WWE has a lot of money coming into the company in the next several years and with that added revenue thanks to two $1 billion television contracts, maybe it’s time for them to spread the wealth. It’s well known how WWE Superstars have to pay their own travel expenses and health insurance but at this point, WWE certainly has the funds to help out in that regard.
True, Superstars get to write off a ton of things for work-related deductions when tax time comes but WWE might be wise to get ahead of the game and offer their talent this compensation anyway before it possibly snowballs into something much bigger. After all, a landmark decision might be on the way in the case of Leslie Smith against the UFC which could rule independent contractors as employees of an organization.
“They certainly can afford it and I can’t see any reason not to, but it doesn’t mean they’ll do it,” Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio when the question was posed about whether WWE would offer health insurance as a public relations move.
“When everybody was asking me before about you know, ‘do you think they’ll pay the women [for the Greatest Royal Rumble] this was before Jerry Lawler said anything I thought: ‘yeah it probably makes sense on a PR standpoint to do it.’ Then everybody said they were going to do it except they weren’t and they haven’t.”
He concluded noting with so much money coming in, WWE might as well pay for their Superstars’ expenses that help them do their job. “It’s mindboggling now that they don’t — not so much like health insurance and employee benefits and things like that but road expenses of guys on the road.”
Maybe we will someday live in a world where WWE helps their Superstars out and provides them with benefits and travel expenses. But for now, it looks like they’ll keep going on with business as usual until something comes along to change things.