Malakai Black has provided an update on his status with AEW after it had been reported he was granted a conditional release from the company.
Taking to Instagram Live, Black said that reports about him being given a conditional release were "false," adding: "I don’t know why you trust these people to tell you the truth. Because it’s not true."
Black went on to say: "I’ve been given time off by Tony [Khan] to take care of a bunch of stuff. All this stuff was weeks ago. I posted that statement as a summary for you to understand why I'm taking some time off. It is in the statement. It’s mind boggling.
"I will see you guys in a couple of weeks, maybe a couple of months," he later added. "Like I said, I’m only taking some time off, that's it.
"I’m fine. I’m going to be fine. Everything’s fine. You’ll see me right back in AEW pretty soon. I’m just going to take some time, that’s it."
Black had posted a statement on Instagram last week confirming that he had asked for his release from AEW.
"I did indeed ask for my release, the last 2 years of my life have lended to a lot of setbacks," Black wrote.
"Both me and my wife (WWE's Zelina Vega) have been affected by uncontrollable actions from the outside that resulted in loss of life, medical setbacks, career jeopardizing, the suicide of a close friend and a close family member almost losing their life, then experiencing an injury that I was sure was the end of my career.
"I spend every week going through several sessions of rehab, dry needling and therapy just to be able to walk and compete. Now this being the tip of the iceberg and with the combination of the promises in my professional field that were not being upheld which resulted as a combination of all of these to a complete demoralization of life and career. This decision has been in my mind for the past six months.
"It's hard to really put a finger and say 'this was the moment it all went wrong.' But I can tell you after many years that I have learned from a rational point of view to see when I need to hit the breaks; which is what this is," Black continued.
"Perhaps once my mind settles on certain things and processes the last 2 years a bit better I will convey (via a different platform that written out) what the exacts were that happened, and have a more informed conversation about them. For now know that I am good, and am taking, for the first time in 22 years, a few months to recalibrate the last 2 decades of my life."
Black last wrestled for AEW at All Out earlier this month where he teamed with Brody King and Buddy Matthews against Miro, Sting, and Darby Allin.
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