AEW is quickly heading towards its third birthday, and while there has been the odd release in the promotion’s short history, Tony Khan certainly hasn’t built a reputation as someone who gets rid of talent.
Pretty much all contract talk over the past couple of years has come out of WWE, but what about AEW’s biggest stars? They also have contracts, and they’re not going to last forever.
Stars like Chris Jericho signed deals when the promotion was formed at the start of 2019, so when will these contracts expire?
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, most AEW stars have an additional year option in their current deals, so it won’t be until the start of 2023 before we need to think about the contracts expiring.
”I believe most had a fourth year option that would likely be picked up, so it’s really not until the early part of 2023 when the biggest names there from the start will become free agents.”
It’s likely that many names will sign a contract extension well ahead of time, but for those who don’t, I imagine they’ll all be appearing in the Royal Rumble.
Man, I can’t believe QT Marshall is going to win the 2023 Royal Rumble.