AEW Full Gear 2022: Major Act Backstage Ahead Of Return

AEW brought this soon-to-return act to town for Full Gear 2022.

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House Of Black might not have appeared on-camera at Full Gear 2022 (19 November), but the full stable was backstage ahead of their inevitable AEW comebacks.

Fightful Select reported prior to the show that House Of Black was in Newark, New Jersey for Full Gear. It was initially reported that Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews were present, though the outlet later learned that the full stable, completed by Brody King and Julia Hart, was on site.

One of the most prominent stables in AEW they may be, but House Of Black have been inactive for several months. Malakai last wrestled for the promotion at All Out 2022 (4 September), where the trio was defeated by Miro, Darby Allin, and Sting, while King, Matthews, and Hart were last seen for the House's Grand Slam (21 September) loss to Allin and Sting. The ensuing months have been rife with departure rumours, specifically revolving around Matthews and Black, who was reported to have secured a conditional AEW release at one stage.


Now, it appears the House is on the way back. Recent weeks have brought vignettes hyping the group's seemingly imminent comeback. Full Gear passed by without them showing up, however.

AEW sources have informed Fightful that the company is in a "better place" with Malakai specifically. Black has denied requesting his release from the promotion, stating instead that he was taking time off to recalibrate.

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