In a shocking news update, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is now under investigation by the state of Connecticut, according to The Connecticut Post.
The investigation is about the "Independent Contractor" classification the WWE employs. In the same article, a quote from WWE spokesperson Robert Zimmerman was included. Zimmerman states:
"WWE has always complied with the law. Up until this election, WWE has not been fined nor investigated in the past for independent contractor classification. However, curiously the state of Connecticut is currently conducting an audit of WWE's classification of independent contractors. WWE constantly reviews its internal practices and procedures to comply with ever-changing employee laws."
Zimmerman is telling the truth in this quote. The WWE has had brushes with the law, even over its name at one point. But they have never been investigated over the "Independent Contractor" classification.
Basically, that is what they call every wrestler in the company; it's actually cheaper for them to do so, which is why Vince McMahon did it that way in the first place. This is also the same man who didn't want to pay sports fees for using stadiums, which is why he said Pro Wrestling was fake.
It's predetermined entertainment more so than it is "fake," but this is what the WWE chairman said back then; it saved McMahon millions every year as a result.
This is the same reason he brought in the independent contractor classification: He is not required to pay for surgeries, sicknesses, or health insurance at all.
If you're sick, you fork out the money as the wrestler.
McMahon isn't the only one doing this—every pro wrestling company does the same thing. That includes ROH and TNA.
So to think the WWE is the only company doing this would be incredibly stupid. You tell me where TNA's health insurance policy is, then you may have some sort of case.
To be fair to WWE, while it's not required to, it does many things to help its talent. The WWE's Wellness Policy helps prevent talent from going down a bad road with drugs. It also pays for all past and current talent to go to rehab if needed and it has paid for surgeries of many wrestlers on its current roster, John Cena, Batista, and Triple H being just a few.
Also, unlike other wrestling organizations, all talent make guaranteed money—whether they wrestle or not. Contributors such as Yoshi Tatsu have been sparingly used on TV, but they have made some house show appearances. Tatsu may not make millions a year, but he still gets a check like anyone else on the roster.
So WWE does give talent enough money to visit a doctor when need be. Therefore, health insurance on that end of things isn't that bad.
However, when it comes to surgery, that can get expensive, but usually the WWE helps out with that if it's clear a talent needs it and may not have the money to afford the operation.
Usually, those who sustain injuries are the people who wrestle quite often and because of that, they get injured out of nowhere one day.
Look at all of the injuries in the WWE, barring crazy stunts done, where a wrestler gets hurt: Most of them are as a result of wrestling too much and one day just getting hurt out of nowhere.
Edge would be the last one you look at and think, "How in the heck did that happen?"
He was the most used wrestler at the time in WWE, working house show after house show and TV spot after TV spot. He wrestled two Elimination Chambers, a ladder match, and steel cage match.
It wouldn't take much for him to get hurt fairly easily.
In any case, injuries happen and the WWE knows that, so it does help out most of the time.
Now back to the investigation.
The state of Connecticut is where the WWE headquarters are, and that's why the state is conducting the investigation.
The one thing that really protects the WWE is its contract with its talent. The talent signs over all rights, basically. They put their name on the paper, which tells them everything they cannot sue over.
Trust me, the WWE has dotted its "I's" and crossed its "T's."
Once a talent signs it, there's not much that can be done about it. The contract may not be fair, but the talent reads and agrees with it upon his or her signature. Therefore, they know what they are getting into when they sign.
Something that will really get affected is Linda McMahon's senate campaign. What a wonderful time to bring this out with WWE, huh?
But what do you think? Should the WWE have fears regarding this investigation?