Real Reason why Aleister Black was able to appear on AEW just a month after release

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|Published 09/07/2021

Real Reason why Aleister Black was able to appear on AEW just a month after release. Most released superstars have to undergo a 90-day no compete clause.

WWE have been on a cost cutting spree that has seen several stars on the chopping block. Some shocking names include Braun Strowman and Aleister Black. The latter is now part of the AEW roster as Malakai Black. But how did he make his debut so early into his release?


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WWE Supertstars that have parted ways with the promotion usually undergo a 90-day no-compete clause. However, Black had only been released last month. Therefore, to see him on AEW’s first show with a crowd surprised many and it seems that AEW fans have an error by the WWE to thank for it.

Real Reason why Aleister Black was able to appear on AEW just a month after release

According to  PWInsider, WWE never updated Black’s contract even after his move from NXT to the main roster. This meant that unlike other main roster talents who are subject to the 90-day no compete clause, Black only had the standard 30 day non-compete that NXT level talents receive.

This clerical error from the WWE allowed Black to make his AEW right on time for the first episode of AEW Dynamite on the road.

His wife Zelina Vega, who has now returned to the WWE, supported her husband online, writing:

“I couldn’t be prouder”


It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Malakai Black in AEW. Fans will surely watch his progress with bated breath. The former NXT Champion is one of the best wrestlers on the planet and will surely be a fantastic addition to the promotion.

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Archie Blade

Archie Blade

Archie is a WWE and UFC Editor/Author at the SportsRush. Like most combat sports enthusiasts, his passion for watching people fight began with WWE when he witnessed a young Brock Lesnar massacre Hulk Hogan back in 2002. This very passion soon branched out to boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the years he fell in love with the theatrics that preceded the bell and the poetic carnage that followed after. Each bruise a story to tell, each wound a song of struggle, his greatest desire is to be there to witness it all. His favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels and he believes that GSP is the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Apart from wrestling, he is also fond of poetry and music.

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