While there has been very little public and official discussion on the topic, World Wrestling Entertainment star AJ Styles said in a recent interview with Inside The Ropes that he and fellow stars Xavier Woods and Sasha Banks sat down with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to discuss the policy on using third-party platforms. As you may recall the WWE put a moratorium on contracted talent using third-party platforms such as Cameo, TikTok, Twitch, and YouTube earlier this year. The general consensus is that the company will shoehorn these activities under its branded channels on these platforms and collect a cut of the revenue from them as part of an adjusted contract.
Talent halted streaming activities across the board in October, save official channels such as Woods’ UpUpDownDown on YouTube. NXT stars are still streaming, likely because they have different contracts than main roster stars.
When asked about a meeting with WWE, Styles said, “Myself, Xavier Woods, and Sasha Banks had a sit-down meeting in Connecticut with Vince about this whole situation, and it was determined that it’s intellectual property, this is [points at his face].”
Styles went on to say that stars “do well” under their contracts, and that if there is an “opportunity to pay back” some of the money to WWE for what they do for superstars, “we probably should.”
Styles added that he is a team player, that McMahon is the captain, he’ll “follow his lead.”
“They’re working [on] it as we speak,” he said. “Will I be happy with it? Probably not. The opportunity to stream in the future is definitely wide-open. I obviously have the equipment, I just don’t have the opportunity to do that right now.”
WWE has not publicly commented on this policy since September.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said in October that he would take a closer look into how the WWE treats its employees, and talk with whoever is in charge of the Department of Labor if Joe Biden won the election.
Last month SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris issued a statement in support of helping WWE talent organize and protect their rights.
“Wrestling is as much about media as it is sports, and we are going to directly engage with members of this profession to help find ways for them to protect themselves,” Carteris said.
“As more people reinvest in unions, and as more working people are harassed by employers who don’t want to protect them, SAG-AFTRA is committed to doing what we can to help professional wrestlers secure the protections they deserve.”
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