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Randy Orton signs multi-year deal with WWE



All of the Randy Orton to AEW rumors can be put to rest.

PWInsider is reporting that Orton has signed a multi-year deal. That was the word going around backstage at Raw on Monday in New York and a source confirmed to us a few minutes ago that he has indeed signed a new deal.

Orton's 10-year deal with the company was set to expire in a few months and there as a ton of speculation that he might consider going to AEW. The speculation was fueled by an Instagram post from Orton where he teased making the jump. Orton has also been complimentary of AEW and said that he'd love to work with Sammy Guevara. Many people in WWE felt that Orton's social media teases were being done to leverage more money from WWE and that has apparently worked for him. There are no details available on the terms of his deal but he is already working a limited scheduled compared to the rest of the roster so he will likely continue working the same (or less) amount of dates.

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Orton has been with the company since 2001 when he signed a developmental deal. He made his Monday Night Raw debut in 2002.

There are a few contracts coming due in the next few months, including The Revival. WWE would also like to keep them from leaving as a jump to AEW would be seen as a huge blow to WWE. Vince McMahon wants to avoid the perception that wrestlers in WWE are unhappy so he is offering much more money than would have been offered a year or so ago.