Malakai Black is keeping his ties to "The Icon" even after his deal with AEW has run out.
The House of Black member took to social media and posted a clip of an independent appearance along with a comment that many are relating to reports regarding his AEW deal expiring and his time with the company coming to an end.
"This is not goodbye, this is see you soon," Black said at the indy appearance, with the quote from Sting's retirement speech at his WWE Hall of Fame induction being used as the quote to accompany the video clip on his Twitter page.
The full statement Black made at the Prestige Wrestling: Perseverance show reads as follows:
“Wow, a wire [attached to the microphone]. This really is an indie show. I’m joking, I love it here. Look, on a real note, I understand that all of you have questions. What am I doing? Where am I going? Look… on a serious note, understand that in due time, I will answer the majority of these questions. However, for the last 22 years of my life, I have never not once taken one step back and recalibrated my life and took a chance to kind of look back on all of the stuff that I’ve done in-ring but also the stuff I went through outside of the ring. I’ve never done that because I always had this attitude of like, you know when they give these horses these flaps to the sides of their heads where they can’t look to the sides? Blinders, there we go. I’m Dutch. I don’t know the word for that as well as my English is guys [Black laughed]. Look, I’ve done that for my entire professional career because I had this one attitude towards wrestling which was you gotta think globally, not locally because if you think locally, you’re gonna get stuck in one place, right? So that applies to everything by the way. If you wanna branch out, you gotta not be worried about the little things. You gotta focus on the goal and as cliché as that sounds, it’s what got me here in the United States. So for the 22 years that I’ve given my absolute everything to you who are more than deserving of it. Let me put that out there, you’ve all been fantastic. Please allow me to take a few weeks, maybe a few months to just re-calibrate myself, get everything in perspective. I promise you this is not goodbye. This is just we’ll see each other soon… and while I embark on this illustrious mission of mine to find myself in a way that I like life again, I know that the independent scene and wrestling scene in general are in good hands because of talents like this young lady here [Kidd Bandit]. Kidd, I don’t know what you’re made of but I just hit you with some of the hardest strikes I’ve ever given, you’re still standing — well I mean, you’re laying down but you get the point. Your eyes are still open so, it doesn’t matter who you are. You are a professional athlete in my book and I thank you for this match.”
Check out the footage below. H/T to POST Wrestling for transcribing the above quotes.
— DOUKI Love Blog (@hellawretched) September 18, 2022