WWE management is attempting to retain a numerous stars following the news of Dean Ambrose leaving the company.
While some fans, and even talent backstage who aren’t privy to management discussions feel that Ambrose’ exit was part of an elaborate storyline, this does not seem to be the case.
Ambrose exiting the company is creating a stir backstage, which has led to WWE management holding meetings with various superstars.
According to Mike Johnson on PWInsider Elite, this past Tuesday during Smackdown WWE management spoke to anyone who had contracts up in the next year or two.
Talent were pulled into rooms and had meetings with WWE management in attempts to sign longer form deals with the company.
According to Johnson, this caused quite the buzz backstage, where talent were sitting around during these meetings discussing how crazy the current situation was.
Triple H previously said on a media call that they are treating everyone like completion, and doing will continue to do what’s best for WWE.
All Elite Wrestling seems like a legitimate threat to WWE. In the modern era of the company, they have not been this aggressive in trying to retain talent.
WWE is currently trying to sign wrestlers to 5-year deals. Before last year, most wrestlers would sign 2 or 3 year deals with the company.
Current have a major advantage right now, as they are able to negotiate larger deals, and add additional stipulations to their contracts. This could allow stars to have lighter or modified scheduled.
WWE is using the FOX deal as a bargaining chip, advising talent that they have more money coming in, and deals will be more lucrative.
The WWE is also offering larger downside guarantees, in hopes this will sway talent decisions, who may be looking elsewhere to continue their career.