WWE released Zelina Vega from her contract, and that drew a lot of attention. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang are looking into the issue of pro wrestlers unionizing, sparking a new debate that has been raging for decades within the business.
Despite all the attention to the situation, WWE Superstars have remained silent on the matter. Paige spoke out about Zelina Vega’s release, but others have not commented.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Zelina Vega came up in the conversation including the fact that so many have declined to comment on her situation. Some have privately backed her, but other than Paige none of them have come to her defense.
“The one thing is that ever since the thing happened with [Zelina Vega] a couple of days ago, Friday… with the exception of maybe Paige has anyone come to her defense publicly? I know privately people have backed her, and they have to me, but no one’s done it publicly and I never got the impression that they would. So, she’s kinda off on her island, or whatever. “
It was noted that SAG-AFTRA is a powerful union, but “they would all have to want it” before the Screen Actors Guild could come in. It was also said that “they all” are wanting Andrew Yang to come in, “and maybe that will happen.”
Meltzer went on to stress that “you don’t have to change any laws,” because WWE talent are employees. “You don’t have to get a bill and go through congress or anything like that.” They simply need to go to a labor board and present the evidence of WWE’s practices and how they still consider talent as independent contractors.
The subject of WWE Superstars unionizing is going to get very interesting in 2021, but it’s unclear how everything will pan out right now.
Transcription by Ringside News