It’s no secret now that WWE wanted to sign the members of The Elite. What we didn’t know is just how desperate those at Titan Towers were to see the likes of Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and “Hangman” Adam Page sign for them.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, here are the rather juicy terms The Elite members turned down to start their own venture:
“The problem was the success of All In changed the value structure. Paul Levesque worked hard at getting all four into WWE. Page was offered main roster money to work NXT, where he’d have been pushed as one of its top stars. The Bucks & Cody were offered strong deals. The Bucks deal was for money roughly the same as WWE champion A.J. Styles, which would have also included BTE being made a regular weekly show on the WWE Network, as well as something I’ve never heard WWE concede on, which was a six-month window where they could have left their three-year contract if they wanted and weren’t happy with their push.”
As we all saw, negotiations between The Elite and WWE were incorporated into one of Being The Elite’s storylines revolving around a mysterious ‘H’ figure. Despite the obvious jibes the likes of Matt and Nick Jackson sent WWE’s way, this seemingly hasn’t harmed how the upper echelons of those in WWE view them – here’s another report from Meltzer in the WON:
“Those who work in WWE with knowledge of the deal were certain they wouldn’t turn it down, and outright told me that they would be debuting at the Rumble, and had a Rumble-to-Mania significant storyline. But they had roughly 12 hours of talks with Levesque – who they heavily praised in how he handled everything – in particular seeing the comedy aspect in the skit they did where they superkicked Kazarian dressed up as him over-and-over in what was the public turning down of the offer on BTE.”