Taking to his Twitch stream yesterday, former Intercontinental and WWE Champion AJ Styles has commented on WWE’s new edict on third-party platforms.
On one of his more recent live streams, Styles spoke about how the initial communication talent got from Vince McMahon about their use of third-party platforms was “vague”. Here’s exactly what he had to say on the matter:
“From the contacts that I have and the information I have received, WWE wants us to interact with our fans and that includes streaming. They want you to have a YouTube channel. There are things they want you to do to interact with fans. The information we got was a little vague at first, but we’re going to get together and talk about what needs to happen.”
Styles then explained that he will still be able to use Twitch moving forward. He also noted that WWE stars will still be able to post content onto YouTube, although other platforms may be banned:
“There were some things going on that we knew we couldn’t do. We really knew. Times have changed and things have happened. There were no people in the arenas. It was a weird time and people were doing some things that were kind of borderline on what we could or could not do, and those things will be answered. Streaming is not one of those things that are being taken away. Neither is YouTube. I’m sure there will be changes to other areas. WWE wants us to stream and interact with our fans.”
Various reports have suggested that WWE told talent that they don’t only own their wrestling names, but also own their real names whole under contract with the company. During his stream, the former WWE Champion clarified who owns his name:
“Let me just let you guys know – I own my name. That’s how I’ve been able to use it no matter where I’ve been. I’ve given permission for WWE to use it as long as I’m with them. Therefore, it’s their property as long as I’m under contract.
“As I said before, WWE wants us to interact with you, the fans, so as far as I know, I can continue using my name for the stream, but it doesn’t matter to me. I can be whatever. I can be Allen Jones or Styles Clash, whatever – it’s not that big of a deal.”
Thankfully it seems like we are still going to be able to see the likes of Paige, Mia Yim, Zelina Vega, Xavier Woods and the aforementioned AJ Styles post content on either Twitch or YouTube moving forwards.
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.