WWE had to axe a large number of on-screen talent when the COVID-19 pandemic started to damage their bottom line. They also fired ton of backstage and office staff. This recent situation has caused WWE to re-evaluate their priorities.
It was said that WWE doesn’t consider Superstars going to AEW as the threat that they did a couple of months ago. The company has much bigger problems to worry about right now.
“They know it’s not one of those situations like it was a couple of months ago when somebody might go and help the opposition right now. I mean, they’re not concerned with that anymore. I mean, that’s the situation.”
AEW is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to the best of their ability. They’re not financially screwed either. They made profit last month and are still backed by a billionaire with a greater net-worth than Vince McMahon.