Chris Jericho is widely considered to be one of the most influential wrestlers of all time. The current AEW star has made it clear that he won’t be returning to WWE anytime in the future but recently revealed that the company has been withholding money from him for years.
Jericho was joined by former U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Talk is Jericho recently which allowed the two men to discuss WWE’s treatment of its athletes.
Yang has been outspoken about the fact that the company doesn’t protect their stars and miss-classifies many of its employees which is something that he hopes will change.
“If we win, I’m going to be in a position where I can call up the Secretary of Labor, or in this case, it’s the National Labor Relations Board and then bring suit against WWE and say, ‘hey, I think you’re misclassifying your employees here.’ The damages would be really significant. That is more or less the plan.”
Chris Jericho went on to reveal that one of the things that he believes isn’t fair is the fact that WWE shows all of his matches on the Network and claims money for it but he isn’t paid anything.
“In my opinion, this really does have to change, and this is no ill will towards the WWE. It’s just the way it is. You just said all of these things. The fact, even, that they can show all of my matches on their Network that people pay for and I don’t get a dime of a royalty, it makes no sense. It’s not how normal business, normal entertainment [or] the normal world works.”
The two men went on to note that there was talk of Pro Wrestling joining the Screen Writers Guild, which would change the way that wrestlers are treated by the companies that employ them.
“You should be getting residuals. One of the things that someone’s raised is that Screen Actors Guild protections are really–I mean, you can see how the Hollywood folks get treated, and a lot of a lot of performers, actually, would qualify for a Screen Actors Guild by the basis that you’re on TV, you have lines [and] you show up. I mean, the ratings of wrestling shows are higher than just about any other show on TV. You’re a talent, a performer, you’re getting a script [and] you do your thing.”