While WWE is not opposed to offering big money deals to re-sign top talent, a new report reveals that Vince McMahon considers no-cut contracts “non-negotiable.”
The hiring and firing policies of WWE have been under heavy scrutiny lately. Since 2020, over 100 talents have been released while others are signing new deals with the company. WWE has reportedly made moves to keep some of its wrestlers whose contracts are expiring, and where these talents end up is a constant source of speculation.
However, one of the things that seems to be off the table is the option of a no-cut clause in these contracts, meaning that talent who choose to stay with the company cannot guarantee that they’ll be immune from potentially being released if budget cuts or other reasons rear their head in the future.
While a no-cut clause would certainly prove a valuable negotiating tactic for the company, a new report from Fightful Select reveals why this is not currently an option.
According to the report, there has been discussion within the company about no-cut clauses, and there are several people of influence who would be open to the idea – but talent has been told the issue is non-negotiable at this time. The report notes that Vince McMahon specifically is “adamantly against it.”
WWE made moves in 2019 to re-sign many of its roster members, offering huge money contracts in the process. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, mass releases became a regular occurrence with the company citing “budget cuts” as its reasoning.
Despite no-cut contracts being off the table, some stars such as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have chosen to stay with the company, while Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole have found a new home in AEW. It remains to be seen where Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly end up after their contracts recently expired, but speculation abounds about both performers.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have been prominently featured on WWE TV recently, with Kevin Owens challenging for the WWE Championship in a fatal four way match at the upcoming Day One pay-per-view.