AEW Star Marko Stunt, who is one of the company’s most beloved talent as well as one of the company’s fastest rising and brightest stars, made his AEW debut at the first-ever Double Or Nothing PPV on May 25th, 2019. He last competed for AEW on the October 4 episode of Dark: Elevation, when he teamed with Fuego del Sol for a lost to Shawn Spears and Wardlow. Prior to that, Stunt faced Serpentico in a one-on-one match on the October 5 episode of Dark and came out of the match on the losing end.
Marko Stunt would take to Twitter last January and reveal that he is now accepting indie bookings and that he is ready to compete in countries outside of the United States. It was revealed at the time on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Stunt is still under contract to AEW and that he’s still being paid by the company, despite having been off of AEW TV for a number of months and unlike the WWE, who does mass releases, AEW is trying to be different by only releasing talents for disciplinary reasons, but All Elite Wrestling will not be renewing contracts of talents who has their deals coming up, most especially if they aren’t being used.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter also stated that this doesn’t necessarily mean the company will not be renewing Marko Stunt’s AEW deal once it expires, which according to PWInsider.com is set to happen soon, but it was pointed out that Stunt not being present at the time that Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus of Jurassic Express became the AEW World Tag Team Champions by defeating The Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) was really significant and that could turn out to be a massive contributing factor to whether or not they re-sign him as there have been merchandise designs pitched for Jurassic Express, but Stunt was not featured in any on those designs.
Fightful Select recently provided an update, where it was stated that Marko Stunt’s contract with AEW is set to expire by May, which is the same time the company has several other talent contracts coming to an end and that aside from Marko Stunt currently still being under contract to AEW despite him not appearing backstage on shows or being used on TV, he is still very much a part of the company. It has been mentioned that Stunt expressed his willingness to prove himself and remain with AEW, but there’s no word yet on how officials will respond to that. Joey Janela, who recently confirmed that he is set to leave AEW when his contract expires, mentioned in the exact same interview that AEW officials have “ghosted” Stunt the same way they “ghosted” him.
There’s still a big possibility that AEW re-signs Marko Stunt, but with their roster being so stacked right now and AEW continuing to sign new stars, it is believed that several departures will be coming in the next few months. The company doesn’t intend to announce their departures, but will instead let their talents’ contracts quietly expire. There’s also a possibility that the company will bring Marko Stunt as well as other wrestlers sometime in the future to work with the promotion for a one-off only type of deal or something to that degree, but that remains to be seen.