Backstage News on Malakai Black and Other AEW Names Reportedly Contacted by WWE

Backstage News on Malakai Black and Other AEW Names Reportedly


Malakai Black reportedly wasn’t the only AEW talent that WWE recently felt about a potential return to the company.

According to fighter selection, the likes of Dax Harwood, Cash Wheeler and Swarve Strickland were also approached by the Triple H-led WWE Talent Relations department. In addition to Black, all three of those wrestlers were featured prominently in Triple H’s version of “NXT” a few years earlier.

Fightful also confirmed a previous report from The Wrestling Observer which said that Black had indicated to contacts in WWE that “he wished he was still there.” Although Black is effectively done with AEW, he is not eligible to “compete for WWE for an extended period”, possibly due to a non-compete clause in the “conditional release” given to him by AEW. .

As for other AEW talent hoping to return to WWE, according to Fightful’s sources, many AEW higher-ups are of a “if they want to go, let them go” mentality.

Finally, in addition to Black, Strickland and FTR, WWE reportedly reached out to another unnamed top AEW talent in August. The name supposedly “has been with the company from the beginning” and Fightful’s AEW sources were “shocked to learn” that WWE reached out to them.

Earlier this month, in the aftermath of the All Out Media scandal, AEW president Tony Khan slammed WWE for allegedly tampering with talent at his company, emphasizing that he “now wants to sit back and try this.” Wasn’t going to pick up the S-T.” Khan also addressed the teasing Chargers during a mandatory talent meet held in Chicago in the lead-up to the All Out pay-per-view. At the time, Dave Meltzer reported that AEW talent, whom WWE had contacted, contacted their attorneys, and notified WWE’s AEW management of their contact. In addition, AEW Chief Legal Officer Megha Parekh reportedly sent an email to WWE co-CEOs Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan to warn them of the consequences of contract tampering.

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