All Elite Wrestling opened their doors and promised to change the way the industry does business. They signed top stars from the indies and allowed them to finish out their obligations. Now the company is on TNT every week and Dynamite is getting a focus.
Fightful Select reports that AEW talent contracts have gone through some changes “in recent months.” It was reported that some stars “either aren’t allowed or want to work independent dates, and others who have embraced it.”
Guys like Jimmy Havoc and MJF were able to work for AEW while under MLW contract. There was no specific wording in their MLW deals saying that they couldn’t work for AEW because the company didn’t exist when contracts were signed.
Other stars such as Joey Janela and Britt Baker have also taken indie dates. There is a process to get that accomplished.
Fightful has been told that almost all AEW contracts differ to some degree, but if they want to work an independent date, they submit it to the office (or Christopher Daniels) to get approval for it. The booking fees for some wrestlers has increased significantly because of the TNT exposure.
All Elite Wrestling’s schedule can fluctuate. Some weeks a star is able to fly home and get a few good days before they must be back on the road. Other times they will need to stay on the road for longer stretches if there is a pay-per-view or other company obligation.