Tonight’s special ‘Road Rager’ of AEW Dynamite was full of surprises as Malakai Black, formerly known to sports entertainment and professional wrestling audiences as Aleister Black, a shocking and unexpected debut by attacking ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes and his coach, ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson. Could another ex-WWE superstar be joining Black in AEW?
While this surely could lead to a hard-hitting and entertaining feud between Black and Rhodes, fans were wondering how the one-time NXT Champion could show up on AEW programming before the standard ninety day ‘no compete’ clause that WWE typically implements expired.
It appears that there is a very simple answer to that as PWInsider is reporting that Aleister Black apparently had a no compete clause that was set for thirty days, instead of ninety. This is being deemed as a ‘ bad clerical error’ by the outlet.
” So, what can only be described as a bad clerical error allowed End to be free and clear in time for the first episode of AEW Dynamite on the road and surprise everyone.”
Black was released by WWE, along a myriad of other talent on June 2, 2021 and had previously just made his return back to the company after a series of vignette promos. His last appearance for WWE was also his ‘return’ as he helped Apollo Crews retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.