William Regal’s NXT Title announcement turned to mayhem as Johnny Gargano attacked Aleister Black
The NXT Universe never found out what General Manager William Regal has in mind for NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: WarGames, but a different mystery that’s loomed over the black-and-yellow brand for months — the identity of Aleister Black’s assailant — appears to have been solved, and the answer is something that nobody could have predicted.
As Regal prepared to make his announcement, The Blackheart entered the ring to get an up-close viewing. Velveteen Dream was the next to interrupt, telling Regal that the people want an “experience” at WarGames and waiting on NXT’s top authority to say his name.
Lars Sullivan, believing himself to be the rightful top contender, then stormed the squared circle and engaged in a war of words with Dream, which quickly escalated into physicality, with The Freak grabbing Dream by the throat. Just then, Nikki Cross returned to the arena and reiterated her warning from earlier, repeating that “He’s coming.”
At that point, Aleister Black, whom Regal had instructed security to keep out of the building until he spoke with Regal, forced his way to the ring, leaving a trail of downed security personnel in his wake. Dream and Ciampa high-tailed it out of the ring, but Sullivan wasn’t so lucky, and he suffered a Black Mass for it.
An enraged Black turned his attention to Regal and demanded to know where his attacker was. Within seconds, the entire world found out, as Johnny Gargano slid into the ring and blasted The Dutch Destroyer with a superkick before defiantly stating, “I’m right here.”
The blindside attack left Black down and out, while Gargano’s apparent admission of guilt left the NXT Universe speechless.