What do we mean when we say a Wrestlers Union
There has been a lot on wrestling twitter about this this story with this quote from Cody Rhodes in it:
"A union in pro wrestling -- and that's this thing that people say all of the time, and they don't realize it -- a union in pro wrestling would put pro wrestling out of business."
I want to see an interview with Cody Rhodes just about this quote. I think there is a lot to dig into here. In the interview he refers to how Hollywood treats talent. Hollywood has guilds for the actors, writers, and directors. I am not sure how unions would kill wrestling, but has not killed Hollywood. Not all film and television content creation has moved to non-union centers.
I've always seen a wrestlers union to be more like the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and less like the UAW (United Auto Workers). Unions are not only about setting the rate of pay for workers. They are about wrestlers and employers coming to an agreement about specific topics. They are about working standards, workers having access to the accounting books, agreeing on residuals for rebroadcasts and streaming content.
I am not saying he is wrong, I do think this kind of thinking needs to be interrogated. It is too easy for someone to push it off if they are not confronted with all the different ways a Wrestlers Guild could be constructed and what rights it could protect for the performers.
We need to remember that Cody Rhodes is now an executive for a wrestling company. He is not just a worker. Even if he works matches, he is part of management. His father was an executive in a wrestling company. I am not sure he is the person we can look at for leadership on this issue. If you look at the Young Bucks, they have been the biggest entrepreneurs in wrestlers in the past decades. That does not make you think union founder.
For the most part I have not been seeing wrestlers, WWE, well known, or indie, tweet about it. I've been seeing wrestling fans and writers twitting about it. Let me know if there are any wrestlers writing or talking about this.
Since @BJMendelson suggested this:— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) January 18, 2019
AEW's owned by a billionaire family
ROH by a giant broadcast TV station group
Impact by a cable TV station group
LU by AAA & a consulting group
MLW has VC backing
Evolve, Progress, InsaneCW, & WXW are WWE affiliates
They’re not indies.
I don't think we will get a wrestlers union from the inside. I think someone from the outside who knows more about unions than wrestling would have to start this. I have no clue who that person would be. Maybe a former pro athlete turned wrestler who is pro union. Maybe it is a sports agent who would see a union as a form of leverage for clients.