A new report has indicated that AEW EVPs Matt & Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks have sent out ‘feelers’ to gauge potential WWE interest.
Fans have previously speculated that the treatment of Cody Rhodes following his WWE return in April would encourage other AEW names to make the jump to WWE.
There’s currently a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of certain AEW talent, following the backstage fight after CM Punk’s verbal tirade during the All Out media scrum.
Following the altercation, some ‘very important names’ reportedly threatened to leave the company, with many speculating that these ‘important names’ included Matt & Nick Jackson.
On the F4WOnline Message Board, Ryan Frederick of the Wrestling Observer pointed out that the Young Bucks had their options picked up last year, correcting a fan who claimed they recently signed new contracts with the company.
Noting that they contacted a talent to send out ‘feelers’, Frederick wrote:
“They didn’t sign new deals. Their options were picked up. They did reach out to a talent to send feelers that they would be interested in talking about coming in when their deals are up. But, everyone on both sides are going to do the same because you want to look for the best deal. Anyone who doesn’t do so is dumb and possibly leaving money on the table.”
Explaining why Young Bucks likely didn’t speak with anyone directly at WWE, Frederick noted:
“They reached out to a talent to send feelers about coming it. I can’t say they talked to anyone direct at WWE, but that would fall under tampering and this came at the same time the legal letters were being sent about tampering.
“Can’t confirm they actually talked to WWE people themselves, but they talked to other WWE talent about coming in, which they can do (much like WWE talent can send feelers thru AEW talent, which has happened and happens on both sides often).
“It’s not something they wouldn’t have done anyways since their deals are coming up at the end of 2024, and you want to maximize your leverage when it comes to getting a new deal and get the companies into a bidding war. It’s not necessarily a sign that they’re going to leave. Everyone should do it.”
The Young Bucks’ current deals are set to expire in 2024.
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