Malakai Black recently announced he would be taking some time away from the ring to focus on his life outside of the ring, something he hasn’t been able to do for many years.
In his statement, Black also revealed he had previously requested his release from AEW, and it was reported shortly after by Dave Meltzer that he was interested in returning to WWE.
According to Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Black was one of the people WWE reportedly reached out to, despite being contracted to AEW, and not only that, but Black was one of many AEW stars who requested their release after Triple H took over WWE’s creative team.
What we do know is that Black was one of the people WWE reached out to even though he had signed a five-year deal with AEW.
When Paul Levesque took over from Vince McMahon, WWE contacted a number of former WWE talents that were working there that either had left on their own or that Vince McMahon had fired. Black was not the only person to ask for his release at the time.
It was not revealed who else requested their release, and we won’t be speculating here. What is clear is that the change in WWE management has turned a lot of heads in AEW, and it might not be long before we start to see some stars move the other way.
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