Aleister Black was absent from WWE television for quite a few months as creative had no plans for him. Despite making a return on Friday Night Smackdown back in May and starting a new feud with Big E, Black was released by WWE. Then he showed up in AEW prior to any 90-day non-compete clause ending, because he only had a 30-day non-compete clause thanks to a clerical error on WWE’s part.
Aleister Black previously detailed how the last two years of his time in WWE were like a slow death and he had a lot of trouble dealing with WWE Creative on numerous aspects. After his AEW debut, he now goes by the name Malakai Black.
Malakai Black has been on a path of destruction since his debut, as he defeated the likes of Cody Rhodes and the entire Nightmare Family. He is still feuding with the Rhodes family and even aligned himself with Andrade El Idolo.
While speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience podcast, Jim Cornette talked about Malakai Black’s booking in AEW. Cornette criticized AEW for taking the aura off of his character due to his alliance with Andrade El Idolo.
“It takes all the aura off of Malakai Black’s whole racter, who is a spooky, strange person when he is aligning himself with, you know, on a friendly basis or even just a civil basis with heels or babyfaces. He should be a loner guy.”
We will have to wait and see how AEW will continue to book Malakai Black and whether he will eventually end his alliance with Andrade El Idolo, as fans simply want to see Black become a more mysterious character again.