Former Cruiserweight Champion and producer Shane Helms has revealed, during an interview with WrestlingInc, that he understands why the company has decided to reportedly take control of its wrestler’s Twitch and Cameo accounts.
During the interview, Helms noted that while he gets that it certainly isn’t ideal for the performers involved, he understands why Vince McMahon and those within WWE made the decision:
“It’s one of those things that kind of sucks, but at the same time, [I’m] not be surprised,” Helms said. “I’m trying to look at both sides of the issue. I see the talents going, ‘hey, this will have nothing to do with it. This is our money,’ but then I also look at the promoter side of it, the guy who’s taking all the risks to build these people. It’s money. It’s his platform. A lot of these people, their name value exists on a platform that he created.”
Helms also spoke about the importance of social media in wrestling. He opened up about the importance of someone, if they are playing a heel on television, to also act like a heel on social media:
“If I want somebody to be a heel on my show but then on social media, all they’re doing is trying to do all this babyface stuff to attract babyface fans, which is going to be counterproductive to what I’m doing on their show. As a promotor, I can see going, ‘man, don’t these guys get it’ because I even did this when I did my Gregory Helms turn on SmackDown. My social media became heel. I didn’t want the fans then.”
Shane Helms isn’t the only former WWE star to open up about the company’s new edict. A former WWE Champion took issue with WWE’s new ruling on social media. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Thanks to Ringside News for the transcription.