The former Aleister Black, as he was known in WWE, made his AEW debut on Wednesday’s Road Rager episode of Dynamite in Miami. His debut shocked the wrestling world, as it occurred just over a month after he was released from WWE.
Usually when a wrestler is released from their WWE contract there is a 90-Day non-compete clause which prohibits them from appearing on television or pay-per-view for any other wrestling promotion. As we saw on this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite: Road Rager from Miami, this wasn’t the case for Aleister Black, now going by the ring-name Malakai Black.
According to a report from PWInsider, the reason that Black was able to make his debut with AEW only a month after his WWE release, is because of a clerical error that was made internally within WWE when he was called up from NXT to the main roster.
PWInsider.com is told that back when Tommy End was moved to the main WWE roster several years ago, the company failed to update his contract from the standard 30 day non-compete that NXT level talents receive to the 90 day non-compete that main roster performers are given. 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.
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