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Possible Reason Behind Randy Orton Teasing A Jump To AEW

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 22, 1989) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1989’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

The Bushwhackers vs. Boris Zhukov & Dale Wolfe

“Widow Maker” Barry Windham vs. Warren Bianchi

Jim Duggan vs. The Brooklyn Brawler

The Honky Tonk Man vs. Scott Hawkins

The Ultimate Warrior vs. Brian Costello

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Tony Burton

Haku vs. Randy Larson

• Possible Reason Behind Randy Orton Teasing A Jump To AEW

As we noted earlier, 13 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton trolled the fans by teasing a jump to All Elite Wrestling by posting the following on Instagram:


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tick tock tick tock @scottdawsonwwe @dashwilderwwe @thislukeharper @riddickmoss @americannightmarecody @chrisjerichofozzy @iameliaswwe

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This led to AEW World Champion Chris Jericho commenting the following under this post:

“Send in a tape and some pix and I’ll see what I Can do….?”

According to Fightful, Orton’s 10 year contract with WWE will expire next summer:

“Shortly after the post, Fightful began receiving inquiries from WWE talent and employees about Orton, who volunteered up information that as of right now, Orton’s WWE deal is up next summer. He was reported to have signed a 10 year deal in 2010, but considering a number of variables, the length of the deal could have always changed.”

With that being said, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Orton could be trying to get a huge money deal in his next contract, which could end up being his final contract with WWE as an in-ring performer:

“He’s playing the game…and he should. I mean he’s fixing to get a lot, a lot, a lot of money right now if his contract’s up. What is he? 39 Years old right now? So, this is the time to get that last big contract because I don’t know…well, he’s probably one of those guys who will want to work a minimal schedule and WWE’s giving him a minimal schedule, you know he’s not out there killing himself.

[AEW] is a better schedule. I think AEW would grab him in a heartbeat. I guess because of his name value he would be considered a big coup, but it’s not like… I don’t know if that’s the right move, but it’s a hard one to turn down.”

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