Aleister Black is not buying Johnny Gargano’s explanation for the attack the put The Dutch Destroyer out of commission nearly three months ago.

A stone-faced Gargano returned to NXT this week to reveal the motive behind his puzzling attack, which he claimed was merely “collateral damage, nothing personal” after Black “got in the way” of his mission to take down NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV. The remorseless remarks were met with detest by Black, who responded on Instagram, suggesting Gargano gave a “comfortable” explanation that distracted the NXT Universe “from what is really going on.”

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The truth? Feeding people something comfortable that he knows you will get behind? Johnny does the exact same thing the media does, distracting you from what is really going on. And some of you are actually buying it. He wouldn’t lie to you? Then why did it take Nikki Cross ratting him out for him to “speak the truth”? I know what you really fear, John. More than anything you fear losing their adoration, you fear being alone. That’s why you are feeding them this. So you like being in the darkness? You couldn’t even handle being upfront when talking about being upfront, so putting your hoodie up like some moody teenager doesn’t make you dark, it makes you a dork. But I understand John, I understand that someone who’s mentally frail needs all these crutches to feel better about himself. You didn’t send a message to your beloved fans, you needed to record and hear the words you said outloud so you could convince your own ego, because deep down inside that little bleep of doubt that you feel John, at one point you won’t be able to ignore and push that down, but at that point it is already too late and all you are, own and represent will fade out, it will simply fade to black.

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In addition to blasting Gargano on his diluted truth, The Dutch Destroyer reiterated the same chilling message he previously left Gargano’s wife, Candice LeRae, noting that he will make his rival’s career “fade to black.”

Gargano eventually responded to Black’s statement, calling the former NXT Champion “self-entitled” and a “bully.”

The heated exchange between Black and Gargano will soon spill into a slugfest at NXT TakeOver: WarGames II, where they are set to go one-on-one in a grudge match that will be streaming live on the award-winning WWE Network on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 ET/4 PT.

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