You’d have thought that being an “independent contractor” in WWE would mean that you could pretty much do what you wanted, as long as it didn’t directly affect the terms of your contract.
However, if you remember that the chairman of WWE is Vince McMahon, then it may all make a lot more sense to hear that the promotion has decided that it now owns the third party accounts of all of its wrestlers.
This has mostly affected the Twitch and Cameo accounts of WWE stars, who will no longer receive direct revenue from either platform, despite it having nothing to do with WWE.
WWE has ruled that no accounts have to be deleted, but WWE must be informed if any star has, or intends to create a new third party account.
According to Dave Meltzer, WWE stars are “livid” with the new ruling, but wrote that no-one is willing to speak up about it in fear of causing further issues.
Wrestlers with higher downsides rely on house shows, merch and third party platforms to earn extra money on top of what they are contracted by WWE, and the news that WWE will be seizing the money earned from these third party platforms will have come as a very nasty surprise, especially as there have been barely any house shows this year.
WWE posted record profits earlier this year, so are clearly short of money.