Johnny Gargano revealed his motive for attacking Aleister Black
Johnny Gargano returned to the scene of the crime — the Full Sail Live parking lot — to break his silence and reveal, finally, why he attacked Aleister Black in August. It’s unlikely that NXT fans will find much comfort in his explanation.
Walking to the exact spot where Black’s unconscious body was found nearly three months ago, Gargano expressed no remorse for his actions. Though the ambush caused The Dutch Destroyer to miss months of action (including, most notably, a chance to reclaim the NXT Title from Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV), Gargano said the assault was “nothing personal” and that Black simply “got in the way” of Gargano fulfilling his promise to take down The Blackheart.
Gargano insisted that he’s still the same man he’s always been — i.e., the “good guy” and the “hero at the end of the story.” The only difference now, Gargano claimed, is that he realizes he must fight dirty sometimes.
Looking ahead to his match with Black at TakeOver: WarGames II, Gargano said he accepts the fact Black wants to kick his face off, but added that he’s not afraid. Gargano ended his confession on a menacing note, saying he left Black laying once before, and promises to do so again at TakeOver.