The wrestling landscape has changed significantly over the last few months, and will continue to do so throughout 2019 as various promotions bid for talent.
In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE has made it clear, at least for certain people, they will beat any other promotions offer for talent. This all stems after WWE tried to sign Bandido , who ended up signing a deal with Ring Of Honor.
WWE has told people if you can show an offer from another company on paper they will beat it, or even double it on the spot if you sign with the company immediately.
After the Bandido situation, WWE has made it clear, at least for certain people, that they will beat anyone’s offer for talent, although they did not do so in the case of Chris Jericho. WWE has told people if you can show on paper an offer from another company, they’ll beat it, even double it on the spot provided you sign immediately. – Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer Newsletter 1/21
The WWE obviously did the opposite for Chris Jericho, who’s took a larger offer from All Elite Wrestling. Jericho’s deal, which he states is the largest amount of money a company has offered seems to be an exception to the rule.
The WWE is extremely aggressive with not only signing talent, but also retaining them. With the recent news of The Revival and Mike and Maria Kanellis wanting to be released from their contract, the WWE doesn’t seem to want anyone to leave.
PWInsider is reporting that the WWE has approached numerous talents who’s contracts are expiring soon with longer form deals. A standard WWE contract is 3 years, and WWE is looking to have talents sign deals up to 5 years. The WWE signed The Miz and Kevin Owens to 5 year deals last year.