Malakai 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 2021 and starting a new feud with Big E, Black was released by WWE. He also revealed which WWE Superstars helped him during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic took over the entire world back in 2020 and brought the world to a complete standstill. This affected the pro wrestling world as well, including WWE.

While speaking on The Universal Wrestling Podcast, Malakai Black talked about dealing with the pandemic during the early days. Black revealed that Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins helped him a lot during the pandemic.

“You know I have to give a special thanks to both Seth [Rollins] and Kevin [Owens] because they held my head up high during those times of like complete confusion. Seth was also someone who was there for me with a lot of advice and a lot of like knowledge and a lot of like, try this angle, try that, tell me about this. So, if you think about your character what would you do this way what would but you know he really made think. Ya know because Seth is a lot smarter than people realize he is in this business. People like don’t understand how long he’s been on top because I don’t care what people think. That guy’s been a top player for the man for almost like a decade. He’s been a high profile guy even from his NXT days, he was a high profile player there to being a high profile player on the mat. He’s so smart.


The same goes for Kevin. In those last few matches right before I, ya know, rang the door and basically said ‘boss, we need to have a conversation because what the hell is happening?’, Kevin would check on me every single week because he knew what was going on and he knew that it wasn’t right and he knew that, what was being presented and what I was promised versus what I was given would flip-flop literally every Monday and it drove me insane. Like, it drove me insane because I was just like what’s going on? But again, reflection of that, Kevin would like check on me every single week after TV or like basically go ‘hey man, penny for your thoughts and just know I understand that this is not the easy part’ and he’d say this is the frustrating part. But ya know, trying to keep my morale high but I think commonly, I think we all try to keep each other’s morale high because it was…yeah, it was a pretty grim kind of phase in the whole universe.”

Malakai Black is currently part of The House Of Black and is feuding with Death Triangle on AEW television. We’ll have to see how their feud will be booked in the coming weeks.

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