It’s no secret that WWE falters on utilizing some of their most capable talents, but now with billionaire-funded All Elite Wrestling on the horizon, WWE superstars are making departures from their place of employment in hopes of finding employment elsewhere (presumably at AEW).
For weeks now, we’ve heard of rumors that certain superstars are extremely unhappy with how they’ve been booked, and are asking to be released from their contractual obligations. Former 2-time tag team champions: The Revival have been rumored to leave for quite some time now. They’ve always tweeted how they plan on facing the world’s most famous tag team, The Young Bucks, but reports have shown that they’ve been seriously looking to look to hit the old dusty trail.
Another pair that was rumored to be looking to take their leave was Maria and Mike Kanellis. The duo debuted at Money In the Bank in 2017, and have been featured on TV probably less than 10 times. Maria took maternity leave soon after for her pregnancy, and Mike was attending rehab for addiction, to which he’s been sober for over 18 months. They re-debuted on the cruiserweight show, 205 Live, but for reasons unknown, I don’t think they made more than a few appearances.
It should be noted, however, that Maria made a post on Instagram, allegedly squashing this rumor in stating that this was untrue.
What is not untrue is the news we received last night of Hideo Itami. Hideo has asked for and been granted his request. According to PWI, he hasn’t yet been given his actual release (though he will very soon) and will be subject to a 90-day non-compete clause. Hideo, or KENTA who he is once again going by tweeted this out last night:
The most shocking, and hardest news under this umbrella is that Dean Ambrose has told Vince McMahon that he will not be re-signing with the WWE after his contract is up in April.
“Dean Ambrose (Jonathan Good) will not be renewing his contract with WWE when it expires in April.https://www.wwe.com/article/dean-ambrose-not-renewing-wwe-contract
We are grateful and appreciative of all that Dean has given to WWE and our fans. We wish him well and hope that one day Dean will return to WWE.”
Ambrose turned down a 5-year deal where he would receive 7 figures each year. He doesn’t care about the money, he’s just unhappy. His feud with Seth Rollins should have set him on fire, but instead, he took a literal shot to the asscheek one week on RAW and it deflated his momentum.
This is becoming more common as AEW gets closer to its first show, and more talent is announced for the brand. The fact that a big hitter like Dean Ambrose, a main eventer, a grand slam champion, a member of the SHIELD is making his departure is telling of the climate professional wrestling is approaching.
With Roman being out on leave battling leukemia, this is the last picture of the SHIELD:
Only one remains.