Triple H Reportedly Offered The Elite “A Ton” Of Money To Join WWE

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Before the creation of AEW, Triple H offered The Elite “a ton” of cash to join WWE according to Matt Hardy.

2018 was an important year for the wrestling industry as the sport became the most popular it has been since WWE bought WCW in 2001 and ended the Monday Night Wars.

At the time, Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling were more popular than they had ever been, in no small part thanks to the success of The Elite in both promotions. The Young Bucks popularised tag team wrestling while Kenny Omega’s series of matches with Kazuchika Okada brought NJPW much more attention from outside Japan.

That year, The Elite, which by then also included former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes and current AEW World Champion Hangman Adam Page, had big decisions to make about where to take their careers.

According to Matt Hardy on his new podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, Triple H led WWE’s attempt to sign the group, and offered big money to secure their services for WWE.

“But I do know that Triple H, Trips was all over those guys as far as trying to bring them [The Elite] in, and they offered them a ton of money.”

However, instead of opting for the easy route of joining WWE, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks decided to risk it all by self-funding the independent All In event in September 2018. The show featured some of the best independent talent as well as wrestling stars from ROH and NJPW and was a massive success for all concerned.

This show and The Elite deciding to continue their wrestling journey as a group soon led to the creation of All Elite Wrestling which was announced on New Year’s Day 2019.

H/T to Ringside News for the above transcription.