Lars Sullivan said enough on a bodybuilding message board nearly a decade ago to make himself a heel for life in WWE. However, should it have cost him his job or was the $100,000 fine enough?
Lance Storm brought up a very interesting point on Figure Four Daily when he mentioned Lars Sullivan’s situation. He questioned who would have hired Sullivan if WWE would have fired him, but that also led to a question of how long ago does something need to happen before “the statute of limitations for being an asshole” runs up.
“I didn’t read all of his comments and from what I understand they’re horrible. I don’t know whether he meant any of them or whether he was just an asshole troll in a previous life. I’ve met Lars. He was there when I went to the PC the last time and I liked him, I chatted with him, I got along with him, but it is funny the fact that an independent contractor could be fined for something that he did before he was even signed to be an independent contractor is crazy, but it’s also a case of if you want to work here we either fire you or you agree to a punishment and obviously he agreed to a punishment.”
“If all goes well for him moving forward he will eventually pay for this fine and make money, but it does open up that interesting can of worms. It was the same can of worms that came up with Hulk Hogan and other things. With Hogan it’s a little less because of his age, but like if WWE hardballed him and fired him it’s like well AEW can’t hire him now or they’ll look like crap. Impact can’t hire him because they’d look like crap. Ring Of Honor can’t because it’s like ‘well no way because WWE said we can’t tolerate it.’ It’s like is it fair to deny a guy a career for life because he was an internet troll?”
“Again, I didn’t read them so I don’t know how bad they were, but again it does raise an interesting question about statute of limitations about being an asshole and someone’s right to actually make a living it’s very interesting.”
Of course, the one big pro wrestling company that Lance Storm didn’t mention was NJPW who would have probably had a lot of interest in Sullivan had WWE let him go. They don’t seem to care as much about public controversy.
Lars Sullivan hasn’t had an official match on WWE’s main roster television show since his debut, but that is coming soon enough. He is being booked as a monster and could very well be on his way to a very profitable career. It still cost him $100,000 to get things going though which is a steep punishment or not enough depending on who you ask.
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