In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that a big story to keep an eye on this year will be the futures of The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes when their current Ring of Honor deals expire.
The Observer notes that all four men’s contracts with ROH expire at the end of this year, and while each one of them has said in the past that they have no interest in going to WWE, it will be interesting to see what decision they make if WWE offers them big money.
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The report points to WWE likely making big offers to the ROH and NJPW standouts as a way of putting a halt to the growing business of ROH and NJPW, and while NJPW has certainly positioned Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks as keys to their global expansion in the future, WWE can always make a much bigger money offer to the talents compared to what NJPW can offer.
Factors that will weigh into any decision made by Omega, Rhodes and The Bucks include working fewer dates for ROH/NJPW than WWE, having more say in their creative direction outside of WWE, but the major contracts they could sign with WWE could likely never be matched by any other wrestling promotion.
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