Malakai Black addresses rumors of his health and AEW release

Malakai Black addresses rumors of his health and AEW release


It was previously reported that Malakai Black had been given parole from All Elite Wrestling.

Black spoke about his future during Prestige Wrestling’s “Perseverance” show on Saturday night. Now, Black has released the following statement to address some of his career rumors:


First of all thank you for your messages, know that they are read and appreciated. With all the turmoil going on in the Professional Wrestling landscape, I took time to ponder my words, but also had to wait for the conversations between mine and AEW’s camp to come to an end.

First, I don’t like to read parts of my private conversations between myself and AEW regarding my mental well-being on the internet. These conversations were private and not intended to be shared with the public. Because most people realize by now that I’m a very private person and I don’t feel the need to put stuff like this on the internet. If you’ve been following me for more than a cup of coffee, you know I’ve talked about them before, but I’d love to be the one to decide when this will make its way to the public and not through someone else’s mouth, like everything else through the lips of another: that story is distorted.

Second, to be consistent with the above, they also need context:

I have indeed asked for my release, the last 2 years of my life have given me many setbacks. Both me and my wife have been affected by uncontrollable outside actions that have resulted in loss of life, medical setbacks, endangering their careers, the suicide of a close friend and close family member who nearly lost their life, and then got an injury that was definitely the end of my career. I spend every week doing several sessions of rehabilitation, dry needling and therapy just to be able to run and compete. Now this is the tip of the iceberg and with the combination of the promises in my professional field that were not fulfilled resulting as a combination of all these to a complete demoralization of life and career. This decision had been in my head for six months.

It’s hard to really lift a finger and say, “This was when it all went wrong.” But can tell you after many years that from a rational point of view I have learned to see when to hit the breaks; that’s what this is.

Perhaps once my mind has settled on certain things and processes from the past 2 years, a little better (via a different platform than written) will convey what the exact things were that happened, and have a more informed conversation about it.

Now know that I am good and that for the first time in 22 years I am taking a few months to recalibrate the last 2 decades of my life.

Finally, I’ve read a few stories online related to my “release”, mental health, and my personal life that I can quickly summarize; if it didn’t come from me, it didn’t happen. Things about parole, things in my marriage, or using that sanity to use the other when that part, as said before, wouldn’t be part of the public conversation, are false. My marriage is okay, I’m okay. It’s just time to make sure those things stay that way.

Again, appreciate your support and we’ll see each other soon enough.




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