Malakai Black has discussed pitching his AEW debut to Tony Khan just 72 hours before he turned up in AEW and kicked the head off Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes.
Black was released from his WWE contract on the 2nd of June alongside a handful of other WWE Superstars. It soon emerged however that a “clerical error” led to the former Aleister Black only being bound to a 30 day non-compete clause rather than the standard 90 days.
Now speaking to Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Malakai Black has discussed the process of getting his debut in the company in place and how despite having time to plan what he’d like to do, the only contact with the company came close to the last minute:
“My contract was up three days before my debut, and obviously, there was no direct contact between myself and Tony [Khan] at the time, until the contract was done. I presented him with an idea. I said, ‘Look, I know you have the show on Wednesday. This is what I want to present to you. This is how I feel. This is what I think,’ and he said, ‘Let’s give it a go.’ He got really excited about it, as Tony does.”
“The phrase ‘let’s f*cking go’ came up a couple of times. I think that Tony is just a really good judge of character with stuff, and he understands to let the professionals do their thing and I feel that there’s a very big mutual respect between me and Tony. Obviously, Tony is no stranger to the world of wrestling, and he had seen what I’d done previously and he liked it. And then with some discretions he said, ‘Alright, let’s pull the trigger on this.’ There wasn’t a lot of time for it to kind of get out.”
“I had this idea in my head from the second I transitioned back to being a free agent, basically. I had this idea in my head of what I wanted to do, and I was like, well, the only platform that I feel is fit for this is AEW. Even though we had literally three days to finalize it, I had about 27, 26 days to kind of write this whole thing out, map this whole thing out, talk to several people, bouncing off ideas, coming up with this idea. I just presented this entire ball of information to Tony, and Tony just absorbed it and was like, ‘Yeah, I love it. Let’s give it a go and we’ll see where it ends.’ The rest is history because obviously, it was a big success.”
Malakai Black has taken out the entire Nightmare Family in his time in AEW and defeated Cody Rhodes for a second time at AEW Grand Slam in New York.