That doesn’t sound very nice. WWE is the biggest wrestling company in the world and it really isn’t close competition. That makes them incredibly successful, but at the same time it puts a lot of eyes on every single thing that they do. Fans are going to hear about WWE more than any other promotion in the world and there is nothing that is going to change that. This means that what happens to the wrestlers gets more attention than anything else and sometimes that is not a good thing.
During this year, a growing number of WWE wrestlers have tried to get out of their contracts and go elsewhere. While WWE has not allowed any of them out of their contracts yet, some of them have found out that their contracts have been extended due to time missed for injuries. This was the case with Luke Harper, who missed several months due to time spent recovering from wrist surgery. As it turns out, this is not as cut and dry as it may seem on paper.
Yeah this guy with the wrist. Check out him as part of a really cool video series that WWE started and then dropped:
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, various wrestlers did not know that their contracts are being extended in the case of an injury. This is due to a majority of wrestlers not having a lawyer or an agent look over the deal before they sign it. Therefore, several wrestlers believe that their contracts are up and then find out that they have addition time before their deal is up. These are not new details in the contracts but rather something that the wrestlers did not know about when they signed the deals.
Opinion: This is one of those situations where WWE may seem like villains but the wrestlers did sign the deals. At the same time, it is a bit unfair to WWE to pay these wrestlers to sit at home with injuries when they can’t be used. Now that being said, it doesn’t come off as the most positive things in the eyes of the fans. WWE has a lot of these wrestlers sitting at home and doing nothing in the first place when they want out, but WWE would rather keep them around than letting them go elsewhere. It is within WWE’s rights to do so and the wrestlers should look more closely at their deals, but it does not make WWE look very friendly.
Should WWE let these wrestlers go? What is next for Harper and company? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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