With the newly formed All Elite Wrestling promotion already adding a handful of big-named superstars, there is speculation that WWE could lose some of its top talents in the near future.
AEW has already secured future WWE Hall of Famer Chris Jericho, Cody (Rhodes), and The Young Bucks, among others. With that, some can't help but wonder if some of WWE's other superstars will look for a way out, in order to pursue better opportunities - for AEW or other wrestling promotions.
Appearing on the After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson podcast (h/t WrestlingInc.com), former Raw general manager and WCW president Eric Bischoff explained what Vince McMahon should do in order to ensure his superstars don't look to jump ship.
"It's a talent driven business, and the Khan family is willing to write a big check for Chris Jericho and they're willing to write big checks for other talent who may be in WWE but not happy," Bischoff said. "If I was Vince McMahon right now I would probably tie them up in as many strings as I possibly could. In fact I'm sure he already has."
Sasha Banks and Scott Dawson teased at possibly wanting to leave the WWE with this Twitter exchange:
Mike and Maria Kanellis have also been reportedly unhappy with WWE, and it's been said that both have already requested their releases. Perhaps if any of these talents leave the WWE, other disgruntled superstars will follow suit and look for better opportunities elsewhere.
It's worth noting that Rajah.com recently reported that WWE has informed some of their wrestlers that if they re-sign, their salaries will be doubled. That's yet another sign that WWE is worried about losing some of its top talents, hence the need to secure them by offering generous raises.
At any given point, there are only so many superstars who will receive main event pushes. It's very possible that underused talents like Cesaro, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor and Bayley could decide they want to leave WWE in the future. After all, they'd be main eventers in other promotions, rather than stuck at the mid-card level for all this time.
What This Means
WWE remains the world's biggest wrestling promotion, but that doesn't mean that every superstar on the roster is happy there. With other promotions like Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and AEW growing more and more, other superstars could decide to jump WWE ship and head elsewhere.
It'll be interesting to see how McMahon and WWE officials work around keeping all of their talents happy, without losing them to business rivals.