The professional wrestling labour market is a crazy place in 2019, with All Elite Wrestling's emergence sparking a clamour for signatures and, more significantly, major upheaval in the WWE locker-room.
The wrestlers have had their eyes opened. Vince McMahon's was the only shop in town for decades, but this is no longer the case. Companies like AEW now provide an alternative opportunity for anyone who feels creatively unfulfilled, undermined, or stifled, and it seems like barely a week passes without a new name requesting their release. It's chaos, and it isn't slowing down anytime soon.
For younger fans who have only ever known the WWE monopoly, this is an entirely new situation. Wrestlers haven't had options like this since WCW and ECW went out of business. It was the norm for decades, and it'll hopefully become the norm again, as monopolies benefit nobody but the company on top. WWE can no longer get away with harbouring a disgruntled locker-room now that said wrestlers can let their contracts run out and earn a good living elsewhere, and that's great news for everyone else.
Expect this list to keep growing as the year progresses.
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