Johnny Gargano revealed on the November 7 episode of WWE NXT why he attacked Aleister Black.
Speaking from the exact spot where the attack took place, he explained that his upcoming TakeOver: WarGames opponent was simply “collateral damage” and “got in the way” on his path to trying to reclaim the NXT Championship from Tomasso Ciampa in the build-up to TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.
The match was originally supposed to be a Triple Threat but, due to Black’s injury, Gargano faced Ciampa in a one-on-one Last Man Standing match instead.
Gargano insisted he is the same “good guy” he has always been, but added: “I live in a dark, dark place, Aleister. I’m not afraid of the dark anymore. Actually, I’m kind of starting to like it.”