All Elite Wrestling is going to have to make some talent decisions in the near future. The Tony Khan-led wrestling promotion has several talent contracts expiring in the next year or two. This comes as AEW faces direct competition tonight from a main roster WWE show for the first time.
Details on what specific wrestlers face expiring deals aren’t available, but there is some speculation that can be made. The initial talent signed back in January of 2019 is the logical place to look for answers. That includes many AEW originals and fan favorites.
Scorpio Sky recently signed a new five-year deal with AEW. Sky was one of the original wrestlers who made the move to the new company. One can reasonably conclude that other wrestlers who signed at the time will soon have deals that expire.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, many of these contracts will be expiring in the next year. While we don’t know who, this confirms the fact that many AEW talent will become free agents if they aren’t re-signed.
“A lot of key deals will be up in 2022 and 2023 and an extension for that long for a talent who is not that young tells you they are pretty confident in committing to a long-term future…”
Contracts are not one-size-fits-all. Certain talents may have signed one, two, three, or five-year deals. Cody Rhodes’ initial contract was for five years. Tony Khan seems to lean closer to three and five year deals.
A look at the talent that was signed by AEW initially brings up some interesting names. There hasn’t been much news on wrestlers re-upping with All Elite besides Sky and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
The list or initial talent does include some massive names. Among them are the Young Bucks, “Hangman” Adam Page, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, MJF, Britt Baker, and more. Baker just inked an extension, and so did referee Aubrey Edwards. Time (and Tony Khan) will tell who sticks around.
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