WWE/AEW News & Rumors For 1/16/2019

Details on Malakai Black & Other AEW Wrestlers Who Were Contacted By WWE

— Yesterday, a report surfaced from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Malakai Black was one of several AEW wrestlers who were not only contacted by WWE to gauge their interest in coming back, but who then approached AEW management about getting a release.

— Fightfulselect.com has more on this story, noting that another former WWE wrestler in AEW was contacted by WWE’s Talent Relations department but was referred to the wrestler’s attorney. The wrestler then informed AEW management that they were contacted by WWE. This is obviously a different wrestler than Black, who had reportedly told people close to him that he wished he was still in WWE. His time with AEW is done but a non-compete clause specifically as it pertains to WWE would prevent him from wrestling there for an extended period of time as several members of AEW management were under the impression that he wanted out of his deal to go back.

— The report states that Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood of FTR are two more wrestlers who were sent “feelers” to determine their interest in returning, however, these two have considerable time left on their AEW contracts. The tag team though has a significant history in WWE’s system working with Triple H and there were multiple attempts made by WWE to have them remain with the company but ultimately they chose to leave and join AEW. Another wrestler who is “widely known” to have been contacted by WWE is Swerve Strickland.

— Finally, the report stated that an AEW source has indicated that WWE reached out in August to a contracted AEW talent who had been with the company since the very beginning and while no name was mentioned, it was noted that it was a major surprise that WWE reached out to them.

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