WWE Telling Talent They Will Match Any AEW Offer
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that WWE has communicated to some of their talent that they will beat any offer from other promotions. WWE made the decision to beat all offers after Bandido signed with ROH over WWE.
Interestingly enough, WWE did not try to beat AEW’s offer to Chris Jericho.
Talent has been told to present all paper offers they receive from other promotions if they want WWE to beat it. In some cases, WWE has stated that they will even double any competing offer if the talent agrees to sign with WWE on the spot.
WWE is responding to all the rumors recently that WWE talent may be looking to sign with other promotions. Vince McMahon does not want an image to set in that talent wants to leave WWE and that there is more money to be made outside of WWE. This is partly why WWE has been so aggressive about keeping Brock Lesnar and why they have started to push some talent that had been unhappy, out of fear that they might leave.
WWE has a significant financial advantage over AEW and ROH and also are willing to just stockpile talent even if they have no real idea how to use them, just as a way to keep them from other promotions.
WWE has been trying to lock talent into longer five year deals, specifically talent that has their existing deals expiring in the next year. The Miz and Kevin Owens both signed new five year deals with WWE recently.