Malakai Black reportedly not the only person in AEW that asked for his release

As previously noted, a wrestler under contract to AEW reported to the company that a representative from WWE contacted them in regards to a possible return. AEW sent an e-mail to WWE’s Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon warning them ‘not to tamper’ with their talent.”

According to Dave Meltzer of, Malakai Black was one of the people that WWE reached out to even though he had signed a five-year deal with AEW. Black recently revealed that he asked for his release from AEW.

Meltzer also noted the following…

“When Paul Levesque [Triple H] 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.”

While backstage morale in AEW has reportedly improved following recent backstage drama, Meltzer questioned if AEW President Tony Khan should keep wrestlers under long-term contracts if they don’t want to be there.