One of the big stories to look for in the next couple of months is what Randy Orton decides to do when his WWE contract expires.
As many of you saw earlier this week, Orton teased jumping to All Elite Wrestling and he tagged several wrestlers: Luke Harper, The Revival, Riddick Moss and Elias. He also tagged Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes, two of his long-time friends who happen to work for AEW.
Earlier this month on a video game stream, Orton talked about AEW and said that he liked the vibe and would like to work with Sammy Guevara.
For those of you wondering when Orton could make the jump, the last contract he signed was in January 2010. Dave Meltzer reported at the time that he signed a 10-year deal. This means that Orton could be a free agent by January 2020.
All of the current WWE contracts have a clause in them that allow WWE to add time to them if a wrestler is injured. That was not a clause that was in their contracts in 2010, which is why Orton’s deal does not extend beyond 10 years.
It will be interesting to see what his next move is. Obviously, WWE will want to keep him and they’ll likely offer him a ton of money to keep him from showing up on AEW Dynamite.
Orton seems to be a fan of AEW but all of this could just be a negotiating tactic to get more money out of WWE.
However, Orton’s sentiments about AEW feeling fresh and cool with a big show vibe is shared by many people in WWE. There are several WWE stars who have watched AEW and they are considering their options when their deals are up.