Everyone else is talking about Punk's meltdown, but I think some attention deserves to be given to what a wasted opportunity Malakai Black turned out to be.
In a company that has occasionally lacked top heels, he had it all. His look is unique, the entrance was among the best of anyone in the business, he can work, he can talk, and he was OVER after he squashed Cody. Sadly, that Cody loss killed him, as they never gave him a huge singles win to recover from that.
What did the House of Black ever really get a chance to do? We got a Julia Hart payoff that took FOREVER and led to her….what? Wearing black clothes instead of a cheerleader outfit? What else did they do besides have a forgettable feud with Death Triangle and wrestle some nothing matches against midcard jobbers like Fuego?
He could've at least been allowed to terrorize the midcard for a while as TNT champion.
Strongly agree. The Cody feud killed him and he never really was allowed to be booked at the level of his overness.