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.
More AEW stars want to depart AEW
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.
“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,” Meltzer wrote.
“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 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. We will have to see what the future holds for the talents.