WWE are always scouring other promotions and the independent scene for the best talent to fill their rosters out, but they're not always successful.
And that was the case this past month as they tried to lure Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks from New Japan Pro Wrestling.
It's no secret that WWE were in talks with the Bucks, Cody and Kenny Omega, but all of them aside from Omega decided to sign with their new independent promotion All Elite Wrestling, with Omega yet to make up his mind about where he's heading.
Whilst it's a risky move to go into business for themselves, they're being well-backed by the Khan family, who own Premier League club Fulham and NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And booking the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas for their first show in May is certainly a signal of intent.
There's been numerous reports of WWE superstars who are apparently contemplating leaving for pastures new, such as Mike Kanellis, The Revival and Dolph Ziggler, and you have to think that any of them could well turn up at AEW.
AEW may have never been a thing though if The Bucks [Matt and Nick Jackson] decided to make the jump to the WWE though, and Nick admitted that it's the closest they've ever came to signing for them.
For a moment, I thought that we would probably be going to WWE," admitted Nick to CBS Sports, per NoDQ.
"That was the closest that it’s ever come to us going there, for sure. And they were great. They were respectful, and they told us what our value was.
"I think it was really like a wake-up call for us. It was almost like, wow. It’s good to be wanted. These guys, they’re teaching us we are valuable and we’re worth this much.
"It was definitely something we were considering, and it was hard to turn down, because it would have been life-changing.”
And Matt seconded Nick's words by giving the utmost of respects to WWE for the way they handled themselves during negotiations.
“We just had to do the best thing for our families," stated Matt.
"We’re family men, and we just want to take care of them, and we want to make the best decision, and we want to be home.
“But again, with WWE, they were pretty much willing to do anything. Any type of concern we had, they had something good to say about it and how they would fix it.
"I can’t stress enough how friendly and how great they were to us. And I have nothing but good things to say about them.”
With the respect being shown here, we can't see another Monday Night Wars-esque drama taking place, as it seems like there's good relations between both parties.
Never say never, though.News Now - Sport News