Tony Khan of AEW refers to WWE contracts as ‘temporary arrangements.’
WWE recently announced another round of roster cuts, bringing the total number of 2021 releases to around 80.
Every round of cuts sparks more debate about WWE contracts, as well as the addition of more wrestlers to the free-agent pool looking for work.
AEW President Tony Khan addressed all of the cuts WWE has been making, the possibility of AEW signing those talents who were released, and what a WWE contract really is, calling them “temporary arrangements” in a new interview with Busted Open Radio.
“Anyone signing a contract (in WWE) nowadays isn’t signing a real contract.”
“It’s just a stopgap,” Khan explained.
“A lot of the people who come to wrestle with me are lifers, and they know it.”
There are some people who work extremely hard here, and there are others who come in and work even harder, and I have the impression that this is their entire life and that they will be with me for the rest of my life.
I’m not sure if that is true for everyone who works for my competitors.
There are probably people who work there who aren’t sure if they’ll be there next week.
With a contract, there’s a lot more security.”
“I can’t promise I’ll extend every contract or rehire everyone, but I also haven’t done mass layoffs.”
I don’t claim to be the most profitable company of all time, and I don’t boast about it.
I do brag about being a real success story and bringing in a lot of revenue for a startup.
What I’ll brag about is that we haven’t done any mass layoffs, and we didn’t fire 15 people last week or 18 the week before.
I don’t think it’s a good thing when a company fires all those people and then sends out press releases on a regular basis.
“I never want to make light of anything like that,” Khan said.
“When you talk about a bidding war, each person is their own unique case, and there may be multiple people interested in his services, but we’ve seen the majority of the talent go into one…
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