That’s a miscue. There are a lot of moving parts to WWE and several of them take place behind the scenes. While a lot of the focus is on what you see in front of the camera, there is a bunch of stuff going on elsewhere to keep the promotion working. At some point there are going to be some mistakes though and one of those took place in a pretty big way this week.

The big story on this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite was the debut of Malakai Black, formerly known as Aleister Black. This comes just over a month after Black was released from WWE on June 2, or thirty five days later. WWE’s standard no compete clauses are ninety days for main roster wrestlers, meaning that something was up. It turns out to be something kind of embarrassing.

According to, Black was under the thirty day no compete clause for NXT wrestlers instead of the ninety day version. This was due to a clerical error when Black moved up to the main roster in 2019, as the length of the no compete clause was never changed. There is no word on if this is the case for any other released WWE wrestlers other than Black.

The sooner, the better. Check out some other WWE contract blunders:

Bayley backs away from contract signing with Sasha Banks: SmackDown, Oct. 16, 2020

Team Cena vs. Team Authority Survivor Series contract signing: Raw, November 17, 2014

The WEE-LC Contract Signing for Extreme Rules: SmackDown, May 2, 2014

Opinion: This is the kind of thing that makes WWE look horrible, though at the same time I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes. Black was going to wind up somewhere else one day and now it is just two months earlier. It was a nice surprise moment, but this is more embarrassing for WWE than anything else. Either way, we got a pretty cool moment and that is always a good thing.

What do you think of the debut? How bad did the error make WWE look? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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