Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made several headlines when the news broke that they had rejected WWE contract offers. It looks like they could be leaving WWE, but the company might not let them go so easily. Vince McMahon doesn’t like the idea that people are wanting to leave WWE.
WWE was going around a few weeks ago and offering big contracts for Superstars who would be willing to re-sign right now. This could be a tactic in order to secure talent before they have even more leverage to command a higher price tag.
It should be noted that Dean Ambrose was especially irritated when the idea was brought up during contract negotiations that he was trying to use AEW to leverage more money from WWE.
Anderson and Gallows aren’t being used on television and they are currently not being booked for house shows either. Their WWE contracts are up in September which still gives plenty of time for the company to make another offer. However, they rejected the company’s first pass at signing them to new deals.
Dave Meltzer discussed this on Wrestling Observer Radio where he heavily alluded to the fact that Anderson and Gallows could already have a destination in mind in the form of AEW.
“It’s not a secret that there’s a spot for tag teams to be pushed to main even levels somewhere else and Gallows and Anderson are friends with those guys.”
It was noted that if AEW wasn’t around, WWE wouldn’t be talking to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson about signing new contracts for a couple more months. After all, their WWE contracts aren’t up until September.
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It was also said that when push comes to shove, WWE will still likely want anyone who rejected their initial offers. As AEW picks up steam, then any WWE Superstar’s leverage will certainly go up as well.
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