It looks like Buddy Matthews is leaving All Elite Wrestling for the time being.
According to a report from Fightful, sources familiar with the situation say the finish of the No DQ match between the House of Black vs. Sting and Darby Allin on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam was done as a way to write Matthews off of AEW television.
The finish of that match saw The Great Muta come out to assist Sting. The Japanese legend hit Matthews with his trademark Green Mist, which allowed Sting to hit Matthews with his Scorpion Deathdrop finisher to pick up the win. There have been reports that Matthews hasn’t been happy with his situation in AEW for several months now.
One source said they believed this past Friday night’s episode of AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam marked Matthews’ “last night” with AEW. As of this writing, that is not confirmed.
During a “Fight Life Pro Wrestling” indie event over the weekend, Matthews appeared to address his situation with AEW. He cut a promo during the show, saying the following:
“Unfortunately, tonight, I’m going to be the bearer of some unfortunate news. As everyone knows, the House of Black has had some issues lately. As all the members of the house, I speak beyond the wall, we want to thank you all for being members of the house. Unfortunately, I, like some of the other members, need to go away for a while. I need to recalibrate. I need to figure out some things. As my brother Malakai once said, this isn’t goodbye, this is see you later.”
It was reported earlier this month here on eWn that Malakai Black was granted a “conditional release” from AEW. It is rumored that one of the conditions of his release is that he can’t work for WWE “for quite some time.” In a recent statement posted to his Instagram, Black said he was going to take “a few months to recalibrate the last 2 decades of my life.”
Buddy Matthews signed with AEW in early 2022, debuting back in February.