Yang Picks Fight with WWE

It feels like former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is trying to pick a fight with the WWE. He has been vocal in recent months about the company’s treatment of its pro wrestling superstars who are actually independent contractors.

While Yang never gained serious support in his bid to win the democratic nomination for president, he became somewhat of a sensation and acquired a group of enthusiastic followers known as the Yang Gang. More relevant to this article though, Yang has always been a huge fan of professional wrestling. He also has never been one to hide his disdain of WWE owner Vince McMahon.

Yang’s main beef with McMahon is his treatment of his workers. As independent contractors, they are forced to cover their own health and travel expenses. Think about that for a second. The Undertaker has to pay for his own health insurance.

Wrestlers are also not allowed to use third party platforms like Twitch and Cameo. In fact, one recently got fired for defying this rule.

And then there are the many accusations of bullying and pressure to work in unsafe environments.

Yang suggested the solution may be as simple as the wrestlers joining an existing union like the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to protect themselves. He has been much more vocal and passionate about this lately. The timing is a bit curious. Could he be taking this up as his cause?

More on this issue:

Andrew Yang Slams WWE on Talk is Jericho

Andrew Yang Discusses SAG with Wrestling, Inc.

Forbes talks about Andrew Yang calling out the WWE      

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