AEW’s inception back in 2019 took the pro wrestling world by storm as they strived to be a solid alternative to WWE’s product. They have succeeded in various fields but a lot remains to be improved upon. They inked most contracts for three-year deals, but there is a chance that some will stay for an additional year.
AEW has all the momentum in the world right now thanks to the debut of CM Punk and the imminent debut of Daniel Bryan to the company. Punk’s return helped bring back more fans to the product as well.
The company also relied heavily on stars such as Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley, among others to help them set the standard for the shows and deliver the needed star power.
According to Dave Meltzer on the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, most of AEW’s top stars signed contracts back in 2019 and their contracts are likely to expire in early 2023. After that, they will become free agents unless a new deal can be arranged.
”I believe most had a fourth year option that would likely be picked up, so it’s really not until the early part of 2023 when the biggest names there from the start will become free agents.”
With more than a year and a half left until then, we certainly wonder just how different the landscape of AEW will change by then and whether the top stars will remain with the company or not.
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