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Vince McMahon Threatening To Punish WWE Talent Doing Third Party Business

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• On This Day In WWF History (September 4, 1999) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal

On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).

It featured matches on the road to the ‘WWF Unforgiven 1999’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Steve Blackman vs. Mike Hollow

– Val Venis vs. Mideon

– Kane vs. Meat

• Vince McMahon Threatening To Punish WWE Talent Doing Third Party Business

WWE isn’t really open to their talents working with third parties, and they’ve reportedly issued a statement in which they openly threatened to punish them in case they get engaged in third party activities.

WrestlingInc is reporting that WWE CEO Vince McMahon said in a conference call with talents last week that WWE owns the real names of talent, and not just their on screen names.

McMahon followed up by a letter last Thursday, which said that it was imperative that talents promote and protect the brand in every conceivable way, and that talents have 30 days to stop engaging with third parties.

“Some of you are engaged with outside third parties using your name and likeness in ways that are detrimental to our company. It is imperative that these activities be terminated within the next 30 days (by Friday, October 2). Continued violations will result in fines, suspension, or termination at WWE’s discretion.”

This likely includes wrestlers making income through websites like Twitch and Cameo.

WWE wrestlers are independent contractors, so it will be interesting to see if WWE is making a legal move.

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