Malakai Black has requested his release from AEW while he looks to take some time for himself to “recalibrate”. What started out as only reports and rumours were elaborated on by Malakai Black via his Instagram
Reports emerged that the leader of the House of Black had in fact requested his release from AEW, and had been given a very specific conditional release from the company.
Dave Meltzer reported on the situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, stating that Malakai may had hoped to return to his former employer, WWE but he unfortunately was contractually tied to All Elite Wrestling for multiple more years.
“He put out a statement today and he wanted out from AEW. I guess we’ll see what happened. Obviously, he wanted to go back to WWE and he had a lot of time left on his deal. I think four and a half years left on the deal. It’s an interesting thing because it’s really difficult to keep someone who is unhappy under contract for that length of time. He did sign for that length of time. The reason you sign people to contracts is so that they can’t if they get unhappy or somebody makes an offer somewhere else, they can’t just go the next day. The whole reason he was signed to a five-year big-money contract was so if something happened in WWE and they wanted him back and they changed his mind, that they had him and they could book him for all those years. So it becomes an interesting situation and the same goes in the other direction too,”Dave Meltzer
WWE reportedly reached out to an AEW wrestler who remained under contract in August of this year. Malakai Black was last seen on All Elite Wrestling television in a losing effort with the House of Black against the team of Miro, Sting, and Darby Allin.
H/T WrestlingsNews.Co for the transcriptions