Malakai Black hopes to see Samoa Joe and William Regal in NXT.
Joe and Regal were released by WWE earlier this month, ending their time as coaches and scouts at NXT and the WWE Performance Center. Joe made a brief in-ring comeback in August, winning the NXT Championship from Karrion Kross, but had to relinquish the title. He would continue to work as a scout for the company. Regal had been the on-screen General Manager of NXT as well as the WWE Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting.
Malakai Black worked extensively with William Regal during his time in WWE from 2016 to 2021.
Speaking to CBS Sports' Shakiel Mahjouri, Black weighed in on what Regal and Joe could potentially bring to AEW.
"In terms of Joe, whether that would be an in an active and competitive part or just someone who helps produce, I would welcome it. I actually spoke to Mr. Regal the day of and expressed my gratitude to him because there are a few people that I always went to, to filter my ideas and filter my process. Him and Terry Taylor are the two that always popped into my head whenever I tried to plan stuff, produce stuff, or think about stuff. He was a big part of that. He was the one that originally saw me back in the UK in PROGRESS and he made it all happen. I owe a lot, if not almost anything, in terms of my mainstream success to William Regal. He is a credit to the business in any shape or way. Whatever he decides to do, I hope he realizes he's very respected, very loved, and that if he were to make that decision, if that were the direction, the business would be better for it. There are none more equipped to learn from than William Regal," he said.
Black gained a new member in the House of Black on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite when Brody King officially joined him in the group.
You can find Regal's statement on his WWE release by clicking here.
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