The world of professional wrestling is once again buzzing with rumors and speculation as several notable names find themselves in the midst of contract talks and potential moves. Let’s dive into the latest developments on CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Jade Cargill, LA Knight, Edge, and Drew McIntyre.
WWE’s Perspective on CM Punk vs. Cody Rhodes Signing
While CM Punk’s recent free-agent status could potentially shake the wrestling world, it appears that WWE’s internal excitement is more reserved than it was for another former AEW star, Cody Rhodes. The buzz surrounding Rhodes’ return to WWE last year, culminating in a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 38, created significant anticipation within the company.
Rhodes has since solidified his position as one of WWE’s top talents, winning the 2023 men’s Royal Rumble match and challenging Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39. In contrast, the reception to CM Punk’s potential signing is notably more muted, though not entirely dismissed.
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WWE insiders have not ruled out the possibility of signing Punk, particularly if it aligns with “good business.” Punk’s history with WWE is complex, marked by a less-than-amicable departure in 2014 and candid critiques upon joining AEW in 2021. Concerns about locker room dynamics, given Punk’s past backstage issues in AEW, may be influencing WWE’s cautious approach.
Nevertheless, the undeniable star power and potential for blockbuster matches make Punk’s signing an intriguing prospect worth considering.
WWE’s Pursuit of Jade Cargill Takes Center Stage
WWE’s interest in acquiring Jade Cargill has been an open secret for some time. Reports suggest that WWE has been eyeing Cargill since July, and it now appears that she may be on the verge of joining the company after three years with AEW.
While details are still emerging, it’s believed that Cargill’s WWE contract has expired, paving the way for her to make the move to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. WWE creative has reportedly been hard at work, viewing Cargill’s potential arrival as a significant development.
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Despite her limited in-ring experience before joining AEW in 2020, Cargill quickly ascended to stardom. Her record-setting undefeated streak of 60-0 and reign as the inaugural TBS champion showcased her remarkable athleticism, charisma, and marketable presence.
With potential still untapped, refining her in-ring skills could elevate Cargill to the same echelon as WWE’s top female Superstars.
Contract Negotiations Heat Up: LA Knight, Drew McIntyre, and Edge
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Contract negotiations can often be contentious, and WWE finds itself at an impasse with three prominent stars: LA Knight, Drew McIntyre, and Edge.
LA Knight, amid a significant push and crowd-pleasing performances, had been on the verge of finalizing a new deal with WWE. However, recent reports suggest that the two parties are still “not close on money.”
Drew McIntyre’s contract status has been a subject of ongoing speculation. With an extension that extends to April 2024, there has been no shortage of rumors surrounding his future in WWE.
Edge, a WWE Hall of Famer, has confirmed that his contract is set to expire at the end of September. While there were initial reports of disagreements, Edge has clarified that WWE offered an extension, and his decision remains uncertain.
These negotiations take place against the backdrop of WWE’s commitment to securing key talent. As main-event caliber performers, the stakes are high, and WWE will undoubtedly work diligently to secure their futures within the company.