In an exclusive story published by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated it was revealed that Kenny Omega, “Hangman” Adam Page, and The Young Bucks all signed new, multi-year deals with AEW, keeping them there for the foreseeable future.
In addition to their wrestling contracts, Omega, Matt, and Nick Jackson will also retain their roles as Executive Vice Presidents.
Omega told SI that he was careful to weigh out all the options and was open-minded to all possibilities but he believes that with AEW, he has the freedom to pursue other passions he has in life, “which, after nearly 25 years in the ring, have become more and more important to me.”
Matt Jackson said that The Elite are the “E” in AEW and no matter what changes AEW undergoes, they remain the DNA of the company.
“As far as my own personal stories, I’ll have enough to retell my grandchildren for a lifetime. And much of those stories can be about how I helped create a massively successful wrestling company where all of your favorites can be seen on live television every week,” Matt said.
His brother Nick admitted that the AEW schedule was a major reason why he opted to stay and having a wife and three kids it was important that he sees them as much as possible.
“I’m not going to lie, the money was a huge factor, too,” he added, noting that they could have made big memories in WWE but at this point in his life, making memories with his family is more important.
Page also echoed Nick’s statement about the schedule, saying the AEW schedule allows him to be home with his family for the majority of the week and the pay is good too.
“AEW emerging as a legitimate wrestling company has helped drive up bargaining power for wrestlers and others who work in the industry,” Page said. Making a long-term commitment to a still-growing AEW I felt was the best way I could help continue that progress.”