Update on Aleister Black's WWE status



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Update on Aleister Black's WWE status

One of the talents under contract with WWE who has been incredibly absent from the television screens for several months is Aleister Black. The Dutch star hasn't appeared on TV since the October 12 episode of Raw, when he lost a No Disqualification Match to Kevin Owens.

A few days later he was chosen to be part of the SmackDown roster during the 2020 edition of the Draft, but he hasn't been heard of since. We reported how the situation for Aleister Black was critical, as the creative team weren't even considering him during the last meetings, but now there seem to be some signs of hope from America.

In fact, according to Mike Johnson of PWIndiser Elite, WWE is said to be keeping Aleister Black out of any storyline on purpose, in order to reintroduce him in a more important role when he returns. These are the words that should please fans of the former NXT champion: "I was told that WWE is deliberately keeping Aleister Black out of the picture so that on his return he can have a great debut at SmackDown, which is not yet it happened"

Aleister Black in WWE

Apparently, then, in the absence of meaningful storylines for his character, Vince McMahon's federation would have decided to avoid showing Aleister Black on television to preserve his status. The last few months have been quite worrying for the Dutch wrestler's career in WWE: after a prosperous period in Raw under the wing of Executive Producer Paul Heyman, a big fan of him, Aleister Black has suffered a major push during the summer.

In August, Black passed through the ranks of the bad guys but the change of attitude did not completely convince the fans. In November the WWE fired his wife Zelina Vega and according to some rumors the relationship between the Stamford federation and the wrestler would have cracked.

It seems that Aleister Black also asked the management to return to NXT, a proposal which, however, was immediately rejected. After wrestling for several promotions like Insane Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, wXw, and others, Aleister Black signed with WWE in June 2016.

He made his NXT in-ring debut at TakeOver: Orlando in 2017. One year later, at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Aleister Black defeated Andrade 'Cien' Almas to win the NXT Championship. He went on to hold the title for 108 days before losing it to Tommaso Ciampa.

Aleister Black was called-up to the WWE main roster in February 2019, and he started competing as a tag team alongside former NXT North American Champion Ricochet. The two challenged for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 35. His alliance with Ricochet ended after he was drafted to SmackDown.