Can you blame them? One of the most important aspects to a wrestler’s career is interacting with the fans in some way. Different wrestlers are going to go about this in different ways but it can make all the difference in the world in some situations. There are some wrestlers who are going to go above and beyond with the idea, but now WWE wrestlers are losing control over a platform they can use to interact with fans. Some aren’t happy about it and they are giving it up all together.
One of the most controversial decisions that WWE has made this year has been their move to crack down on their wrestlers using Twitch. Various wrestlers have used the platform to communicate and interact with fans while also collecting some money from the service as a bonus. WWE did not like that and took over its wrestlers’ accounts as a result, which has not sat all that well. As a result, things are changing and it is not the best for the fans.
According to Fightful.com, AJ Styles, Cesaro and Mia Yim all signed off of their Twitch stream on Thursday, saying it was unclear when they would be streaming again. Both Cesaro and Styles cited changes in WWE’s policies and said they would say more when they learned more. This comes after WWE gave wrestlers a set time to hand over control of their accounts to WWE, who would also receive the income from these streams. The wrestlers would receive an unspecified portion, which would count towards the downside guarantees in their contracts. It is possible that other wrestlers will shut their streams down as well.
All three of these people can do something special in the ring. Check them out where you still can:
Opinion: This is going to be another situation where WWE is going to look like the villains. They seem to have seen something succeeding without them and want to grab it while they can, which is not the best look. I’m not sure how this is going to play out, but odds are it is going to include WWE-ized streams, with good, clean, WWE approved fun under their rules with them getting any money they can. It doesn’t look great for WWE, and I can’t imagine they care one bit.
What do you think of the situation? How will it play out? 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. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!