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Jerry Lawler Explains WWE Stars Making More Independent Appearances on 2017

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 09/13/17


During the latest edition of his podcast, and spoke about WWE superstars making more appearances at independent wrestling shows this year, including AJ Styles over the weekend in GeorgiaÖ

ďWhen you sign a contract with WWE, itís pretty much exclusive. However, WWE wrestlers are, technically tax-wise, considered independent contractors. In that sense, you are really truly, supposedly, work wherever you want to. But itís just an understanding, and itís in the contract, that WWE will basically keep you booked where youíre not available to do anything else. I think they call them ďthird-party appearances.Ē Thatís been a long-standing thing that if somebody else wants to book, say for instance AJ Styles, Iím sure what they did was call the office and made an offer. Then the office will look and see if itís a viable thing; if AJ isnít working that night. So say you have an independent show, and you call WWE, and you say you want John Cena. If heís available, and they tell you what his fee would be; if you are still conscious, if you havenít fainted, and you say you can pay that, they call John and tell him they have an offer for him and if he would accept it. And why you donít see WWE superstars at these shows, the reasons are money, itís prohibitive for a promoter to be able to pay these guys what WWE is asking. And usually when these shows happen are on the weekend, when WWE are running their shows. Or a day off; days off are few and far between. They relish a day off; they wouldnít want to do a third-party appearance on their day off.Ē