After it emerged that Kevin Owens’ WWE deal is expiring “sooner rather than later” speculation began to swirl about the contract status of his long-time friend and rival Sami Zayn.
On September 7th it was reported that Kevin Owens’ contract is due to expire in January 2022 and not in 2023 as it was originally believed.
After the news came to light, some fans picked up on posts from 2019 surmising that Sami Zayn’s contract expired in the Fall of 2021. In response, Fightful Select have issued an update from a source within WWE noting that Zayn’s contract is “Not up in the Fall.” The report adds that Zayn is yet to comment on his contract status.
Sami Zayn was last in action on the September 3rd edition of SmackDown. On the show Zayn defeated Dominik Mysterio.
While WWE were reportedly aware of Owens’ contract status, he is the latest in an ever-growing list of Superstars whose contract has become open to speculation.
Ahead of debuting with AEW, Adam Cole had been the subject of summer-long rumours after it emerged that his contract expired in July. Much to the surprise of WWE. While he stayed with the company until NXT TakeOver: 36, those within WWE were caught out by the situation. It was later reported that Pete Dunne was in a similar position.
Meanwhile, after being released by WWE, Malakai Black was able to sign with AEW just a month later. It came to light that this was due to his non-compete clause not being updated after he moved to the main roster from NXT.
It has recently been reported that there is “significant heat” in the company directed to those that it was felt were “falling asleep at the wheel” in regards to the detail and planning of NXT contracts in particular.