AEW has a lot of stars on their roster, and few of them have contracts expiring soon enough. It seems we have a bit of momentum on some Elite contracts expiring soon for AEW.
Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that, “The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam Page have all been negotiating new AEW contracts this year.” This is not a done deal yet, and there is a bit of an update now.
When we asked for an update this week, we were told that the deals aren’t done yet. However, both sides have felt like several deals had been close, with one side noting that could have been said for several months, and not a lot had changed on that front. Those we spoke with in AEW were confident they’d retain the Elite, despite CM Punk returning to the company. We’ve not been given any update on Elite and their willingness to work with Punk, though creative is planned for several of them for quite some time.
The outlet further noted that, “Hangman Page, Omega and The Bucks have all retained Barry Bloom to represent them.” Bloom is a very popular agent, with Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Bill Goldberg as his clients.
It’s worth noting that Omega had time added to his deal due to missing out via injury. At this point between injury time, option years, and any other variables with all four wrestlers, it’s tough to determine when exactly each deal is up.
We’re told by WWE sources that they would absolutely have interest in all four talent in the event they become available, but that they don’t actually expect that to happen and that WWE are “nowhere near being legally allowed to talk to any of them.” There were rumors that the Young Bucks had reached out to WWE last year, but sources close to them denied it.
It was noted that, “we’re told that most people in AEW expect that each man will remain in AEW on significant money increases.”
We will have to see what happens in this situation. Obviously, these are huge contracts that need to be dealt with.
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