Dolph Ziggler Explains WWE Contract Gray Areas To Andrew Yang

Much has been made about WWE contracts in the last month as WWE instituted an edict asking talent to cease use on third-party platforms such as Cameo and Twitch. 

Former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang spoke out against the issue, chastising WWE for labeling talent as Independent contractors, but not giving them the freedom to do other things outside of the company. 

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Dolph Ziggler spoke to Yang on Yang Speaks and discussed his status as an Independent contractor in WWE.

"It's a gray area. For ten years, I've gone back-and-forth like, 'how does this make sense?' But I see some points. As much as I'd like to stick it to the man, there are some points that they make. I am representing that company when I do a comedy show or go on FOX News. Long-term, when it comes to me getting, say, a deal with Muscle Milk. I did that, theoretically, it is because of WWE and someone knows me, possibly. If they want to do a deal like, 'Hey, we'll give you a couple $100 bucks and all the Muscle Milk you can drink,' Well, WWE behind the scenes could be working on a $5 million deal with Muscle Milk and I just ruined it. So there's a little bit of both sides we have to understand. You're still working for a brand, for the most part, as long as it's not bad-mouthing the company and a couple of other things, you get more leeway and the paperwork is there to protect them, whether you think it's fair or not. You ask and sometimes you get told, 'It wouldn't be great for the company, but you make your own decision.' It took me 12 years of doing things and being sent to other countries on a PR tour to get them to trust me to do something else. I get both sides, but also when it comes to independent contractors, we should be able to do whatever we want and wear what we want as long as we're there on Monday to do the match, I get that," said Ziggler.

Dolph went on to compare his standing to Yang's standing, saying that Yang represents the DNC when he appears on various shows and tries to present both sides, but at the end of the day, if he wants to be President or part of the cabinet, he has be part of the DNC team. 

You can view Yang's previous comments on the matter, where he calls WWE greedy, by clicking here.

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