– As previously reported, an online rumor stated that WWE Superstars and former Raw tag team champions, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, plan to leave WWE and go elsewhere after their contracts expire in September. In fact, they reportedly turned down multi-million dollar contract offers from WWE to stay under the World Wrestling Entertainment banner. Dave Meltzer commented on the story on The Wrestling Observer Radio this week. He stated that Gallows and Anderson were offered new deals and did not sign them.
Meltzer stated on Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson turning down the offer: “A lot of people haven’t signed, and they’re two of them. The story is essentially accurate. They didn’t sign. They were offered. As far as what’s going to happen with them, there’s months until this happens. The Usos are due a lot quicker than they are. There’s not a secret there’s a spot for tag teams to be pushed to the main event level somewhere else. And Gallows and Anderson are friends with those guys [AEW].”
He also added on Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson: “Without the competition [AEW], they’re probably offered a lot less money too. From the company [WWE}, they probably wouldn’t even be talking to them for the next three or four months or even worry about it. But now, they want everyone signed as quickly as possible. I don’t know what the offer was, but I do know from other people that they’ve done things in a sense of, ‘We’ll offer you real, big money, but you got to sign it now,’ to get people to not turn it down because they just want those — and that insinuation, if you don’t take it this minute, you’re going to lose this chance for this real, big money, which I don’t buy. When push comes to shove, come contract time, they’re gonna want them even more.”
He continued: “If something happens between now and September, where AEW isn’t a success, your leverage goes down. If something happens between now and September, where AEW picks up steam, if I’m a betting man and I’m going to roll the dice, I’m going to bet in that direction. I mean, things can happen. There’s no way of knowing for sure. I think the minute the TV deal is actually signed, I think that everyone’s leverage goes up, so this is a good time just not to sign. I think that’s just logic.”
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