PHILADELPHIA — In the three months since WrestleMania, Aleister Black has spent his SmackDown career locked in a room, waiting for someone to seek him out for a fight. Raw’s Cesaro answered, and it’s safe to say both Superstars got the brawl they wanted out of the impromptu challenge. But it was Black who got the win, downing The Swiss Cyborg after a furious back-and-forth that featured just as much psychological warfare as it did in-ring excellence: Cesaro showed no respect to The Ominous Man From Amsterdam, going for the Neutralizer almost immediately and mocking the former NXT Champion’s contemplative, cross-legged taunt.

Cesaro drills Aleister Black with a European uppercut: WWE Extreme Rules 2019 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Cesaro catches Aleister Black in mid-air and drills him with a crushing European uppercut at WWE Extreme Rules. Courtesy of WWE Network.

Black, however, did not allow himself to be rattled, focusing the full scope of his offense on kicking the former United States Champion in the thigh in an attempt to sap Cesaro of his strength. It seemed, for a while, like it wouldn’t work: Cesaro blasted Black with every variation of European uppercut, leaving The Dutch Destroyer seeing stars and kicking out by the skin of his teeth. The strategy paid dividends down the line, but Cesaro answered by switching to submissions, a ground game that the strike-based Black struggled to find an answer for.

Find an answer, however, he did. With his strength beginning to wear down, Black turned instead to his speed, unleashing a flurry of quick strikes that the more methodical Cesaro was unable to rally in time to answer. It was all Cesaro could do to block one of Black’s high knee strikes, but he had barely lowered his hands before The Dutch Destroyer whirled around and connected with a savage Black Mass kick to the jaw. Cesaro dropped like a rock, Black made the cover, and the battle was over. Should The Dutch Destroyer opt to return to his room, however, might we suggest leaving the door open for Cesaro, or whoever else decides to walk through? Fights like these are too good to live without.

PHILADELPHIA — In the three months since WrestleMania, Aleister Black has spent his SmackDown career locked in a room, waiting for someone to seek him out for a fight. Raw’s Cesaro answered, and it’s safe to say both Superstars got the brawl they wanted out of the impromptu challenge. But it was Black who got the win, downing The Swiss Cyborg after a furious back-and-forth that featured just as much psychological warfare as it did in-ring excellence: Cesaro showed no respect to The Ominous Man From Amsterdam, going for the Neutralizer almost immediately and mocking the former NXT Champion’s contemplative, cross-legged taunt.

Cesaro drills Aleister Black with a European uppercut: WWE Extreme Rules 2019 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Cesaro catches Aleister Black in mid-air and drills him with a crushing European uppercut at WWE Extreme Rules. Courtesy of WWE Network.

Black, however, did not allow himself to be rattled, focusing the full scope of his offense on kicking the former United States Champion in the thigh in an attempt to sap Cesaro of his strength. It seemed, for a while, like it wouldn’t work: Cesaro blasted Black with every variation of European uppercut, leaving The Dutch Destroyer seeing stars and kicking out by the skin of his teeth. The strategy paid dividends down the line, but Cesaro answered by switching to submissions, a ground game that the strike-based Black struggled to find an answer for.

Find an answer, however, he did. With his strength beginning to wear down, Black turned instead to his speed, unleashing a flurry of quick strikes that the more methodical Cesaro was unable to rally in time to answer. It was all Cesaro could do to block one of Black’s high knee strikes, but he had barely lowered his hands before The Dutch Destroyer whirled around and connected with a savage Black Mass kick to the jaw. Cesaro dropped like a rock, Black made the cover, and the battle was over. Should The Dutch Destroyer opt to return to his room, however, might we suggest leaving the door open for Cesaro, or whoever else decides to walk through? Fights like these are too good to live without.