As we know, WWE stars have a 90-day non-compete clause, meaning they aren’t able to take bookings outside of WWE for 90 days after they are given their release. During this period, WWE does continue to pay talent.
After that 90-day period is up, the released wrestlers are free to work for other promotions, but almost always must do so under a different name. However, the new talent must not only find a new name for wrestling.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that the released wrestlers won’t be able to sign autographs using their WWE names after their non-competes are up, writing:
An interesting note in WWE contracts regarding autograph signings is that talent no longer under contract is not only not allowed to do events or appearances using their WWE name, which is understandable, but they aren’t allowed to even sign using their name. For example, if somebody comes up to Braun Strowman with a photo or action figure and asks for an autograph, he can sign his real name but he can’t sign the name Braun Strowman once his 90 days are up
This means that if you see Aleister Black on the street or at an autograph signing in September once his non-compete clause is up, he will not legally be able to sign something for you as Aleister Black.