Cesaro, AJ Styles, and Others Shut Down Twitch Channels as WWE Makes Plans

It is unclear what WWE’s gameplan for third-party platforms such as Twitch and YouTube are at this time, but some talent have leaked contracts and conversations with WWE management that seem to indicate that the company will take control of streaming activities and take a percentage of the revenue. Some reports have indicated that WWE will add a “work obligation” in contracts requiring talent to stream. 

Earlier this month, former Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang promised to change the way WWE treats its talent should Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wins the election next week.  

“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 the WWE and say, ‘hey I think you are misclassifying your employees here’ and the damages here would be really significant. That is more or less the plan,” Yang said during an episode of Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk is Jericho. “We may need to have some brave performer or ex-performer come forward, and say “here are the practices.”

It should be noted WWE’s biggest rival, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has no restrictions on the third-party activities of its talent.

The Esports Observer has reached out to WWE for comment on this story and will update it when more information becomes available.