There are completely unsubstantiated rumors from Xero News of Malakai Black and other AEW stars asking for their release before AEW Dynamite. Black was a favorite of Triple H’s when he was heading up WWE NXT. Keep in mind these rumors are completely unconfirmed.
What may debunk this rumor is it may have originated from a fake Bryan Alvarez Twitter account, so this may be another rumor that has been debunked.
Again as people are saying in comments
This is very much unconfirmed atm so please take with grain of salt
I have heard this from 2 seperate people now and not the fake bryan account btw. https://t.co/xJe9n4QzYY
— Xero News (@NewsXero) August 31, 2022
Ric Flair was hoping to go to AEW last year, but those hopes were dashed when he was canceled after Dark Side of the Ring last year. WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently had his last match at Starrcast V presented ‘Ric Flair’s Last Match.’ Flair took to the stage in the main event alongside his son-in-law, Andrade El Idolo as the duo took on the team of Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. He was a bloody mess after the match and the WWE legend’s retirement match was a star-studded affair as many icons such as The Undertaker, Bret Hart, and Mick Foley were in attendance. Flair made some revelations regarding the match. He might return to the squared circle. It has also come to light that he faked a heart attack.
Ric Flair faked a heart attack
Flair’s son-in-law Conrad Thompson, the podcaster who also promoted the event, would later reveal that he “begged” Flair before the match not to do a fake heart attack spot. Flair explained to The Post he felt it was necessary to preserve the pacing to the finish as he was suffering dehydration.
“I made the mistake of saying to someone in the match that I felt lightheaded, so everybody jumped way too early [toward the finish of the match], and I just said [in my head] that this was the only way to slow it down,” Flair said.
The dehydration caused Flair to get “lost” during the match. This brought up the fake heart attack right in front of his daughter Megan, which Flair wants to set the record straight about — it was an audible on his part, not a scripted part of the match.
“I did that on my own,” Flair said. “I told the referee [to tell] Jeff Jarrett to slow down. Boom, bring it back down and lay the rest of the match out. And we did that. That was an audible to get everybody back on the same track — slow down, I’m fine. It was not the plan. It was not in good taste. I realize that. It was the only thing that was going to keep everybody from going right to the finish.”
Flair has stared death in the face twice. The first time, in 1975, he was on a plane that crashed. The pilot died, and Flair suffered a broken back.
At that point, however, Flair wasn’t thinking about death. He was worried about what would happen if he couldn’t wrestle again. “The other one was 10 times more serious,” he said. The other one was a multi-year saga. Flair had an intestinal blockage in 2015. He had an emergency appendectomy. He tried to walk out of the hospital that day.