Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made several headlines when the news broke that they had rejected WWE contract offerings. It looks like they could be leaving WWE, but the company might not let them go so easily. Vince McMahon doesn’t like the idea that people are wanting to leave WWE.
WWE was going around a few weeks ago and offering big contracts for Superstars who would be willing to re-sign right now. This could be a tactic in order to secure talent before they have even more leverage to command at higher price tag.
It should be noted that Dean Ambrose was especially annoyed when the idea was brought up during contract negotiations that he was trying to use AEW to leverage more money from WWE
Anderson and Gallows are used on television and are currently not being booked for house shows either. Their WWE contracts are up in September, which still offer plenty of time for the company to make another victim. However, Dave Meltzer discussed this on Wrestling Observer Radio where he heavily alluded to the fact that Anderson and Gallows could already have a destination in mind in the form of AEW.
“It’s not a secret that has a tag team to be pushed to main even levels somewhere else and Gallows and Anderson are friends with those guys.”
It was noted that if AEW wasn’t around, WWE wouldn’t be talking to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson about signing new contracts for a couple more months. After all, their WWE contracts aren’t up to September.
Now “WWE wants everyone signed as quick as possible” and they are trying to lock people into larger contracts if they will sign immediately. That is what Gallows and Anderson decided to do.
It was also said that when push comes to shove, WWE will probably be in doubt because anyone who rejected their initial offers. If AEW picks up steam, then any WWE Superstar’s leverage will surely go up as well.
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