Independent Contractor status for WWE on-screen performers has been a topic of discussion for years. Technically, WWE Superstars are not subject to some of the benefits that a WWE employee in Connecticut would receive.
Bully Ray on ‘Independent Contractors’
“When people talk about taking somebody’s spot. Let me see if I can put this a direct comparison or a relation; and make people understand this better” Bully Ray began. “When you wrestle for the WWE you are not an employee, you’re an independent contractor. If a building is being built, and the people that are building the building are working with three different plumbers. Do they have a loyalty to any plumber or any electrician? No, because they just want to get the best plumber or the best electrician for that day. To do the best job on that day.”
Bully Ray would then go on to talk how Vince McMahon views talent directly. “Vince McMahon hires many independent contractors, so he can put on the best show he can on any given day. Vince’s loyalty to his independent contractors is money. The independent contractors loyalty to Vince is the performance.”
“…it’s your job to do the best possible job you can”
The former Dudley Boy would finish by saying that “Vince doesn’t have to give anybody a spot for any amount of time. As independent contractors it’s your job to do the best possible job you can; so Vince will continue to employ you as an independent contractor. You have no spot, that’s guaranteed.”