And there’s the next step. One of the more interesting stories of the year has been WWE cracking down on its wrestlers being involved with third party platforms. This includes thins like Cameo, but more importantly Twitch, which has become a rather nice side business for WWE. That has allowed some wrestlers to gain a following outside of the ring, but also a lot of money, which has caught WWE’s attention. Now the company is doing something about it.
This is the kind of a situation which has set off quite the discussion in WWE. The argument becomes whether the company or the wrestlers themselves are responsible for the success. It is a case where you can see both sides, but it is a little hard to get around the idea that the wrestlers are independent contractors when they have these restrictions put on them. Things have gotten even more interesting in a new move.
According to Wrestlinginc.com, WWE will be taking over the wrestlers’ Twitch accounts in four weeks. The wrestlers will still receive a portion of the revenue from the accounts, though the money will count against their downside guarantee. It is not clear what will happen to any such accounts should a wrestlers associated with an account if they leave WWE.
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Opinion: I’m not sure what this is going to mean for WWE but I don’t think they are going to come off that well in the court of public opinion. This comes off as WWE again taking away something that the wrestlers have built up, but at the same time, there is a very valid argument to make that the wrestlers would not be able to have their audience without the WWE. It is likely going to make sense from a legal perspective, but it isn’t going to sit well.
What will this mean for WWE? How will they come out looking from the whole thing? 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!