Dave Meltzer has indicated that the situation surrounding Malakai Black is a wider policy in AEW at the moment with Tony Khan apparently not granting releases.
Malakai Black was believed to be done with AEW after apparently kissing goodbye to the fans following All Out amid reports that he had both requested and been granted his release from the company.
Black has now strongly refuted those claims and says that he could be back in AEW in a matter of weeks or months as he takes some time away from the ring.
Now speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has given an insight into AEW’s current policy regarding releases and says despite recent rumours, nobody is going:
“Nobody’s getting released. That’s the doctrine, Tony Khan made it very clear I guess in the last couple of days. And so now, [Black’s] not being released, Buddy Matthews isn’t being released. Now they may be back sooner than before but that’s the situation.”
“You know what the situation is, they were wanting to go and you know trying to get a way out and that was the decision that was made. I mean, it’s not to say it’s hard and fast and it’s no way they’ll ever give anybody a release but I think it’s pretty much the deal that if happened in the other company would these people get releases and the answer is no and they signed the contract so they basically now their option is to sit at home and [Khan] can extend the contract if they sit at home, or wrestle. So now they’re gonna have to wrestle.”
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