Why Komander Signed With AEW, Instead Of WWE

Hamish Woodward

Mexican superstar Komander recently signed full-time with AEW, after a series of impressive matches in the promotion.

The Lucha Libre star had previously wrestled Sammy Guevara, and taken part in a multi-man ladder match, before his loss to Jay White on AEW Dynamite this week.

While he lost to the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion in a four-star match, Komander was announced as the latest signing by All Elite Wrestling.

Komander also wrestled on the later ROH Supercard of Honor pay per view, opening the show against AAA Mega Champion El Hijo Del Vikingo.

He lost the bout, but gained the eyes of millions of AEW and ROH fans, all across the world.

However, it may be interesting to note that WWE also offered a deal to Komander to sign for their NXT promotion.

WWE recently signed Dragon Lee, and also made a play for AEW’s Bandido, in an attempt to build up their stock of talent lucha stars in the promotion.

However, Komander chose instead to join Tony Khan, and Dave Meltzer thinks there is a very good reason Komander signed for AEW.

Writing in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer claimed that that the guaranteed money offered by AEW was the difference maker, over the WWE’s contracts, which are more based on bonuses for working instead of money straight-up.

“Komander really made sense because AEW generally offers far more to guys of that level as WWE would be expected to put him on an NXT deal with the idea that if you do make the main roster you’ll get good money, and there’s no guarantee of that main roster, and probably not for years,”

Komander is likely to be a big part of the AEW roster in the upcoming months, especially with a brand split set to occur when CM Punk makes his return to the promotion.

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