WWE chairman Vince McMahon never showed any fear in losing some of his top talents to rival promotions, but things seem to be a lot different now.
Amid reporters that some disgruntled superstars could look to depart soon - namely for the new All Elite Wrestling Promotion, Vince seems intent on trying to keep these talents around.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Cageside Seats), McMahon truly is worried about losing his stars to rival promotions. This is because he "wants the perception that his guys don’t leave," so it'll be interesting to see what he will do in order to retain them.
For starters, Dean Ambrose is set to leave the WWE after refusing to sign a new contract. His deal expires after WrestleMania 35, and it's been reported that he could look to sign up with AEW - who has already recruited Chris Jericho and could be in talks with Batista as well.
It's also been rumored that The Revival plus Mike and Maria Kanellis are unhappy with WWE, and all of them requested their releases. But The Revival became the new Raw Tag Team Champions this week, so it's hard to envision them wanting to leave now. Perhaps WWE officials decided it was necessary to give The Revival those titles so that they would be convinced to stay.
And even though AJ Styles is expected to re-sign with WWE, the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura and Gallows & Anderson have yet to sign new deals with WWE. It's possible that those superstars look to leave as well.
Other disgruntled superstars may finally have the advantage now. If WWE officials won't give them the pushes they want, these wrestlers have every reason to try and leave for a better opportunity. But by the sound of things, Vince wants to make all of his wrestlers happy so they don't decide to depart.
What This Means
It'll be interesting to see what WWE does now in order to please all of their superstars. It seems like The Revival finally got rewarded after making it clear they weren't happy about their direction. And at this point, it's safe to say that The Revival won't be the only stars who get a bigger push, thus preventing the chance of jumping ship for a rival company.