Malakai Black shocked the world on July 7, when he made his shocking AEW debut at the Road Rager show, attacking Cody Rhodes and Arn Anderson due to a lapse in his non-compete clause.
Speaking with the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Black admitted that he immediately thought of AEW after his WWE release, after a conversation he had with the late Jon Huber (Brodie Lee) about the promotion.
“I’ll be completely honest with you, the day I got released, AEW popped into my head. I had so many friends there. One of the last conversations I had with Jon (Huber), rest in peace, he said, ‘You’d love it here. You’d have so much fun here.’ That kind of always stuck with me because him and me, every once in a while, would talk and there have definitely been moments where I was very frustrated. I know he went through similar stuff, so I spoke to him about it a couple of times and, you know, telling me how great he felt and how relieved he felt. So, that conversation stuck with me a lot.”
Black continued on, saying that other than AEW, he has interest in working for New Japan Pro Wrestling, saying:
“Then I got released, so from day one that was kind of the thought process. There were multiple offers — conversations happening from different companies. One of the companies that I still want to do some stuff for, hopefully in the future, is New Japan. That would make my circle complete. That’s what I was kind of raised on. I always wanted to go to Japan. I always wanted to go to New Japan, so it’s always been one of my ultimate goals. It’s one of the last few things on the checklist is New Japan. Let’s hope in due time, someway, somehow we can make that happen in the future.”
Malakai Black will face Cody Rhodes in his AEW in-ring debut on the August 4 episode of Dynamite.
transcription via Fightful