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AEW/WWE News: Details on Contracts offered by WWE to the Elite

Simon Cotton
ANALYST
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1.91K   //    11 Jan 2019, 22:45 IST

The Elite had some big deals on the table
The Elite had some big deals on the table

What's the Story?

Cody and The Young Bucks, some of the biggest stars signed to All Elite Wrestling, turned down some very interesting offers from WWE.

The details of the contracts from WWE revealed that The Elite turned down million-dollar deals that included a six-month exit if they were unsatisfied.

In case you didn't know...

AEW is a new promotion that was announced on New Year's Day and is owned by Shadid and Tony Khan, owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cody, The Young Bucks, Hangman Page, former WWE superstar Chris Jericho and other wrestlers have signed with the promotion thus far.

The heart of the matter

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that Triple H worked hard trying to sign Cody, Page and The Young Bucks to WWE to prevent AEW from getting off the ground.

Page's offer was apparently similar to the deal Shinsuke Nakamura acquired when he signed with WWE and would've given him a main-roster money contract to work in NXT as one of their top stars.

The Bucks' offer was reportedly going to be similar to the $3.5 million deal that WWE Superstar AJ Styles is currently rumoured to be making, according to Forbes. WWE also wanted the "Being the Elite" YouTube Series as an exclusive show on the WWE Network.

Their deals would've reportedly also allowed for a six-month exit if any of the superstars were dissatisfied with their push - with the idea being that the Khan family wouldn't start the promotion without signing Cody and The Young Bucks.

What's next?

Double or Nothing is the first show announced for All Elite Wrestling and will take place on Saturday, May 25 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

AEW is rumoured to working on a building a working relationship with ROH and NJPW, but there have been no updates on that situation.

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Simon Cotton
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Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/social-suplex-podcast-network Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts. https://anchor.fm/simon-cotton
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