Aleister Black debuted for AEW about a month after he was released from WWE. That was a huge shock for fans who thought it would be another 60 days, at least, until he was seen anywhere. The answer to how this happened is quite interesting.
PW Insider reported that WWE failed to change Aleister Black’s contract when he moved up from NXT. All this time he was listed as having a 30 day non-compete clause instead of a 90 day non-compete clause.
WWE NXT Superstars are given a 30 day time period where they cannot debut or work for another pro wrestling company. Main roster superstars are under a 90-day time period. This was described as a “bad clerical error” that allowed Aleister Black to debut in AEW far before anyone ever expected.
So, what can only be described as a bad clerical error allowed End to be free and clear in time for the first episode of AEW Dynamite on the road and surprise everyone.
Now many are wondering what other talent might have similar clerical errors in their contracts. That is a very interesting idea because Aleister Black was called up to the main roster along with Ricochet, so he was on RAW and SmackDown for a while. Now he is in AEW and it was quite a surprise for fans in Miami.
What’s your take on this clerical error on WWE’s part? Sound off in the comments!