For the first time in its short history, AEW sees the other side of free agency. At the launch of All Elite Wrestling in 2019, Tony Khan’s promotion was pretty much a one-way street, with dozens of free agents flocking to the startup company and signing three-year deals. As 2022 rolled around, a number of those original contracts expired, leaving AEW with the option to renegotiate or let their talent run. Stars like Joey Janela and Marko Stunt experienced the latter, while co-founder Cody Rhodes chose to decline Khan’s offers and return to WWE.
Rhodes remains the one true AEW-to-WWE defector, but more may soon follow. Talking to Steve Fall for WrestlingNewsPremiumAEW coach Arn Anderson revealed that his son’s AEW contract expires in May.
“Brock has about… I think he’ll be over in May, and then I’ll be another year out,” said Arn.
While not speaking for Brock, Arn emphasized that he is personally happy in AEW.
“I’m really enjoying myself. I really enjoy working for the company and I’m definitely going to get that last year,” continued Arn. “What they have for Brock and me together in the future, I don’t know.”
Brock Anderson has been an active member of the AEW roster since the summer of 2021. Brock has represented The Nightmare Family and tagged with then stablemates Cody Rhodes, Lee Johnson and Dustin Rhodes on a number of occasions. Since Rhodes left for WWE, The Nightmare Family has been quietly scattered, leaving the Andersons with no apparent role on television.
Regardless of what the deep future holds, Arn stressed his appreciation for the fact that his next year is guaranteed.
“I look at things and always go all the way back to WCW when contracts came out,” added Arn. “When you get a guaranteed contract, your wife has the luxury of planning your life because they’re doing it anyway. To know a lot of time and it’s not something that won’t change and stuff, you can map out your life. That almost gives me another year and a half to help Brock in any way I can.