WWE likes to make sure they have as much talent as they can and at this point they might just want to keep anyone else from having great workers as well.
It was reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE approached a few guys who had already signed contracts with MLW interestingly enough after the company secured a television deal for their company.
“According to legal papers sent, the talent advised MLW of the offers and told WWE they were signed, but WWE told the wrestlers they should still come to a tryout and be around the system.”
This is much different from WWE’s usual tactics of avoiding tampering at all costs.
MLW signed their talent for multiple year contracts and it was noted that the signing of MJF to Major League Wrestling might have been a key to this move from WWE.