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Andrew Yang Thinks AEW Has a Different Attitude With Talent Than WWE

September 16, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with Wrestling Inc, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke about WWE’s third party policy and his belief that AEW has a different attitude to talent than WWE. Here are highlights:

On AEW’s view of talent: “I think AEW has been a leader in terms of being talent friendly, and you can see it with the fact that several wrestlers were integral to the formation of AEW. When I’ve talked to folks who work for AEW, they really like the fact that they can perform for other promotions, which obviously you know is not something that’s happening at WWE. So I do think that AEW has a very different attitude towards its talent, and AEW is an up-and-coming promotion that is doing the right thing by talent in part because they know that that’s going to be a way they can compete and be successful. The WWE is in a very different position where they are a quasi-monopoly, and they’re plugging wrestlers into a machine that they feel like they built and they feel like any wrestler is lucky to be there and they need to keep their mouths shut. It seems like a very different approach to talent because the companies are in very different places and have different cultures.”

On wrestlers joining SAG: “I think that’s one approach that could really work wonders, and if you were to ask professional wrestlers, ‘how many of you would like to be part of the Screen Actors Guild?’ I have a feeling you’d see every single hand go up because SAG affords tremendous protections to other actors and actresses who are on screen every day and every week. The parallels are almost 100% where if you’re a professional wrestler, you are inhabiting a character, you are given storylines and plots, in some cases you’re given actual lines, you rehearse [and] you perform in front of a televised audience. So they should be members of SAG, and that would be transformative for the industry. Wrestling has been in the dark in terms of it being included in things like SAG because of its roots, but if you look up at the reality now, I mean you’re talking about hours and hours of scripted TV programming every week, and the wrestlers are the talent. So by right, they should be considered for SAG membership and all of its protections.”

On Vince McMahon getting away with how he treats his wrestlers: “What I said in another conversation is that Vince has been getting away with exploitation of his performers for decades and the bill is coming due, and I plan on being one of the people that presents him that bill and get some to pay it.”

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