Sage Beckett reveals WWE had her conduct weekly weigh-ins and told her to lose weight to be marketable before releasing her on International Women’s Day.
The WWE are currently facing backlash over their decision to impart punishments to wrestlers within their promotion who continue to engage with third party platforms. This has not gone down very well with both the wrestlers and the general public.
Considering the classification of WWE Wrestlers as ‘Independent Contractors’ many including former Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang have questioned the WWE over how much control it has exhibited over workers who aren’t legally their employees.
Come on Vince – you’ve already deprived the folks breaking their backs for you of healthcare, security, recovery time, retirement benefits and fair treatment re: licenses and royalties. At least let them make a living off their own names. Many of them need it.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) September 5, 2020
Former WWE Superstar Maria Kenellis responded to Yang’s comments, and stated that a lot in wrestling is under the shadows. She added that fear and abuse of power was their control mechanism. If they could fire her when she was two months postpartum, then they could fire anyone.
So, much in wrestling is in the shadows. Fear and abuse of power is their main control mechanism. If WWE fires a woman 2 months postpartum, who wouldn’t they fire? https://t.co/vvbk3eScpp
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) September 5, 2020
Sage Beckett reveals WWE told her to lose weight to be marketable before releasing her on International Women’s Day
Sage Beckett, who was signed by the WWE in January 2017, revealed in a response to Kanellis’ tweet that the WWE asked her to lose weight and would perform regular check-ins on her and then release her a year later on International women’s day.
“Or hire you during the ‘Evolution’, AFTER you’ve already lost 130#s over the last 2yrs, then do weekly weigh ins w/ you b/c you need to lose MORE weight, to be marketable, & release you ON International Women’s Day @AndrewYang”
Or hire you during the “Evolution”, AFTER you’ve already lost 130#s over the last 2yrs, then do weekly weigh ins w/ you b/c you need to lose MORE weight, to be marketable, & release you ON International Women’s Day 🤷🏻♀️😒 @AndrewYang https://t.co/UMIUcS2CkE
— MK (@MKGlidewell) September 6, 2020
The WWE have released an official statement on their current stance on third party platforms emphasising their need to protect their intellectual property for the success of the company. You can read the statement here.
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