WWE released Zelina Vega from her contract, and the discussion of forming a pro wrestlers’ union was sparked once again. The Screen Actors Guild is also a part of the conversation now, and they’ve already had a productive talk with Zelina Vega following her release.
It will take a lot of cooperation to start a pro wrestlers union, especially in WWE. There is always the risk of repercussions for standing up in this instance as well.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the current progress of SAG-AFTRA speaking to pro wrestlers. He said that the problem is that a lot of bigger names don’t want to “rock the boat,” because it could cost them opportunities.
“That’s the problem that people are afraid to rock the boat and they’re afraid that they’ll lose their opportunities and the reality is in some cases I mean you know it with stories of hockey and football and basketball a lot of those activists had to take it on the chin in a lot of cases and it hurt careers, but it made for the next generation of players to make such better benefits and make so much more money and for the good of the business it was a sacrifice, I mean it was good to do.”
He noted that “I think there are some” who want to leave the pro wrestling business in a better place. If those people have already made their money from pro wrestling and will stand up in this instance, then we could see a historic chain of events unfold in front of our eyes.
We’ll have to see what’s next for the story of pro wrestlers unionizing. They are certainly trying again, but history is full of instances where they were not successful.
Transcription by Ringside News