Rumors have been swirling about release rumors for Malakai Black as of late, ahead of the House of Black’s showdown against Miro, Sting, and Darby Allin at Sunday’s All Out Zero Hour Kickoff show. It should be noted that while the rumors of a release have been floated, the leader of the House of Black has four years left on his current deal and no release has been granted.
Raj Giri posted a report noting that Black had asked for his release from the company, citing “concerns about his mental health due to personal life and demoralization due to the booking and handling of his character.” Pwinsider followed up with a report from sources close to Black that said “there is a personal situation that has been affecting him strongly and that he’s privately discussed taking a long and potentially permanent break from wrestling so he can deal with the situation.”
Fightful Select reports that representatives from AEW have shot down reports that Black has been released as “completely false.” There has been a rumor among the AEW roster that Black was unhappy but they were unable to report on the reason why without confirming it. They have also not confirmed that Black has asked for his release, though some sources outside the company had indicated such. Those within the company said that Black wasn’t happy but said they believed the situation had been smoothed over to some level.