Just a few months in the past, WWE issued an edict on third-parties, similar to Twitch, and most WWE Superstars fell in line. However Zelina Vega opposed WWE’s edict and even tweeted her help for the thought of unionization in professional wrestling. Vega then continued to take care of her Twitch and OnlyFans accounts, which prompted WWE to fire her two weeks ago.
Ryback believes that what WWE did was not solely ethically mistaken however could have been legally mistaken as properly. He talked extra about Vega’s firing on “Ryback TV Shooting Blanks Wrestling Report With Raj Giri.”
“If she by no means signed any paperwork with them, I promise you what they did was most likely unlawful. Now they will say they fired her for different causes exterior of that, however I feel it was fairly obvious they made an instance of her as a result of she did not associate with the circulate on the Twitch like all people else,” mentioned Ryback.
“What they do is that they create new paperwork. That is what they did once I was there. They herd the expertise right into a room they usually pressure you to signal. They’re actually including to the contract. It actually places individuals in a tricky place since you’re damned if you happen to do and damned if you happen to do not.
“So I am curious, if she’s utilizing her actual identify on that and he or she by no means signed that new paperwork, they will discover themselves in a messy state of affairs.”
Ryback added that if Vega selected to go the authorized route, she would want the backing of someone like Andrew Yang to help finance the lawsuit. Shortly after Vega’s firing, Ryback tweeted his help for her whereas additionally tweeting his criticism of WWE.
“I put out I help her and #F*ckWWE and that did respectable. And I imply that as a result of it actually bothers me. as a result of she’s super-talented… I get each side of it and I by no means wish to speak dangerous about wrestlers as a result of we’re our personal worst enemies. If you’re there and making that cash, do I anticipate individuals to impulsively jeopardize that? The issue is – and that is what’s occurred – she takes a stand and who else is together with her? No one, no person, no person! That is why I put that out, as a result of it takes nice braveness to do this,” acknowledged Ryback.
“I assure you she acquired a message from most likely nearly all of the expertise there commending her and saying how a lot they respect her. However they publicly will not do a rattling factor, and that is the issue. Now if all people that day and all people in that company– if Roman mentioned, ‘Guys, we’re not doing this anymore.’ And Drew, Drew the chief, proper? An actual chief would have achieved that and never simply drift. I really like Drew and I really like Roman, however you possibly can’t depend all people as a result of anyone’s gonna go inform the workplace, and that is what occurs.”
Vega is probably going topic to a non-complete clause with WWE, however Ryback already is aware of of which promotion she ought to be part of subsequent.
“I feel she’s gonna have extra alternatives and I feel she would slot in very properly with AEW,” acknowledged Ryback. “I feel that is the most effective place. I feel the earlier she goes there, the higher when she’s allowed, as a result of she’s super-talented.
“AEW being a wrestler’s promotion and having wrestlers in key positions – that’s enormous! And energetic wrestlers with completely different backgrounds in life with Cody, Omega, The Younger Bucks, Tony? It’s a completely different setting. I feel we’re gonna see loads of constructive adjustments, which they’ve already achieved and I feel they’re gonna proceed to implement.
“In comparison with WWE up to now and what they’re persevering with to do, Vince is nearly combating this, and he is gonna struggle this till he dies. That is simply who he’s. I feel the change comes absolutely till he is gone. And I do not know if Hunter is the reply as a result of Hunter comes from that background. Hunter is a bit more in-tune than Vince, however he is nonetheless minimize from an identical fabric with what Vince has taught him, very similar to what Vince has taught Dana White in UFC.”
Ryback then talked about how WWE typically takes benefit of wrestlers, they usually’re ready to do this as a result of wrestlers aren’t thought of staff however somewhat impartial contractors.
“The truth that Zelina Vega was working for the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet on TV each week for years, getting used and highlighted, and he or she was making extra money on Twitch? That goes to indicate what they do, and I’ve talked about this – they offer you these low downsides they usually attempt to milk that so long as they will. After which finally [they give] somewhat extra down the road,” acknowledged Ryback. “However they’re profiting from human beings. For those who’ve labored there for 5 years, you ought to be good, however they are not. And that is why individuals have to remain there so lengthy…
“It creates that hostile, unfavourable work setting, and from all the pieces I’ve heard, AEW is the exact opposite. They use the phrase ‘crew’ there. Man, that appeals to me as an athlete and wrestler a lot greater than the WWE setting. I can get behind that.
“I am so completely happy she’s out of that setting. I am telling you, it would suck for somewhat bit in not seeing among the individuals, however she’s gonna be a lot happier when she goes to a different firm. If she goes to AEW, it is going to be the most effective choice she’s ever made in taking a stand for herself.