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2 WWE Main Roster Superstars Moving To New Promotion, Report Says
Two WWE main roster superstars have reportedly agreed to join a new wrestling promotion when their contracts expire.
Earlier this month, it was revealed All Elite Wrestling, LLC had filed trademarks for a new wrestling promotion headed by Tony Khan, co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"According to the trademark filings, All Elite Wrestling, LLC is based out of Jacksonville, FL," the report read. "That would also align with the rumors about the Khan family being involved. ... All Elite Wrestling, LLC is registered to an address at 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive in Jacksonville. That address just happens to be the address of the stadium for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The stadium is owned by Shad Khan."
Rumors further stated the likes of former WWE champion Chris Jericho, commentator Jim Ross, The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Marty Scurll, Hangman Page and Kenny Omega would all be a part of the new promotion.
Jericho and Ross were notably rumored to be starting a new promotion last month, but both denied such reports.
However, these trademark filings seem to indicate something is definitely in motion. And, according to an exclusive by WrestleTalk, the promotion is already beginning their recruitment of top stars.
"WrestleTalk can exclusively reveal via our industry sources that at least two WWE main roster stars have been informally approached about signing with the new group once their contracts expire," the report read. "We understand that both have provisionally accepted the proposed deal and will depart WWE in April at the latest."
"Furthermore, our sources note that although the trademarks have been registered, the confirmation of the deal relies on the proposed promotion getting a financially worthwhile television or streaming deal and should only be considered '50/50' at this stage."
There was no indication as to who the two superstars could be, but one guess could be former WWE champion AJ Styles.
The 41-year-old recently dropped his title last week, something he advocated for, and is currently in negotiations over a new deal with his contract expiring in April.
He is said to want a reduced schedule due to the time he has spent away from his family, though it's uncertain if the WWE will oblige to his demands.
A recent report revealed that depending on how contract talks go, Styles could be set for a reduced role heading into Wrestlemania season next month, so that certainly makes things interesting with this new rumor.
Styles also used to wrestle with the likes of The Young Bucks and Omega during their time at New Japan Pro Wrestling while his first big feud in the WWE was with Jericho.
Regardless, a new wrestling promotion that could seriously challenge the WWE is something many have wanted for years ever since the company bought out its longtime rival WCW back in 2001.