The Undertaker
The Undertaker is not scheduled to appear at WrestleMania 35. In this picture, Undertaker recovers during his fight against Brock Lesner at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn in New York City, Aug. 23, 2015. JP Yim/Getty Images

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) the newest pro-wrestling promotion is continuing to turn heads and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are considering them a genuine threat with CEO Vince McMahon said to be "worried" about the new company poaching many of the superstars currently on their roster.

While Cody Rhodes, a former WWE star, holds the executive vice-president role with AEW, Chris Jericho, a long-time WWE loyalist, was their first signing after launching in 2019. The veteran pro-wrestler has then gone on to praise the new promotion and with claims of getting his biggest contract yet, he has turned the heads of all pro-wrestlers toward AEW.

Jericho has proven that pro-wrestlers now have an alternative if they want to secure a lucrative deal as it is not only WWE that is now able to pay hefty wages. AEW is backed by Pakistani American billionaire Shahid Khan, who has deeper pockets than the McMahon’s.

WWE will be, at least for the coming years, the most popular wrestling promotion in the world and have been so since WCW folded in 2001. But AEW emergence as an alternative option and them trying to prize away some of their biggest stars has made the flagship promotion take notice.

A number WWE superstars like AJ Styles, tag-team duo the Usos and Dean Ambrose are reaching the end of their contracts in April and are yet to agree new deals. AEW is aware of the situation and they are expected to make approaches in order to lure them to jump ship when their deal expires.

The latter among the aforementioned trio has already confirmed his exit, but WWE are still hopeful of convincing Ambrose to accept a new deal with a considerable pay increase and limited schedule. Styles has been the face of WWE’s SmackDown Live brand in recent years and continues to be one of the most popular among the WWE Universe – the fans.

A number of smaller stars and the tag-team division have been getting a push with WWE chairman Vince McMahon eager to ensure the superstars do not think of jumping ship. The Usos won the SmackDown tag-team titles at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday, while Finn Balor was triumphant in his Intercontinental title handicap match against Bobby Lashley and Leo Rush.

According to Fox Sports, Jimmy Uso, the twin brother of Jey Uso, purposely got himself arrested recently in order to get fired from the WWE. He along with wife Naomi, who is also part of the women’s division of the franchise were caught driving on the wrong side of the road. They are said to be aware of AEW’s interest.

Meanwhile, all the talk during the weekend about The Undertaker having retired from the WWE and in-ring competition has been dismissed by PW Insider’s Mike Johnson. It is claimed that "the phenom", arguably one of the greatest of all time, is still very much part of the WWE but is allowed to take bookings not related to WWE.

Undertaker is not booked for fights at WrestleMania 35 in April or the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he is doing the Starrcast event, which is taking place in Las Vegas one day before AEW’s first major show ‘Double or Nothing’ and that led to speculation about his exit from the world’s most popular wrestling promotion, it said.