The Top Guys are out…at least it seems that way for now.
Earlier today, we posted quotes from a recent interview with Jim Ross on Busted Open Radio where he stated that Vince McMahon recently offered an undercard wrestler $500,000 per year to stay with the company. Ross noted that the offer was made to keep the wrestler off the board (ie. away from competition like All Elite Wrestling).
Fightful reports that a similar offer was made to The Revival but they have not accepted… at least not yet. A $500,000 per year offer is not the usual amount offered to mid or lower card wrestlers in WWE but that is what is being done to keep wrestlers from jumping to AEW.
It’s no secret that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder haven’t been happy with how they’ve been booked since they were brought up to the main roster and they asked for their release in January. Their request was denied but the company let them (and others) know that there were plans in the works to beef up the tag team division. Since that time, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder have become the Raw Tag Team Champions but many would argue that the booking has not improved much with wrestlers trading wins and losses every week.
The situation with Wilder and Dawson could change but it’s worth noting that several wrestlers are looking at other options when their contracts expire. I’m told The Revival’s contracts expire in early 2020 so there is still plenty of time for a deal to be worked out.
On the SmackDown Live side of things, many expect Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to leave when their contracts expire around September. Dean Ambrose is already done with WWE and legally able to sign with any company. Tye Dillinger, Dustin Rhodes and KENTA (Hideo Itami) were granted their releases while others like Sasha Banks, Luke Harper, Mike and Maria Kanellis are being forced to work through the remainder of their contracts before they can talk with another company.