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WWE reports again that his talent is being used on social media platforms.
According to Raja Giri of Wrestling Inc., the company is setting an escalating series of penalties for those who draw attention to any third party in the post. These are other entities, brands, individuals or charities.
“Wrestling Inc. learned that violations begin with a warning, then a fine and finally a suspension, “wrote Giri.” The company claims ownership of the talented Twitter and Instagram accounts by a clause in its contracts that gives WWE the exclusive use of their similarities. “
This comes after Giri reported in September that WWE bans screen talents from using streaming services such as Cameo and Twitch. Pro Wrestling Sheets Ryan Satin shared a company statement on the issue:
“Similar to Disney and Warner Bros., WWE creates, promotes and invests in its intellectual property, ie the artistic names of performers such as The Fiend Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Big E and Braun Strowman. It is the control and exploitation of these characters that allows WWE- In order to generate revenue, which in turn allows the company to compensate performers at the highest levels in the sports entertainment industry.Regardless of the contractual language, the success of our company is imperative to protect our largest assets and establish partnerships with third parties on a company basis. level, which will result in greater value for all involved. “
Days later, Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that WWE would allow talent to continue using YouTube and Twitch if they use their real names.
The situation was another entry into a long-running conversation about how promotion treats its most visible employees.
During an episode of his HBO series Last week tonight in April 2019, John Oliver dived deep into the health care offered to wrestlers. At one point he called WWE policies “morally underground. “
Former world champion CM Punk gave a wide-ranging interview to Colt Cabani in 2014 outlining his dissatisfaction with his former employer. He stated that the WWE medical team did not correctly diagnose MRSA infection in the lower back.
All Elite Wrestling stars Jon Moxley gave what it amounted to exit interview Chris Jerichou in May 2019, explaining how he grew up feeling creatively congested, which affected his mental health.
More than anything, limiting the extent to which WWE stars can use third-party platforms seems like a strange step because it interferes with the ability by which wrestlers and on-screen personalities can expand their audience. This, in turn, could bring new fans into the tent who would otherwise overlook the WWE product.