Despite WWE’s remorse for releasing him and their attempts to get him to stay with the company, it looks like Aleister Black (Tommy End) is headed elsewhere
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer answered a reader question on Black and whether WWE can just keep him since he’s still under a non-compete. Meltzer stated that Black is officially released so if they want him back they would have to negotiate a new deal with him. Legally, WWE has exclusive rights to negotiate with him until the end of his non-compete in late August/early September.
“They would have to re-sign him…like with Drake Maverick, they did have to re-sign him. Given that he went back to NXT and rather than the main roster makes me think that they probably re-signed him for less money because I know that a lot of guys over the years have then been offered new contracts for far less money and very few of them go back. Maybe they’ll give [Aleister] the same money….everyone’s different, everyone has different wants. Unofficially because you’re not allowed to negotiate, I certainly have heard at one point not many days ago that to expect him in AEW. Officially there’s no deal, there can’t be a deal until the end of August so we’ll see. [WWE does] have exclusive rights to negotiate with him right now as far as legally goes. They could offer less money and if he agrees, he can come back. They can offer the same money, they can offer more money but he is not bound to have to come back. He is released so it has to be all in negotiations.”
It will be interesting to see if Black is paired up with Thea Trinidad (former WWE star Zelina Vega). On last week’s AEW Dynamite, Andrade El Idolo said that he and Vickie Guerrero had a surprise. That led to speculation that he was referring to Trinidad, who happens to be Black’s real-life wife.
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