The rise of All Elite Wrestling in such a short time and the plethora of other promotions including MLW, New Japan, and NWA, has made the wrestling talent pool shallow. With the added places for wrestlers to work and make money, the WWE has had to look at its own competitors in recent months and offer new contracts to replace expiring deals. Fans of combat sports are gearing up for some exciting bouts this autumn. Combats sports fans can click here to see new promo offers and wager on their favorite fighters.
In October, it was announced the WWE gave out contracts to some of its top talent. The new deals will keep some of the company’s wrestlers tied down for the next few years and prevent them from joining AEW or another rival promotion.
Perhaps the biggest winner in the WWE’s recent contract negotiations is Braun Strowman. Not only is the big man in a major angle with heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, but Strowman has cashed-in with a new contract worth $1.2 million per year.
At one time, only the WWE’s top stars could come anywhere near that figure. However, Strowman, who joined the WWE’s main roster as part of the Wyatt Family in 2015, has been given a four-year contract worth $4.8m, which is more than A.J. Styles current deal.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Former New Japan wrestlers and Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows entered the WWE in 2016 hot on the heels of their work in the Land of the Rising Sun. After more than three years, the duo has cooled off and with AEW opening up shop, both were linked with moves to the fledgling company.
The WWE initially offered both Anderson and Gallows deals worth $500,000 annually. However, they rejected the contracts and increased the possibility of leaving the promotion. Since those initial contracts were rejected, Anderson and Gallows have come to terms with the WWE for five-years at $700,00 apiece annually.
The WWE may have tied down Strowman, Anderson, and Gallows, but several wrestlers will see their contracts expire at the beginning of 2020. Matt and Jeff Hardy, Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton are all WWE competitors that have expiring contracts next year.
Orton, who has been one of the biggest stars for the company for the last decade, will see his 10-year deal end when the new decade begins. Earlier this year, it was reported that Orton was offered a contract by AEW. While some of the WWE’s superstars may be interested in jumping ship and joining the new brand, Orton is one wrestler that has had enough success, fame, and financial reward to keep him in place.
Since AEW began making waves in 2018, a lot of WWE wrestlers have been linked with a move to the company. Despite constant claims of grapplers moving, the WWE does offer far more security than the AEW product. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The fact that wrestlers such as The Miz, Kevin Owens, Anderson, and Gallows have signed new deals shows how unsure everyone is over AEW’s sustainability.