Malakai Black, one of the most enigmatic figures in professional wrestling, has recently returned to the forefront of the industry as one-third of the World Trios Champions in AEW. However, just a few months ago, his future in both AEW and professional wrestling was in doubt.

Last September, Black took a hiatus from the company, leading to rampant speculation about his future. Rumors swirled that Black had requested his release from AEW, which he denied, revealing that he had simply asked for time off due to personal matters. However, the constant speculation took its toll on Black and his wife Zelina Vega, who spoke out about the need for privacy during these trying times.

While speaking to “Out Of Character with Ryan Satin,” Vega revealed that “nobody will ever know the story” of what led to Black’s hiatus. She emphasized that anything related to her, Black, or their relationship would always remain private.

Vega also admitted that the constant online discourse at the time bothered her, but they found solace in shutting out the outside world and focusing on their relationship when they were home together.


Black’s hiatus also coincided with that of Buddy Matthews, leading to even more speculation about the House of Black faction. Matthews claimed he had to “go away for a while,” leading to rumors about his future as well. However, since their return, the House of Black has been enjoying their best run as a faction, showcasing their place in the AEW landscape.

As Black and his faction continue to make their mark in AEW, it is important to remember that even the biggest stars in professional wrestling are human and face personal challenges that may require time off from the industry.

What are your thoughts on Malakai Black’s hiatus from AEW and the need for privacy during personal struggles in the wrestling industry? Leave a comment.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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