When looking at how painful the current WWE product so often is right now – here’s looking at you, Monday Night Raw! – it’s ridiculous to think that WWE has someone as talented as Aleister Black sat on the sidelines.
The last time that audiences saw Black was in a losing effort against Kevin Owens on the 12 October 2020 episode of Raw. That same night, the former Tommy End was shifted over to the SmackDown brand as part of the WWE Draft.
Since then, though, Black hasn’t made a single appearance on WWE’s blue brand programming.
In a new report from Fightful Select, the one-time NXT Champion has not been seen backstage at SmackDown since his wife Zelina Vega was released from the company in early November.
If you remember, Vega was released as part of WWE’s crackdown on third party platforms – in this case, the real-life Thea Trinidad’s Twitch channel.
The Fightful report suggests that there is no particular issue directly between WWE and Aleister Black, with one source believing that Black’s absence is part of the process of letting both parties cool down after the firing of Vega.
As and when Aleister Black returns to WWE TV remains to be seen, but the impending Royal Rumble PPV could well be an ideal spot to bring him back into the fold if possible.