The chances of AEW being canceled are low but the key thing is what happens when it comes time to negotiate a new TV deal. WarnerMedia may want to keep AEW but the money offer will be crucial because if AEW can get a higher rights fee then it opens the door for them to acquire more big names and for them to retain some of the big names they already have. MJF, for example, has his deal coming up on January 1, 2024 and he has been open about going to the highest bidder.
Meltzer noted that there were talents who were interested in going from AEW to WWE that were making main roster salaries but were told by friends in AEW to stay put until 2024 when the company would be able to budget far more for talent.
No word on who might be thinking about making the jump to WWE but in recent months, there have been reports about WWE being interested in names like Wardlow, MJF, and Jade Cargill once their deals are up. Wardlow and Cargill have indicated that they do not plan on leaving AEW. Wardlow stated that WWE had their chance to get him years ago and they passed on that opportunity and the same goes for Cargill.
WWE also had the chance to get MJF years ago and he sent in a video for Tough Enough but at the time they apparently did not think he was worth signing.