WWE offered Rhyno double the money he is currently earning to sign a new contract, but he turned Vince McMahon down.
WWE is currently jam-packed with talent. More than ever before, in fact. So much, that you might be forgiven for forgetting that some of them are still even under contract with the company. Despite the massive amount of content WWE continues to pump out on a weekly basis, there still isn't enough time to showcase everyone.
That truth lends itself to the accusation that WWE is simply hiring wrestlers so that other companies can't have them. An admission from Rhyno only furthers that suspicion. The WWE Superstar recently sat down with Chris Van Vliet and revealed some pretty telling things about his current contract and the new deal that was recently offered to him by Vince McMahon.
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Rhyno is one of those wrestlers you might have forgotten is even still under contract with WWE. Aside from a battle royal appearance at WrestleMania, he hasn't had a match on TV at all so far in 2019. That's why The Man Beast was surprised when WWE offered him a new contract worth twice as much as his current one. "They actually offered me more than twice my downside but it wasn’t where they would have to use me," Rhyno explained.
Apparently, the deal would have more than likely resulted in Rhyno continuing to stay at home and not wrestle. He goes on to explain in the above interview that despite how long he has been in the business, that isn't what he wants. He wants to continue to work on the independent scene and help younger talent find their way. "If I’m sitting at my marina, that’d be nice I’d be very fortunate to do that, but I can’t help those younger men and women improve. On the indies, I can do that."
It might not be anything more than a conspiracy theory right now, but evidence continues to point toward WWE trying to stop any of its talent leaving. Its TV and Saudi deals mean it has no shortage of money right now, so Mr. McMahon can afford to throw money at stars even if he has no intention of using them. That way, he can prevent them popping up in AEW. However, the boss is quickly starting to learn that not everyone is fueled by money alone.