Malakai Black: There Has To Be A Middle Ground When It Comes To WWE Non-Compete Clauses
Black recently debuted on AEW Dynamite
Malakai Black has weighed into the debate surrounding non-compete clauses, having recently been subject to one by WWE.
Black was released by WWE in early June but a reported clerical error meant he was subject to a 30-day non-compete clause instead of the usual 90 days that WWE main roster talent are asked to serve.
The 36-year-old made his debut on AEW Dynamite last week, attacking Arn Anderson and Cody Rhodes.
President Joe Biden recently discussed non-compete clauses and said he wanted to ban or restrict them from being used, and when asked by a fan on Twitch about President Biden's comments, Black said: "There is a middle ground.
"From a business point of view, I understand having a non-compete. As a person who works on TV, I understand that they want separation between you going from one place to another. I get that. Do I think it needs to be three months? No. That's the standard contract.
"Obviously, with me, you guys know what happened. Something definitely needs to change and maybe there needs to be better prior notice. One of the things that I don't think is completely accurate is 'hey, today we decided to do that and we'll follow up on it.' I think you need a little more notice, but it's a different process.
"The WWE is not a normal company. They kind of make the rules themselves. That's where I think [Joe] Biden is trying to make a change where they have all the pros and you have all the cons. I understand the need for change on multiple levels and I also understand that there needs to be a middle ground and that there needs to be spacing in between. They still pay you when you're no longer working for them for the duration of your non-compete."