Fade to Black
At this point, Aleister Black has been absent from WWE programming since he was drafted to Smackdown last October. As of this writing it seems like Black has been healing up from injuries he had sustained and just getting 100%, but there is no indication of when the former NXT Champion will return. Right now with WWE on the "Road to Wrestlemania" it's clear that Black will not reappear until after the show of shows, but when after Mania. Countless times I have questioned WWE on their lack on long term planning and direction this is one of those times. Black showed in NXT he can be a draw if given the opportunity to take the lead, but he was never given the "ball" on the main roster.
I know some might think that just because he was a draw on the lesser stage doesn't mean he can be a draw on the big stage. Well to that I say he never showed he couldn't draw it's that he was never given a rivalry with someone to really get people excited like he was given a number of times in NXT. Part of me wanted to write this and either come up with a long overarching story for Black like I did with Andrade or just say WWE should let him go, but there is another way to fix things.
Send the former NXT World Champion back home to NXT just as an experiment to get him hot again and let fans see him at his best again, because that wont happen on the main roster. Also sending him to NXT would allow him to feud with Finn Balor, Karrion Kross, Adam Cole, Dexter Lumis, and other stars that weren't on the roster when he was down there the first time around. Look at how much going to NXT has helped right Finn Balor now Finn is one of the hottest stars in the company. I know that sending another main roster star to NXT would take a spot from someone already down there, but they seem to be really well versed at cycling talent around to not overuse certain stars on weekly television. Black going down to NXT is the best decision for everyone especially if you have him earn his spot back on the roster since new stars have appeared since he was last on the black and gold brand.
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