The Elite all had an option to take Tony Khan up on his contract offer, or see what WWE might give them. No official talks between WWE and The Elite ever got to start, because Khan was able to lock them down, and Cody Rhodes called it “NBA money.”
Tony Khan recently spoke about The Elite during a media call to promote AEW All In London. He used this chance to plug the show, but he didn’t provide any specific numbers about the length of their contracts, or how much that “NBA money” really is.
Tony Khan stated that Kenny Omega and The Jacksons are very involved with ideas and building the major events. There are a lot of wrestlers who help backstage but don’t carry the Executive title.
Kenny Omega is also very much involved with their AEW Games brand. It appears that the Young Bucks really help out with creative, but Tony Khan didn’t provide much more information. Adam Page, although he is a member of The Elite, is not an EVP, so he doesn’t have those extra responsibilities.
The Elite leaned both ways when considering a jump to WWE, but they obviously decided to stick around AEW. Mark Henry stated that they are around for four-year deals.
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks stated that the lighter AEW schedule helped a lot to make that decision for them, but the fact that Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks kept their status as Executive Vice Presidents probably helped in their cases as well.
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