Malakai Black Asks For Time To 'Recalibrate Himself' Following Prestige Wrestling Bout

Malakai Black addresses his future.

On September 7, Fightful Select reported that the word among AEW talent was Malakai Black obtained his release, which was conditional according to AEW sources, from the company. Black reportedly requested his release in August, but it was not granted at the time.

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Black competed at AEW All Out, teaming with Brody King & Buddy Matthews in a loss to Darby Allin, Sting, & Miro. After the match, in an off-camera moment, Black bowed and blew a kiss to the crowd. Tony Khan gave a "no comment" when asked about Malakai's status with the company at the All Out media scrum.

Following his match at Prestige Wrestling Perserverance on September 17, Black addressed the crowd.

"I understand all of you have questions. What am I doing, where am I going? On a serious note, understand that in due time, I will answer the majority of these questions. However, for the last 22 years of my life, I have never not once taken one step back and recalibrated my life and took a chance to look back at all the stuff I've done in-ring but the stuff I've done out of the ring. I've never done that because I always had this attitude of [horse blinders]. I've done that for my entire professional career because I had this one attitude towards wrestling that you have to think globally, not locally. If you think locally, you get stuck in one place. That applies to everything. If you want to branch out, you have to focus on the little thing. As cliche as that sounds, it's what got me here to the United States. For the 22 years that I've given my absolute everything, please allow me to take a few weeks, maybe a few months, to recalibrate myself and put it in perspective. I promise you this is not goodbye, it's 'we'll see each other soon,'" he said.

It is unknown when Malakai will return to the ring. House of Black has continued in AEW without him as Matthews & King will team up against Sting & Allin at AEW Rampage Grand Slam.

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