Contracts can be a tricky conundrum, just watch South Park’s “HUMANCENTiPAD” episode and you’ll get the drift, even if it is an outlandish comedy show. We doubt WWE wants the transparency when it comes to their contracts in the public’s eyem but due to WWE’s SEC Filings, legal proceedings, and other means, we can read through the boring language and come away with the pros and cons of a WWE contract.
Before we get into the list, imagine you grew up as a fan of the WWE. You train to become a Superstar, make the sacrifices that comes with that dream, work the indie circuit, and by the grace of the heavens, get a phone call to come audition for the WWE. You make the cut and now have a contract right in front of your face. Personally, we at TheSportster would sign the contract without even reading it, however, it’s always best to review the literature. You may be shocked or surprised about what the WWE offers and more noticeably, what they don’t offer.
We understand the WWE is all about what’s best for business, but we hope it doesn’t happen at the expense of a wrestler. You might love the WWE and after reading this, hate them with a passion, or you’ve been in the loop about certain issues in regards to the policy making at the WWE Headquarters and this only further cements your judgement of the company.
Here are 15 terrible aspects of a WWE Contract. Enjoy.
15 Experience Over Talent
14 Bonuses Don't Matter In Terms Of Card Value
13 Event Payoffs Are Not Set in Stone
12 A Heavy Work Schedule
11 WWE Can Take Money From Independent Projects
10 WWE Can Sell Merch After a Release
9 Wrestlers Must Pay for Their Own Wardrobe and Props
8 Winners Make More Money in Pre-Determined Matches
7 Wrestlers Must Pay for Their Own Lodging and Travel Arrangements
6 Royalties and the WWE Network
5 Wrestlers Must Pay for Their Own Training
4 A Wrestler Cannot Sue WWE for Negligence or Injuries
3 3. WWE is Not Liable if a Wrestler Dies in the Ring
2 Wrestlers Are Considered Independent Contractors
1 Wrestlers Aren't Paid for Media Days
We’ve seen many wrestlers promote the company outside the ring. It could be a radio show, a podcast, television appearances, or an interview for a publication. Did you know that these wrestlers aren’t paid for the hours that put in on media days? Triple H's contract was made public and in the language it states, “WRESTLER agrees to cooperate and assist without any additional payment in the publicizing, advertising and promoting of scheduled events, including without limitation, appearing at and participating in a reasonable number of joint and/or separate press conferences, interviews, and other publicity or exploitation appearances or activities.” No wonder some of these wrestlers look like they don’t want to be at a media event.
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