Tony Khan reportedly won’t grant contractual releases, Malakai Black says he did not receive a conditional release

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

AEW executive Tony Khan has decided against granting contractual releases to those who have requested to be let out of their deals, according to Dave Meltzer of In related news, Malakai Black, who recently confirmed that he asked for his release, took to Instagram to dispute reports that he was granted a conditional release and added that he could return to AEW soon.

Powell’s POV: I have mixed feelings on Khan’s decision. He has every right to enforce the contracts. That part is indisputable. At the same time, if a highly paid talent who isn’t living up to the company’s investment is disgruntled and wants out, releasing said wrestler would be an easy way for Khan to save money and perhaps improve the locker room atmosphere. Just to be clear, that’s a general statement and is not meant to suggest in any way that Black hasn’t lived up to the company’s investment in him or that he’s been an issue in the locker room.

House of Black members Buddy Matthews and Brody King have also indicated via social media that they are not leaving AEW. Black also stated that he’s actually received death threats from fans who were upset over reports that he had been granted his release from AEW. Seriously, people, seek mental help if you are this upset by the thought of a wrestler potentially leaving a company.



Readers Comments (2)

  1. Gonna be hilarious to watch all the AEW Stan’s bend over backwards to defend Tony here when they did nothing but chastise Vince for years every-time he didn’t release someone that wanted out.

  2. “Black also stated that he’s actually received death threats from fans”

    Some people can be tough behind a keyboard, while Black would kick the head off of their shoulders in real life. Smh some people are pathetic.

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