AEW has an incredibly deep roster of incredibly talented professional wrestlers who are always ready to perform to the best of their abilities for fans. However, there’s only so much television time every week and a lot of talent aren’t even used much at all. In light of this, quite a few AEW contracts are set to expire soon.

The likes of Matt Hardy had their AEW contract expire and are no longer part of the company. In the case of Malakai Black, his AEW contract is close to extension time, but it isn’t known whether he will opt for that extension.

While speaking on Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez mentioned that traditionally, there was a long period where no one was fired, but recently some individuals have been let go. He pointed out that Tony Khan’s reluctance to confront and dismiss employees might lead to a new approach where contracts are simply allowed to expire without renewal.

This method would phase out talent without the need for formal releases or firings. Alvarez noted that many contracts are nearing their end, including potentially Mark Henry’s, and it remains to be seen who will be re-signed and who will not.


“You know, there was that deal where for a long time he never fired anybody, and then, you know, some people got released of late. He does not like confrontation; he does not like doing stuff like that. So I think what you’re going to see starting very soon is contracts are going to just expire, and that will be the end of people’s run, as opposed to being released or fired. Contracts will end, and that’s it. Thank you for your help. So, I’m not sure when Mark Henry’s contract is due, but there are a lot of contracts coming due, and we will see who gets re-signed and who is history.”

Tony Khan has also addressed Mark Henry’s contractual status with AEW as it nears expiry. Nevertheless, we will have to wait and see whether more AEW stars will end up leaving the company this year.

Who do you feel might just end up leaving AEW this year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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