Eric Bischoff Discusses WWE Independent Contractor Status

This week on the post show for his 83 Weeks podcast, After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson, Eric Bischoff offers his thoughts on the latest hot topics in pro wrestling, from employment practices to dealing with frustrated performers. While addressing Jon Moxley’s recent comments regarding WWE creative, the former WCW president also exposes the reason behind Chris Jericho’s departure to WWE. Excerpts are below…

Regarding WWE’s classification of wrestlers as independent contractors:

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“Historically that’s just the way it’s always been,” adding: If I’m ever given a choice of being an employee or an independent contractor, I’m going to be an independent contractor. It has a lot of advantages to it. You know we hear about the disadvantages sometimes, and people kind of focus on that because it is a different world. When you’re self-employed you have to worry about your own insurance, your tax structure is a little different. There are some downsides to it, or challenges to it. But I much prefer it.

For more with Eric, including his picks for a women’s wrestling Mt. Rushmore, watch the latest After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson here: or listen on Apple Podcasts:

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