Report: Tony Khan Introduces "No Releases" Policy For AEW Wrestlers

Wrestlers who want out of AEW may now be forced to sit out their contracts.

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Tony Khan has reportedly instituted a "no releases" policy in All Elite Wrestling.

Today's Wrestling Observer Radio saw Dave Meltzer state that currently, nobody will be getting released from Khan's promotion. The AEW founder and CEO has seemingly made this doctrine clear within the past few days, with Malakai Black and Buddy Matthews, both of whom have been linked to AEW exits in recent times, now set to stay.

Meltzer noted that with releases now off the table, wantaway AEW wrestlers can opt to either wrestle or sit at home and get paid. If they stay at home, however, AEW will have the power to extend their contracts.


This comes in the wake of WWE's attempts at reaching out to contracted AEW talent with a view to jumping ship, as has been reported extensively over the past few weeks. Per Meltzer, "basically everyone" that has previously worked with WWE's new creative lead, Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, had been reached out to. While some attempted to engineer their AEW releases following this, others did not.

AEW has rarely let go of wrestlers before their contracts have expired, with likes of Jimmy Havoc, who was let go amidst sexual misconduct allegations, the exception.


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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.