Multiple recently released WWE Superstars are reportedly asking the company to waive the 90-day non-compete clause attached to their agreements. The clause restricts former talent from competing for rival promotions for three months.
According to Fightful Select, several recently released talent have asked WWE to forego their non-compete clauses, “anywhere ranging from the entire duration, down to just a few days before their scheduled non-competes”.
The report states that WWE is receptive to this, with Andrade being the prime example. Andrade was released on March 21 but signed for AEW less than two months later, on June 5th.
However, other recently released wrestlers such as Chelsea Green, Mickie James and The IIconics, who WWE released on April 15, are all some weeks away from being able to appear for other promotions. Green specifically, is regularly counting down the days until she is able to wrestle again.
The option for talent to jump to new companies is on the rise.
AEW, NJPW, IMPACT, ROH and NWA are regularly updating and adding talent to their rosters. Therefore the chance for released WWE talent to ply their trade elsewhere has greatly increased. If the reports are accurate, wrestling fans could see Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, and Ruby Riott sooner than first thought.