Malakai Black Weighs In On WWE Non-Compete Clauses, Believes There Is A Middle Ground

Malakai Black, formerly Aleister Black in WWE, made a surprise appearance on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, debuting by attacking Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes.

Black was released by WWE on June 2 and it was believed that he had a 90-day non-compete clause, but due to a reported clerical error, only had a 30-day non-compete clause.

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When asked by a fan on Twitch about President Joe Biden wanting to ban or restrict non-compete clauses, Black gave the following response.

"There is a middle ground. From a business point of view, I understand having a non-compete. As a person who works on TV, I understand that they want separation between you going from one place to another. I get that. Do I think it needs to be three months? No. That's the standard contract. Obviously, with me, you guys know what happened. Something definitely needs to change and maybe there needs to be better prior notice. One of the things that I don't think is completely accurate is 'hey, today we decided to do that and we'll follow up on it.' I think you need a little more notice, but it's a different process. The WWE is not a normal company. They kind of make the rules themselves. That's where I think [Joe] Biden is trying to make a change where they have all the pros and you have all the cons. I understand the need for change on multiple levels and I also understand that there needs to be a middle ground and that there needs to be spacing in between. They still pay you when you're no longer working for them for the duration of your non-compete," he said.

Buddy Murphy recently revealed to Fightful that WWE thought his non-compete was only for 30 days and called him in a "panic" over it. You can find Murphy's comments by clicking here.

In a previous Twitch stream, Black discussed his AEW debut. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

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