Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano
It is now plain to see that the man once known as Johnny Wrestling has undergone a severe change of heart, but Gargano’s evil intentions seemingly took root months ago when he ambushed Black in the parking lot outside Full Sail Live. The attack, which prevented Black from competing against Gargano and NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa in a title bout at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, became the “Who done it?” mystery of the summer, with no one (including Gargano) owning up to it. NXT General Manager William Regal’s efforts to crack the case resulted in plenty of finger-pointing and conspiracy theories, altogether creating chaos throughout the black-and-yellow brand.
As we all know now, Nikki Cross, who had a bird’s-eye view of the attack, spilled the beans to Black. By the time The Dutch Destroyer came looking to collect his pound of flesh on the Oct. 24 edition of NXT, Gargano was finally ready to reveal himself as the culprit. He did so emphatically, drilling Black with a superkick from behind.
With Black and Gargano fated for a collision at TakeOver: WarGames II, there’s no telling what’s in store, beyond the certainty of a bruising grudge match. Will Gargano’s heinous deed — never mind his involvement in Black’s NXT Title loss in July — come home to roost? Or will The Dutch Destroyer find out that even his intensity can’t match the depravity of the new-look Johnny Gargano?