Malakai Black has been removed from the lineup for Friday's Northeast Wrestling show.
NEW posted to social media on Wednesday that Black was off the event "due to health issues." He had been scheduled to face Matt Taven. The promotion has booked Jay Lethal and nZo as replacements.
"Due to health issues @malakaiblxck will not be appearing for @northeastwrestling @mvscrappers this Friday night at Eastwood Field in #nilesohio
Replacing him are @aew star @thelethaljay & @real1 fka NZO!!" NEW wrote on Instagram.
After his All Out match on Sunday, Black took a bow and blew a kiss to the fans. While this did not air on the pay-per-view, many have speculated it was Black saying goodbye to AEW and its fans. Tony Khan then offered no comment on Black's status with the company during the post-event scrum.
"I'm not sure, I can't comment on that, though. That was for the live fans and it definitely got some people talking, so it is a thing that happened but no I can't comment on that," Khan said.
It has since been reported that some in AEW believe Black has been granted a conditional release from the company.
Northeast Wrestling presents Wrestling Under the Stars on Friday, September 9 from Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. The lineup for the show is as follows:
- John Morrison vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
- Penta Oscuro vs. Derek Dillenger
- Jerry Lawler vs. Man Dime Elijah Dean
- Cole Karter vs. Spencer Slade
- Ray Lyn vs. Katie Arquette
- Bill Collier vs. Jaxon Argus
- Ricky Starks, Erick Redbeard, nZo, and Jay Lethal are scheduled to appear