Malakai Black joined AEW after WWE released Aleister Black from his contract. AEW didn’t take very long at all to sign him up, capitalizing on a clerical error on WWE’s part to get him 60 days sooner. Now Black is looking at what he wants out of his pro wrestling career.

While speaking to the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Black said that he and KENTA had limitations when they were trying to work out matches in WWE. He was facing Hideo Itami then, but now things would be a much different story. He also wants to face KENTA in NJPW, where he is most at home.

“One of the things I would really like is to compete against KENTA in Japan in his own setting. Not in a WWE oriented setting. Not that there was anything bad about it. But I would like to see what him and me could do without that environment, without people giving us cues and direction and basically just go ‘what do we really want to do?’ And that’s something I really want to have answered at some point.

“I think what he’s doing now, I think his work is phenomenal. I think he’s one of those dudes, he’s one of those once in a generation type of guys. He’s inspired a bunch of us, and like I said, he definitely inspired me. I think the role of him, as an athlete and as a human being, he’s always been a great guy.”


We’ll have to see if Malakai Black makes his way to NJPW. It’s not impossible to picture since AEW and NJPW have a good working relationship at this point. The future seems to be bright and very wide open for Malakai Black as he surveys the possibilities before him.

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