Malakai Black has been feuding with Cody Rhodes for most of his time in All Elite Wrestling. Black also wrestled Dante Martin on the October 16 episode of Dynamite. It turns out Malakai personally requested a match with Dante.

Talking to The Five Count, Malakai said he hand-picked Dante Martin as an opponent. He also listed Will Hobbs as somebody he’d like to wrestle in the future. He gushed about Martin’s potential and said he tried to bring out something special in the young star.

“I would love to be against Hobbs because I think he’s a guy that has a lot of potential, very much a diamond in the rough individual. He has all the skills, he just needs to come into his own. It’s [like] with what I did with Dante Martin. I requested to work with Dante because I felt I could bring something out of him, could show the world something about Dante, and Dante could learn something about himself and about the structure of matches that he didn’t know prior before that.

Doing that for a guy that, I wouldn’t say in the twilight, but I’m 36. If I have another good 10 years left, that’s great, but while I’m still being built, it’s important for me to build others. By me building others and building stars in the company, the company grows stronger. There is going to be a business after me and I need to help the business after me.”

Malakai Black joined AEW over the summer after being released by WWE in June. His ongoing storyline with Cody Rhodes will continue at Saturday’s Full Gear pay-per-view. Black will team up with Andrade El Idolo to take on Cody and Pac in a tag team match. The complete Full Gear card is listed below.


Kenny Omega vs “Hangman” Adam Page


Britt Baker vs Tay Conti


Lucha Bros vs FTR

Pac & Cody Rhodes vs Andrade El Idolo & Malakai Black

MJF vs Darby Allin

Inner Circle vs American Top Team (Ethan Page, Scorpio Sky, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, and Dan Lambert) – Minneapolis Street Fight

Bryan Danielson vs Miro – #1 Contender match

Nyla Rose & Jamie Hayter vs Thunder Rosa & Hikaru Shida – Buy-In

What do you think of Malakai Black since his arrival in AEW? Let us know in the comments!

Thanks to Fightful for the transcription!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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