California is very close to adopting new legislation that could change a lot about how workers in that state are considered, but it won’t have much to do with WWE or AEW even if they tour in California.
We previously reported via Dave Meltzer that WWE and AEW might have to stay out of California if they want to continue considering their wrestlers as independent contractors. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all.
It has come to light that this legislation will only affect companies that are based in states that adopt this policy into law. This means that unless Connecticut and Florida adopt this into law it won’t change anything about WWE or AEW respectively.
One fan named Matt McEwen was quite vocal about it and you can check out everything he had to say about this subject including the following:
It was noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Oregon, Washington, and New York are also considering adopting this new employee policy into law as well. Since neither WWE nor AEW are based in New York that still wouldn’t apply to them.
It also won’t prohibit pro wrestling companies from touring any states that have adopted this policy into law unless they move their corporate headquarters.