WWE has a very close relationship with EVOLVE. The company owned by Gabe Sapolsky has become the subject of some serious scrutiny recently.
We have heard chatter about EVOLVE’s business dealings, but now David Starr is really speaking out about how the company operates. He posted on Instagram saying:
Remember how a WWE affiliate company and its booker blocked me because I asked them/him to actually pay their workers and not expect free labor?
Brian Cage commented on this post showing that EVOLVE blocked Starr. Cage replied as if he was quoting someone when he said: “‘That’s the way the business is right now.’ Meanwhile, every other indie company can pay just fine.”
The two continued to have a back and forth conversation while exposing EVOLVE and their dealings. Apparently, they don’t have to pay WWE for the NXT talent when they come in for shows. EVOLVE gets the ticket money and then they don’t pay their wrestlers or provide them with food and water.
David Starr also revealed while replying to Cage that EVOLVE goes above and beyond to save money on talent. This includes getting to use WWE Superstars free of charge and also getting money out of other wrestlers paying for seminars before the events.
“Meanwhile the WWE talent they use aren’t required to get a fee from EVOLVE AND they are collecting money from workers for the seminars. Form what I understand he’s still cramming 4 people in hotel rooms, not feeding workers or providing them water, and doesn’t cover everyone’s transportation.”
This is a very interesting situation. At this time, EVOLVE has not provided any comment on this matter. You can see the screenshots from this conversation between David Starr and Brian Cage below.