Chris Jericho On Not Seeing Residuals From WWE Network Archives: ‘It Makes No Sense’
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Chris Jericho is likely not welcome back in WWE for a long while, as he is one of the centerpieces of All Elite Wrestling’s rise to popularity over the past year. The current Demo God made his name in Vince McMahon’s company, contributing years of matches that anyone subscribing to the WWE Network can relive on demand. In the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho, Chris chats with 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang regarding how he feels that he should get some compensation from his past work in the company.
The fact that they can show all of my matches on their Network that people pay for and I don’t get a dime of royalty, it makes no sense. That’s not how normal business, normal entertainment, and the normal world works.
I did ‘MacGruber’ ten years ago and was in it for two minutes. I still get residual checks. It’s not a lot, $20, $15, $50, but I’m still getting residuals from being on that movie. Here I am with probably 100 matches on the Network and getting nothing. I don’t see the fairness in that.
Yang has been outspoken regarding wrestler’s independent contractor status in companies like WWE, saying that the restrictions they place on their talent are stifling and unrealistic. To be blunt, the politician has been quoted as calling WWE “fucking greedy” when it comes to these matters.
You can listen to the full episode of Talk is Jericho featuring Andrew Yang embedded below:
Thanks to our friends at Fightful for the above podcast transcription.