Prior to 2022, AEW releases have been few and much between. But rumors and experiences of wrestlers wanting out of their contracts, an allegedly chaotic backstage atmosphere and WWE reaching out to former stars about their AEW offers have been spreading like wildfire over the previous few months. However, it now seems that individuals ought to pump the breaks on the concept the younger promotion is out of the blue going to start out letting a lot of its stars go. Buddy Matthews took to Twitter this previous weekend and promptly denied the current experiences he had been granted his launch and Malakai Black did the identical late Monday evening on Instagram Live.
Many of the earlier experiences claimed AEW’s entrance workplace was sticking to a coverage that if a wrestler would not need to be within the firm then they need to be allowed to depart. But based on Dave Meltzer by way of the newest Wrestling Observer Radio, that is not truly the case.
“Nobody’s getting released. That’s the doctrine. Tony Khan made that very clear I guess in the last couple of days. So now it’s just, (Malakai Black’s) not being released, Buddy Matthews isn’t being released. Now they may be back sooner than before,” Meltzer mentioned. “It’s not to say it’s hard and fast, and there’d be no way they’d ever give anybody a release. But I think it’s pretty much the deal that if this happened in the other company, would those people get releases, and the answer is no. They signed the contract, so basically now, their option is to sit at home — and (Khan) can extend the contract if they sit at home — or wrestle. So now they’re gonna wrestle.”
The largest departure from AEW stays Cody Rhodes, who left the promotion alongside his spouse Brandi again in February. While it is nonetheless unclear what the disagreement between Rhodes and Khan was that led to “The American Nightmare’s” departure, Khan mentioned on the time that he selected to not train the addition 12 months choice on Rhodes’ contract.
“I don’t want to get too deep into it because a lot it’s personal between me and (Cody) but I tried to reach a longer agreement with him beyond what we had for the option years,” Khan mentioned throughout a media convention name main as much as Revolution. “And it sounded like at one point I think that we were going to, honestly, and when we couldn’t settle on it, the last thing I want to do is keep somebody here who isn’t gonna want to be here so it didn’t look like we were gonna get a longer deal done. I would’ve loved to have done it and I have a lot of respect for him but when we didn’t come to terms on that it made it pretty clear where we were gonna end up on things. That being said, I said nothing but respectful stuff about Cody and I’ll continue to.”