Forbes’ Alfred Konuwa Predicts WWE Talent Who Buck Twitch Edict Will Face ‘Repercussions’


Alfred Konuwa of Forbes recently took the time to speak with Wrestling Inc. Editor-in-Chief Nick Hausman on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast. During his appearance, he spoke about the Twitch Edict sent by Vince McMahon to WWE Talent. A few weeks ago, Wrestling Inc. broke the news that McMahon had sent an executive order giving talents until October 2 to stop their monetization through affiliates and third-party platforms, while threatening to punish those who did not comply. not.Wrestling Inc. also reported that McMahon sent talent emails this week indicating that WWE would take control of the talent’s Twitch accounts in four weeks. WWE will then own the accounts and the talent will receive a percentage of the earnings, which will be charged against their downside guarantees in their respective contracts. Konuwa weighed in on the matter and said he thought it was a terrible deal while also offering his support to Andrew Yang, who recently went mainstream with his criticism of WWE’s treatment of their independent contractors.

“It’s a terrible business and it’s one of those hard things,” Konuwa said. “It’s WWE; it’s a dream job. It’s the best of the best in terms of professional wrestling. I understand why people would want to sign there. I’m going to do whatever I can to get this information and get it out there. I’m a professional wrestler, if that makes sense. I want them to get fair deals and be classified as such. I love this Andrew Yang, who is able to do something in theory if it doesn’t work out right in terms of the election. ”

“At some point, professional wrestling will need a martyr,” Konuwa added. “They’re going to need someone like Curt Flood – once upon a time in professional baseball, you couldn’t be a free agent; you had to be traded from one team to another. It just took a guy to stand up and say, ‘I’m not going on this team’ and obviously he got blackballed and had a sad end of life, but that led to the free agency system that we see today. hui where people can negotiate where they are going. ”

Konuwa went on to say that it would only take one person to stand up for their rights to be treated better and not adhere to certain things. He mentioned that most likely it wouldn’t be good for that person, but it could lead to a change.

“Someone in the fight is just going to have to say, ‘I’m not going to buy into this. It’s not fair and I want my care, ”Konuwa said. “It is not going to be good for them and I am not asking for the struggle to become a martyr because it is asking a lot of someone. Given the situation and how stubborn and stuck in their ways WWE is to make it work for them financially, wrestling just needs one of those guys who is a current wrestler – and not on the Jericho podcast – a wrestler. current to intervene and say: “I am not for that. ”

Konuwa went on to say that it’s not just WWE that needs to change; he also said it should be consistent across all promotions and the AEW should set the precedent now before they take off and continue to grow.

“WWE is the example because it’s the biggest company and they are the ones who exploit it the most,” Konuwa said. “AEW is not inclined not to do it. As AEW grows, they will have to deal with this problem in terms of the classification of their wrestlers and the decisions they make. There must be a precedent. – hopefully before AEW blows up – in that wrestlers need to be properly classified as employees if WWE is to control them the way they are. ”

Konuwa referred to the era of attitude and said the guys in the locker room all those years ago might have had the power to stand up to Vince, but don’t think there is a superstar now who could.

“Vince McMahon, for many of this generation of wrestlers, is just that lionized figure,” Konuwa said. “He’s like Mr. McMahon from the Attitude Era and he’s not as much as their peers as he was to Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Triple H, who I think would resist him if they tried that.” in the Attitude era and there was social media at that time. I think guys like that would have the power to stand up to Vince and report what’s going on. ”

He went on to say that there really was no precedent to compare that to and that it was difficult to form a union when so many people were fighting to be on top. He mentioned that it would take a “unique personality” to stand up to Vince and perhaps an outsider like Andrew Yang to solve a problem of this magnitude.

“There really is no precedent and wrestlers are not able to have a union and benefit from it because wrestling is so ‘Me First’ and a tough industry,” Konuwa said. “Everyone is trying to fight to get to the top of the industry and a union should take a top star to make sure everyone behind them gets help and it won’t benefit them and it won’t never happened. WWE chooses who they want to be at the top and the people they choose are the ones who aren’t likely to raise that kind of hell and it will take a unique personality to do so. ”

“There is no precedent for this,” Konuwa added. “I don’t know if that will ever happen. It will either be that or someone from the outside who comes to power, like an Andrew Yang, to bring that outside pressure. This is wrong, but it will not change anytime. As for being a martyr, if I’ve struck a chord and someone says, “Yeah, I must be that guy!” Let’s wait just a month when the election is over and Joe Biden wins and Andrew Yang gets that power. He hit the drum on it and really explained what he needs to do to fix it. ”

The conversation then turned to why WWE feels the need to take control of the accounts and cut the efforts of third parties, especially after wasting their planned $ 12 million second quarter earnings and grossing $ 55 million. of dollars. Konuwa says it is “total greed”.

“To quote Andrew Yang, ‘it’s utter greed,’” Konuwa said. “It is what it is. These companies want to make money, but to us it’s like, “You’re already making billions of dollars.” When it comes to these businesses and to please the stock market and shareholders it all depends on how you can get your Next Million dollars and keep making a profit. Remember once upon a time WWE stock was $ 100, it fell in the $ 30-40 range, so they’re still trying to catch up on what they think they can get back at. ”

“Such initiatives will ring true only to people like investors,” Konuwa added. “The fact that they are firing people because of COVID, this is all heartbreaking and I disagree and disagree with this Twitch account, but strictly from a business point of view it is something that is going to be very attractive to investors. ”

Konuwa then asked if he saw WWE going back on that edict like they did with the last one. He mentioned that he believes “technically” that talent will be able to have accounts under their real name, but that there will be “repercussions”.

“Maybe they will have that there,” Konuwa said. “Maybe there will be a technicality – like technically they can do it, but it’s going to be frowned upon. It will be Zack Ryder’s thing once again. Like, ‘Yeah, you can make a YouTube channel and get away with it; it’s not illegal ‘but then you could be in a cast in a month, you know what I mean? Anyone who does that, if it’s legal then legally they would be allowed to do it, but then again maybe they’ll ” I’ll have a history of erectile dysfunction around this time next month. ”

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