Of all the Superstars rumored to be jumping ship to AEW, we can't imagine WWE being anywhere near as worried about any of them more than this one.
Rumors are currently running rampant when it comes to wrestlers reportedly wanting to leave WWE. The Revival, Sasha Banks, Dean Ambrose, The Usos. The list of stars not linked with a move away from the promotion will soon be shorter than the list of those who have. No matter how many of them hold truth, WWE must be at least a little bit worried.
The way that some of the above names have been booked in recent weeks certainly makes it seem as if a few Superstars voiced their displeasure. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder reportedly asked for their release and all of a sudden they're getting Tag Team Title shots. We don't see Mike Kanellis for months and now he wrestles on every single episode of 205 Live.
If WWE is willing to bend over backwards to keep those stars happy, then just imagine what it would be willing to do in order to make someone like Randy Orton stay put. We haven't just pulled that name out of thin air either. According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, sources have told him "Randy Orton has been openly discussing his willingness to speak with All Elite Wrestling."
There have been reports this week that AEW has been talking with a big name WWE Superstar. Sapp reached out to AEW and they replied that is not the case at all. However, that doesn't mean The Viper hasn't been discussing his intent to talk with the rival promotion down the line. Then again, someone as experienced as Orton will know that rumors like these, whether true or not, could bump up his pay in WWE.
One thing is for certain, the emergence of AEW has made the pro wrestling landscape as a whole more interesting than it has been for a while. The industry has been on the come up for a while now, and AEW is the result of that. WWE is going to have to start thinking more carefully about how it books certain Superstars. There's another big player in town and simply throwing money at them isn't going to cut it anymore.