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    Monday, August 7, 2017

    #MustWatchMonday: Aleister Black: The reDRagon Slayer

    It's pretty safe to say that the WWE sees big things in future of Aleister Black. He's gone undefeated since he officially debuted the character back in April, and his only loss on WWE TV was against Neville when he was still going by his old name, Tommy End.

    His opponents haven't been slouches either. His debut victory came at the expense of established NXT superstar and former IWGP Intercontinental Champion Andrade Almas. Since then, he's also beaten Curt Hawkins, who—despite being a jobber—is an established main roster talent. Another foe he's defeated is his former indie tag team partner, Kassius Ohno.

    The list continues to grow. While the main event scene in NXT is currently being occupied by Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre, the WWE continues to bide their time with Black by giving him credible opponents to face. And to WWE's credit, you probably can't do much better than pitting Black against the members of the tag team formerly known as reDRagon. 

    Black first went up against Bobby Fish. They weren't given much time; only getting about 10 minutes without entrances. Despite this, Fish was able to show what he was all about: no nonsense, with a crisp strike-based offense. Considering how dominant they've been booking Black to be (he squashed Curt Hawkins in two minutes on Main Event), the debuting Fish got a surprising amount of offense here, and these two definitely have a better match inside of them should the WWE choose to go in this direction.

    Next up was Kyle O'Reilly. KOR debuted three episodes after Fish did, and like his tag team partner, was pitted against Aleister Black in his debut outing. This match built upon the Bobby Fish match: presenting a different form of wrestling match from your standard WWE format. It was heavy on grappling and strikes, but still managed to keep its viewers entertained. O'Reilly gave Black everything he could handle in this match, but just fell short this time, with a strike getting countered into the Black Mass for the pin.

    I do want to note though, that the crowd did take away quite a bit from this match for me. Their silence and general apathy didn't suit the intensity the two wrestlers were trying to bring into the match. Hopefully, these two can have another match down the line with a crowd who would really buy into what was happening.

    What do you think about Black's run in NXT so far? Is he main event-bound sooner rather than later? Leave a comment!

    Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.
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