More details have been revealed about WWE’s mammoth rejected contract offers to the Young Bucks via the Wrestler Observer Newsletter.
According to Dave Meltzer, Triple H handled negotiations with the Bucks and Hangman Page and Cody personally, holding 12 hours of talks with them. They all put him over for the way he handled himself in their dealings and for “seeing the comedy aspect” of a skit they did on BTW superkicking Kazarian (dressed as Triple H) in their public rejection of the deal.
Hangman Page was offered “main roster money” to work in NXT, where he would have been pushed as one of the top stars on the brand.
The Bucks were offered money equivalent to that of former WWE champ and SmackDown’s top star AJ Styles. Along with the huge money, the Bucks would have been permitted to continue producing Being The Elite as a regular show on the WWE Network.
The promotion also offered the rare concession of inserting six month break clauses in the three year contracts that would have allowed the Bucks to walk if they were unhappy with their push. To our knowledge, WWE has never offered anything like that before. The last time they conceded to talent in a contract was Bret Hart in 1996, giving him “reasonable creative control” over the last 30 days of his contract. We all know how that turned out.
The belief in WWE was that the offer was so good there was no way it would be turned down. Sources in WWE said it was “mind boggling” that they were even offered a deal like that. The promotion was so confident of getting them that it had already come up with a “significant storyline” for their debut at the Royal Rumble, leading into WrestleMania.
The reason WWE went so hard after the group was because they were well aware that Tony Khan would not be able to go ahead with AEW – which they knew about months ago – without the Bucks and Cody, as the key players from All In would no longer be involved. In essence they were paying to prevent AEW for happening.
Would you have liked to see the Bucks, Cody and Hangman in WWE? What do you think the “significant” storyline was? Let us know in the comments.