As we reported on Wednesday night here on eWn, former WWE Superstar Tommy “Aleister Black” End made his official AEW debut under the ring name of “Malakai Black”
According to a report from Pwinsider, Black only had a 30 day non-compete clause despite being on the main WWE roster. As we’ve been reporting, most WWE NXT talent are currently under 30 day non-compete clauses, while main roster talent (RAW/SmackDown) are under 90 day non-compete clauses. When Black was moved to the main roster, WWE failed to update his contract to a 90 day non-compete clause and that’s the reason he was able to debut on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite.
As of this writing, it is unknown whether other talent have similar clerical errors but if they do, that would mean they’d be able to debut for AEW, Impact Wrestling, ROH, etc. much faster.
Also, AEW is already selling an official t-shirt for Black. You can check that out below:
Official Malakai Black Tee
— ShopAEW.com (@ShopAEW) July 8, 2021