Aleister Black hasn’t competed in a match on SmackDown in quite a while. It’s been nearly two months since we’ve seen the former NXT Champion on TV, causing many of his fans to wonder what the plan is for him going forward.
On a recent episode of Sheamus’s Celtic Warrior Workout, Black and his wife Zelina Vega were the WWE Champion’s special guests. During the episode, Black revealed something that may explain why we haven’t seen much of him outside of his vignettes.
I wasn’t scheduled to be called up. It was a last minute decision. I was just done with a workout. It was 11:30 and I didn’t have to be at the live event until 1:00. So, I was just going to take a 45-minute nap. I had my phone by me, and it starts to go off. It’s Coach Bloom.
He said, ‘I have some news for you,’ and as a joke I said, ‘You’re firing me.’ He said, ‘Something like that. This Sunday you’re flying to Tennessee, and this Monday you make your debut on Raw and Tuesday on SmackDown.’
Week in and week out, since his split from Ricochet in April, all we’ve seen from Aleister Black is vignettes begging for someone to come find and challenge him to a fight. Last week, his frustration continued to build as no one has yet accepted his challenge. Hopefully, we see him back in the ring soon.