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Reason Behind Aleister Black’s Heel Turn

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 30, 2001) – WWF SmackDown!

On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.

It was broadcasted from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan and featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Unforgiven 2001’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. The Acolytes & The Big Show vs. The Dudley Boyz & Test

2. Albert vs. The Undertaker

3. Rhyno & Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho & The Rock

4. Kanyon vs. Edge

5. Hurricane Helms & Ivory vs. Spike Dudley & Molly Holly

6. Lance Storm vs. Tajiri

7. Kurt Angle vs. Booker T

• Reason Behind Aleister Black’s Heel Turn

As seen on last Monday’s post-SummerSlam episode of RAW, Aleister Black appeared on the Kevin Owens Show and turned heel by attacking Owens.

According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE turned Black heel because they needed an opponent for Owens to feud with.

Owens was originally scheduled to continue his feud with Seth Rollins, but then Rey Mysterio re-signed with WWE and continues to feud with Rollins along with his son, so there was no one for Owens to feud with.

“Kevin Owens needs an opponent because originally he was supposed to face Seth, but Rey signed so now Kevin Owens needs an opponent, so Kevin Owens has an opponent, so it just is what it is.”

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