WWE reportedly face losing the legendary Rey Mysterio to rival promotion All Elite Wrestling.
Vince McMahon and his fellow chiefs would be loath to let the masked veteran leave – especially for the Tony Khan-backed company.
But according to the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer (h/t Ringside News), the poorly booked Mysterio would go there in “a heartbeat”.
Meltzer said: “I mean if they’re gonna treat him like this they’ll die if he goes to AEW.
“I mean he’ll go there in a heartbeat and they won’t abuse him there because those guys love him. So it’s kinda like, what are you doing?”
The respected wrestling journalist also added despite the former world champion’s current role being to put younger guys over, the way they have gone about doing that via a number of squash matches has cast serious doubt on the hugely-popular star.
Mysterio lost a clean sweep to Andrade in a 2-out-of-3 falls match on this week’s Monday Night Raw.
The 44-year-old only resigned full-time with WWE last year – but Forbes state it has a unique opt-out clause after 18 months.
That would arise around the time of Wrestlemania 36 in April 2020.
The formation of AEW has shaken up the business over the past year and has led to WWE tying down a number of their performers with new deals.
Dean Ambrose, aka Jon Moxley, and Tye Dillinger, aka Shawn Spears, were two stars to leave WWE to join AEW.
Now McMahon is trying to ensure he has all of his top stars on long-term contracts to avoid the risk of losing them.
Roman Reigns is the latest, with the company confirming his new contract this week.
Last month Braun Strowman announced he had penned a new five-year extension.
That came after reports the legendary Undertaker had agreed a "contract for life" with WWE.
And Reigns, who is now following The Rock and John Cena into Hollywood, will no doubt have agreed a similar length.
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