AEW has a roster full of talent that Tony Khan wants to keep around. That being said, he was very happy about inking a deal with Rush recently, despite WWE’s apparent interest in him. It was quite a victory to lock Rush down, but WWE didn’t even make an offer.

WWE expressed interest in bringing RUSH and his brother Dragon Lee to NXT. However, they were aware that the financial requirements for such a move would be considerably higher than what most of the NXT roster receives.

That being said, the company realized that AEW might make a substantial offer as well, which further complicated the possibility of the deal going through, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Regarding the WWE situation with him, the explanation from multiple people there is that they were interested in him for NXT and understood that they’d have to make him an offer much bigger than just about anyone in NXT (obviously not Gable Steveson but bigger than anyone else) because he’d get a big offer from AEW.


The report went on to say, “WWE never made an official offer because when they found out what AEW offered, they knew there was no way he was going to WWE. Someone in WWE called the offer ‘insane money.'”

We will have to see what happens in this situation as time goes on. Obviously, WWE and AEW will be battling for the same pro wrestling landscape, but that doesn’t mean that they will make hard plays for everyone they want.

What’s your take on Rush sticking around AEW? Should he have taken an offer from WWE? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you think!

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