Kevin Owens signed a five-year deal with WWE in 2018, but that deal was changed around to shorten it a bit. The company had their reasons and are well aware that KO’s deal is running out soon.
According to Fightful Select, WWE was “fully aware of Kevin Owens'” expiring contract. His deal is up in January of 2022. WWE renegotiated several deals in 2019, as they adjusted them for higher downside guarantees. That means that Owens was making more with his new deal, but it ran out sooner.
It is further reported that the confusion about contracts “fell in NXT and the transition between NXT and WWE.” This is the reason why a clerical error saw Aleister Black’s WWE release come with a 30-day non-compete clause instead.
We know that WWE was aware of Owens’ deal, as we learned the news from a WWE employee earlier this Summer. This was not a case similar to Adam Cole or Pete Dunne, but the deal does end significantly sooner than previously publicly known.
We will have to see what Kevin Owens decides to do next. If he has any intentions of staying in WWE then he is certainly teasing AEW enough to drive up his asking price.
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