WWE has a lot of things to worry about, and they certainly don’t want to risk a serious lawsuit over tampering. The company realizes that Tony Khan has tight contracts with his talents, and they don’t want to risk that trouble.
In recent years, wrestling companies have become more cautious when it comes to engaging in discussions with wrestlers signed to rival promotions. After all, they don’t want a massive lawsuit.
WWE is currently being extra careful due to concerns about potential contract tampering accusations by AEW and the ongoing legal battle with MLW, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This approach marks a shift from the past, exemplified by incidents like the one Chris Jericho described in his memoir, where WWE openly courted him while he was still with WCW in 1999.
The topic of contract statuses came up with Rush and Andrade El Idolo, with rumors circulating in Mexico. Rush’s one-year contract with AEW is reportedly nearing expiration, while Andrade recently stated that his June 15th match in Laguna would be his last in the area for the foreseeable future, despite AEW not imposing restrictions on his Mexican bookings.
The situation becomes even more confusing when considering that Andrade previously mentioned his contract ending “very soon,” despite initially stating that it would run until June 2024. Additionally, there may have been extensions to his contract due to his time off due to injury. Last year, it was reported by WON that WWE had made contact with some AEW talent, a claim that AEW CEO Tony Khan later confirmed. WWE’s current cautious approach may be a response to these past developments.
We will have to see if any AEW stars find their way to WWE eventually, but it seems that Tony Khan’s company doesn’t have to worry about contract tampering from WWE anymore. Keep checking back with us here at Ringside News for more.
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