothing to suggest that Black did anything wrong, but rather that WWE just did not see much in him. Maybe that is going to change, though it is something where I am going to have to wait to see it before I can believe it.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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