Report: Multiple AEW Stars Want To Jump To WWE

A major talent exodus isn't expected, but several AEW wrestlers are looking to jump to WWE.

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Several AEW wrestlers may be looking to jump ship to WWE at the moment, reports Dave Meltzer.

The Wrestling Observer scribe tweeted as much on Sunday evening. Responding to a Twitter user who had asked if fans should expect a "mass exodus" of talent from AEW to WWE, Meltzer stated that while he doesn't expect departures on that scale, "a few" competitors want to make the move. The cards, however, are in AEW founder and CEO Tony Khan's hands.

Said Meltzer:-

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These comments come in the wake of news that Malakai Black is looking to return to WWE after securing his AEW release earlier in the month. Whether or not this will be possible anytime soon is unclear, however, as it is believed that AEW granted Black a "conditional" release, which may include restrictions on heading to the market leaders.

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Malakai's former House of Black stablemate, Buddy Matthews, has also been linked with an AEW exit in recent times. The Australian and tag partner Brody King have both moved to shoot this talk down, however.

Since the company's inception, AEW has not made a habit of letting wrestlers go before their contracts expire. Names like Jimmy Havoc, released amidst sexual misconduct allegations, stand as exceptions.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.