This is only a rumor, so take it for what it’s worth. According to a report from Ryan Fredrick of the Wrestling Observer, The Young Bucks sent out feelers to their friends in WWE to see about potential employment once their contracts with AEW are up.
Frederick said the following:
“In this instance, though, what I said is 100% true and I have it from multiple people. It’s also not a big deal and not really newsworthy. It’s not like they actually reached out to WWE management. They told a friend in the company, a fellow wrestler, that they would be willing to listen to offers when their deals are up (I believe January 2024) and to let it be known. It’s something every single wrestler in the business should be doing- it’s called maximizing your leverage. It is no different than an NFL or MLB player coming into the final year of their contract and letting it be known they are going to free agency and listening to offers from the other teams. And, in the sense of independent contractors, it’s not different than a NASCAR or Formula One driver letting other teams know that their contract runs out at a certain time and they’ll be listening to offers. Except wrestling is a weird business where you have to use your friends on the other side to let this message be known.
It does not mean they want to leave. It means they’re looking to get the best deal they can. That’s it. It’s a non-story. And if you’re a wrestler with a deal coming up in the next 18 months and you aren’t playing both sides, you need to fix that.”
Fredrick also stated, “And it doesn’t matter if it was now or at any point in the future before their contracts run out, they were going to reach out. It’s inevitable and why this is a complete non-story to be honest (and the feeler I was talking about happened before the incidents of this past weekend for the record- it was a few weeks ago). It’s just plain common sense.”
[h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the information]
I’m not putting too much stock into this, because I believe these conversations have happened before. Plus, I’m not sure that The Young Bucks’ style fits in with WWE. That being said, Triple H always does what’s best for business, and if he believes that the Bucks can help, then maybe this will happen in the future.
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