AEW signed Shawn Spears, Dustin Rhodes, and Jake Hager after WWE released them. Kenta was granted his release as well and New Japan Pro Wrestling is really giving him a huge spotlight. WWE doesn’t want to make this a continuing trend, but they might not shut down every release request.
We previously reported via Brad Shepard that WWE might be ending their “firing freeze” policy in certain circumstances. Dave Meltzer went on to say in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE might grant releases as long as there isn’t an imminent threat that they will benefit All Elite Wrestling.
However, it was noted that they may be giving releases to some people with the idea they don’t believe they would be going to AEW, or if they do, wouldn’t help them, and it is possible he will get his release
Sin Cara requested his release from the company and they said no. WWE also apparently turned down Mike Kanellis, Luke Harper, The Revival, and Sasha Banks’ requests to quit the company.
Now Banks has re-signed a new deal, but Kanellis, Harper, and The Top Guys might still be out. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with Sin Cara, but obviously WWE doesn’t want anyone to help benefit AEW.