WWE and AEW have denied any sorts of rivalry on several occasions in the past, with both parties stating that they want the best for professional wrestling. However, those words seem only good on paper, as wrestlers from both the companies have taken shots on numerous occasions.
It was reported a few months ago that WWE is holding up talent by not allowing them to go and work for AEW. This was reported in the case of Luke Harper and The Revival, who were both granted releases a few months ago.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the previous thinking has changed and now WWE is willing to allow their stars to perform for their rivals. This came after WWE refused to offer Drew Gulak more money in his new contract, and allowed him to leave on his own terms.
A plethora of talent was released in the last month in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are rumored to be on their way to All Elite Wrestling. The released list had plenty of under-used talents, who could all be wanting to jump ship and showcase their talents on Wednesday nights.
“They know it’s not one of those situations like it was a couple of months ago when somebody might go and help the opposition right now. I mean, they’re not concerned with that anymore. I mean, that’s the situation.”
AEW has a large roster already and might not pick up every single talent that WWE has put out, but surely a few will be appearing on Dynamite pretty soon. Brodie Lee, Jon Moxley, Shawn Spears, etc. are some of the talents who made their way to AEW from WWE, and the Revolt (Revival) could be joining pretty soon.
AEW reported profits in the month of April, despite the empty arena shows and with a billionaire owner at their side, they can definitely afford to pick up a few more talents from the released pool.