A current star in AEW says they didn’t want to take a break following All Out but due to a situation with their teammates, they were forced to.
Some stars of AEw were forced to take a break from the company following All Out for their part in the alleged backstage fight that took place after the event. Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and CM Punk were all suspended for their part in the brawl with The Elite only returning to AEW television at Full Gear in November.
However, something else was brewing at All Out as Miro, Darby Allin, and Sting defeated The House of Black in a trios match. Following the bout, Malakai Black took a bow for the fans in attendance with many believing he was on his way out of AEW and likely headed back to WWE.
That, of course, didn’t happen and Black later revealed that he had originally asked for his AEW release but said he wasn’t granted it and was taking some time out. The House of Black’s Buddy Matthews also indicated that he was looking to take some time away, leaving Brody King and Julia Hart forced into a hiatus while things worked themselves out.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions, Brody King discussed the situation at the time and explained why he didn’t want to be on a break following All Out:
“I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to take a break. I felt like I had a lot of momentum at the time. Not just that, but I felt like I was really getting in my groove in AEW and showing who Brody King the professional wrestler was.”
“I got to wrestle Darby (Allin) twice, I got to wrestle Jon (Moxley), I feel those three matches really put me on the map where people were like, ‘he’s just Malakai’s sidekick,’ to ‘Oh sh*t, he’s a threat.’ Those are the moments I was waiting for. It was never me questioning if I could do it, it was when I could do it. I feel it all came at the right time, and I was worried about taking the momentum away.”
The whole House of Black group returned to AEW television on the November 23rd edition of Dynamite, taking out the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy as well as The Factory. According to King, he was pleased with the response the group got from the fans:
“We made this return and it was awesome and the whole crowd was standing on their feet and it was almost like we didn’t miss a step. I feel that rare in wrestling because fans are so, I don’t want to say fickle, but they forget about you quickly. For them to give us that reception was awesome.”