WWE has their eye on the entire pro wrestling world, but things have certainly changed for the company over the past couple of years. Vince McMahon is no longer Chief Content Officer, and Triple H is handling that creative load. The fact that MLW filed an antitrust lawsuit against WWE is also hanging over their heads.
The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega’s AEW contract status is a very interesting situation. It seems that The Elite have a big decision ahead of them, but they also have time to make one.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE would typically be sending out feelers for The Elite, if anything they might have flat-out offered them deals. That being said, they are being very cautious right now, because they don’t want to do anything that could help MLW win their anti-trust suit against them.
WWE is very leery because of the MLW lawsuit, so they’re not making … if that MLW lawsuit wasn’t there, there would be more guys, and in at least one case they have interest in going to WWE, and WWE is uncharistically not agressively trying to steal talent, unless someone’s contract is actually over, because of that MLW lawsuit. If it would have been two years ago, would they not have gone in there and offered millions and millions of dollars, call us when your contract is up. Right now, they’re not doing that.
Because of this lawsuit, if they do something wrong and it gets out. It may end up being nothing, but an antitrust lawsuit, it’s a lot of things, and it can be very scary. It’s not Vince McMahon either, not it’s Ari Emanuel, and he’ll flip out if they do something to make the lawsuit worse, and they don’t need him flipping out and going, ‘you have to get rid of’ — I’ll put it this way, if it gets out that someone is offering contracted talent offers, then Ari won’t fire Vince, but there will be a scapegoat, which is why nobody better do it, or do it and make sure it doesn’t get out. Anything that makes that lawsuit worse is not something that Endeavor wants, it’s not something that WWE wants for that matter.
WWE is in a much different situation with the Endeavor merger with the UFC in play. They have a lot more at stake, too, and Ari Emanuel doesn’t want to play games with a pro wrestling lawsuit.
Only time will tell if AEW loses Kenny Omega, the Young Bucks, or Hangman Page to WWE. At this point, it doesn’t appear that WWE is going to risk things by sending out any offers until the time is right.
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