The Usos have become the latest names rumored to want out of WWE on a list that continues to grow longer by the day.
All is not well right now in WWE. It started with rumors and those rumors were soon quashed. Talk that The Revival, and Mike and Maria Kanellis wanted to be released from their contracts. Since then, all four of those Superstars have been featured more on WWE TV. Coincidence? Maybe. But if any of them did want to leave initially, it seems that they are happy enough with their lot now.
While the above names were merely rumored, some Superstars have actually left WWE, or at least announced that they intend to leave. WWE still hasn't officially announced his departure but Hideo Itami is no longer working with the promotion. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed by the company that when Dean Ambrose's current contract comes to an end in April, he and WWE will part ways.
Since then, the rumors have been coming thick and fast. The latest names to join the list are Jimmy and Jey Uso. Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp said this week that there is concern backstage in WWE that The Usos will not be signing a new deal with the company. "I don’t know when their deal is up but I just heard there is some concern that they might not re-sign," Sapp revealed on Fightful's post-SmackDown show.
All of these rumors and actual departures aren't mere coincidences. There is a new player in town, All Elite Wrestling. While we currently know very little about the new promotion, we do know that they have a very wealthy financial backer. AEW's biggest signing Chris Jericho admitted that the contract he signed with the company is the biggest of his career. That will have undoubtedly turned some heads in WWE.
Whether it will admit it or not, for the first time in almost 20 years, a rival wrestling promotion has WWE worried. They may not be competing for ratings just yet, but they are most definitely competing for talent. If a name as big as Ambrose makes the move over to AEW that will be a massive statement by Cody Rhodes and co. WWE is going to need to start thinking more carefully when it comes to booking some of its neglected Superstars.