Contract season is underway, but it never really stops for WWE.
After offering some huge money deals in 2019 with competition stepping up, WWE has scaled back many offers according to Fightful Select's sources.
As reported on Select:
Several new contracts were offered in mid-late 2020 that were said to be "disappointing" in comparison to those handed out last year. In 2019, WWE was handing out huge money contracts in an effort to retain talent with all of the money being spent in wrestling. Since the pandemic started, many within WWE have told us the company is out of "talent hoarding" mode. As a result, many of the contract offers were well below what was offered last year. This has led at least a half dozen talent to shuffle their feet or outright pass on signing new deals presented to them. Some that Fightful have spoken with have said they're opting to wait until things get "more normal" to improve their situation. WWE has been said to be open to this, as well. We've heard of names across each brand that this applies to.
WWE released a host of talent in 2020, include many they'd held on to even after asking for their releases.
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