In a significant development, key members of The Elite, namely Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and Adam Page, have chosen to continue their journey with AEW. Reports indicate that they have successfully re-signed their contracts, entering into multi-year agreements with the promotion.
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While WWE had expressed interest in securing talents like Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, their efforts were hampered by legal complexities. Concerns about contract tampering and the ongoing lawsuit involving MLW prevented WWE from establishing direct contact.
Maintaining their existing roles, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks will retain their positions as AEW Executive Vice Presidents. This not only signifies their commitment but also underscores their integral role in shaping AEW’s growth and vision.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Tony Khan expressed his satisfaction with the contract extensions, highlighting the continued significance of these talents in driving AEW’s success.
“The Elite have been so important to the launch of AEW, with the Young Bucks going all in when I first approached them in 2018 about my dream to create an international pro wrestling promotion
“Shortly after that, their partners and closest friends Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page joined us to formally launch All Elite Wrestling.
“All four of them have been instrumental to AEW’s success from the very first episode of Dynamite in 2019 through the present day.
“Now, as we celebrate tonight’s 200th episode of Dynamite, I’m excited to share that Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Adam Page will all be staying in AEW for years to come.
“We look forward to celebrating the great news with fans around the world.”
“Our original goal was to create a wrestling alternative and give a platform to talented people that we’d all felt deserved a spotlight.
“I feel like we did our best in that time, and hopefully some people you’d never heard of pre-AEW are folks you enjoy watching today.
“Or if you knew them from their previous work elsewhere, have maybe found a new appreciation for them.
“That feeling, combined with the feeling of knowing they can provide for themselves and their family doing what they love, was always the biggest reward of being an EVP/founder.”
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