AEW star Malakai Black was reportedly granted a conditional release from AEW, but his future with the promotion seems unclear. The former WWE star recently approached Tony Khan, citing his mental health as the reason for him requiring some time off from the in-ring competition. At the time, it seemed many talents were making their way back to WWE with Triple H in an administrative role. At the All Out pay-per-view, when Black was making his exit after his tag team match, he blew a kiss to the fans, thus hinting that it would be a while till they see him next. It seems he is not the only one to ask for release.
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It has been noted that other wrestlers who were also contacted informed AEW management that a member of WWE Talent Relations had reached out to them. This led to AEW’s head of legal, Megha Parekh, writing a letter threatening WWE for contract tampering. Tony Khan announced this news to the AEW roster at a talent meeting last month.
On Friday, Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Black was not the only person to ask for their release from AEW around this time.
Fightful Select confirmed F4WOnline.com’s report about Malakai Black being one of the AEW stars that WWE reached out to and in addition to him, FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler) and Swerve Strickland were believed to have been contacted by WWE.
Fightful also noted the following:
“While we don’t have a name, an AEW source also said WWE had reached out in August to an AEW name who had been with the company since the start, but that even we’d be surprised to learn they reached out to.”