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-PWTorch has confirmed that AEW has signed The Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix) to non-exclusive deals. Chris Jericho tweeted out that they had signed exclusive deals overnight last night. You can see his tweet below:
Just heard that @PENTAELZEROM & @ReyFenixMx have signed exclusively w @AEWrestling! Everybody is ao excited..except me. Both are pale comparisons to my mentors #NegroCasas, #BestiaSalvaje and #EmilioCharles. So stay the hell away from me…
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) February 2, 2019
The Young Bucks made a surprise appearance at an independent event held in Atlanta for McAloon Productions. At the event they completed a handshake deal with The Lucha Brothers to join AEW and Jericho tweeted out confirmation later in the night. You can see a clip from the segment between The Lucha Brothers and The Young Bucks below:
The Lucha Brothers will continue to work their other announced dates for other companies going forward. They are still under contract to Lucha Underground and AEW had to work around that contract to get a working agreement with Pentagon and Fenix according to PWTorch sources.
Additionally, The Lucha Brothers are expected to continue to work for CMLL and AAA in Mexico. They are the current tag team champions in MLW and Impact and are expected to continue working there according to Lucha Central.
Radican’s Analysis: There’s still some questions that aren’t answered yet as far as this story goes. Impact was offering a lot of money to Pentagon and Fenix while they were negotiating with AEW, so it will be interesting to see how those relationships play out in the coming months.
Another thing that might come into play is whether or not AEW and AAA form a working a relationship at some point and if that happens, how does that effect Impact. Also, it’s expected that AEW won’t start on TV for a long time, so it’s possible the current structure of their deal with AEW could allow them to work with other companies that have TV, but that’s unknown right now.
One source I spoke to believed that Pentagon and Fenix might have the power to continue to work with MLW and Impact if they wanted to. There’s a lot that will play out when it comes to Pentagon and Fenix in the coming months and exactly where they wrestle, but for now AEW has locked up the rights to two great wrestlers to utilize on their roster.