Could We Get A WWE Wrestlers Union?

  • Published: 08 August 2019
  • Adam Wilbourn and the Dadley Boyz discuss the potential of a union for wrestlers in WWE and beyond...

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Comments • 89

  • jtjr26
    jtjr26  1 weeks back

    Vince will resist this with his dying breath. I think he is that kind of asshole. When he is out of the company through either death, retirement or getting fired, WWE will probable have a lot of changes in how its organized and how talent is handled.

    • The Batman Who Posts
      The Batman Who Posts  1 weeks back

      The guy with the glasses (not Adam) comes off as such an unlikable, hateful, hipster douche I tune him out whenever he whines, I mean talks.

      • Criminal Minds Girl
        Criminal Minds Girl  1 weeks back

        Regardless of what he did for Harley Race. I see it as Vince doing it because of who Harley Race was and the fact after what John Oliver said, he doesn't want his company or himself to look bad. So people, don't be fooled! Vince isn't stupid. He knows what he is doing.

        • The Batman Who Posts
          The Batman Who Posts  1 weeks back

          And AEW will give their employees health care so they don't look bad, what's your point?

          All major companies do certain things for good PR, not just WWE.

      • Jeff Carbone
        Jeff Carbone  2 weeks back

        Professional athletes (MLB, NFL, NBA) in the US generally earn 46-52% of their league's revenue. WWE wrestlers earn something like 8%. Just let that sink in.

        • Adam713Houston T
          Adam713Houston T  2 weeks back

          Not on Vince McMahons watch

          • Dawnelldo2
            Dawnelldo2  2 weeks back

            If AEW allowed their wrestlers to unionize and provided healthcare, then WWE would definitely do something.

            • Dawnelldo2
              Dawnelldo2  1 weeks back

              @Alex Martinez Sounds perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

            • Alex Martinez
              Alex Martinez  1 weeks back

              A union would transcend both businesses tho

          • Norwall
            Norwall  2 weeks back

            Great video. Fantastic job.

            • Shayne Mathena
              Shayne Mathena  2 weeks back

              Dude! Socialism sucks in every way! Millions of people have died, and are still dying today because of socialism! Get your head out of your rear end!

              • Dafydd Mali
                Dafydd Mali  2 weeks back

                that was just whining

                • DejaVoodooDoll
                  DejaVoodooDoll  1 weeks back

                  @Dafydd Mali
                  Couldn't let you attempt it all by yourself. Your job was clearly getting to you.

                • Dafydd Mali
                  Dafydd Mali  1 weeks back

                  @DejaVoodooDoll thank you for policing the internet

                • DejaVoodooDoll
                  DejaVoodooDoll  1 weeks back

                  Even for a troll, you're whining too much.

              • BigStevie93
                BigStevie93  2 weeks back


                • J Lebleu
                  J Lebleu  2 weeks back


                  • Robert Larry
                    Robert Larry  2 weeks back

                    Just remember this......a WWE employee who works in Stamford, CT has a better benefit package, 401K, and health benefits that are BETTER than the main roster. Also, that employee are in the union, while the wrestler are getting " scraps of the financial food chain". This discussion will continue;however, a WWE wrestler will never have no power whatsoever.

                    • Wrastletastic Warrior
                      Wrastletastic Warrior  2 weeks back

                      Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Roddy Piper basically blackballed for years for promoting the idea of a union to wrestlers in every territory?
                      It needs to happen. We have the NFLPA, MLBPA, NHLPA, NBPA, and MLSPA. Why not the AAPW and MMAFA?

                      • Mark Scruggs
                        Mark Scruggs  2 weeks back

                        22:58 I always knew I couldn't stand the dude. It makes a lot more sense now.

                        • Gabriel Cormier
                          Gabriel Cormier  2 weeks back

                          Perhaps not a straight up union but forming a wrestling version of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Actors work very similarly to wrestlers, (signs contracts to complete a job for a certain amount of time, works for media companies, etc) so it might work.

                          I'm no expert but it's an idea

                          • Solid Mike
                            Solid Mike  2 weeks back

                            No. These people are stunt men. They wind up injured all the time. It would bankrupt vince.
                            Also think of the mother fuckers that would purposely injure themselves for a lifetime vacation on vince's dime.
                            Ultimately, these are traveling carny folk. I mean, it's still better than being a beta male englishman trying hard to sell out on youtube, but, you don't unionize carny stunt men.

                            • Thomas RockBottom45
                              Thomas RockBottom45  2 weeks back

                              Yes. As long as they don't get it, nobody should watch WWE again!

                              • praveen jazz
                                praveen jazz  1 weeks back

                                @newfacepaula Another cheap human being....The thing is about health of the employees who put their lives...

                              • newfacepaula
                                newfacepaula  2 weeks back

                                very edgy.

                                how much did dave meltzer paid you?

                              • J Lebleu
                                J Lebleu  2 weeks back

                                Way ahead of you

                            • William Walters
                              William Walters  2 weeks back

                              what date is this episode from? looking for it on itunes

                              • Brandon Cantu
                                Brandon Cantu  2 weeks back

                                I love how everything talks shit about WWE about everything they do but yet still there biggest fans and tune in every week 😆😆!!

                                • Curtis Hurst
                                  Curtis Hurst  1 weeks back

                                  Suggesting these guys are currently huge fans of WWE is pushing it pretty harshly lol. Being journalists, they need to keep up with it regardless, and give props where props are do. But, yeah saying they're huge fans, and even suggesting that that would mean they cannot criticize anything, is some capitalist bullshit ;)

                              • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  2 weeks back

                                I HOPE NOT, SO MUCH ROOM FOR FRAUD

                                • funandyvideos
                                  funandyvideos  2 weeks back

                                  You know, if you've made it close enough to sneeze on it, you're probably getting promoted.

                                  • -_____6lacC Mo6_____-
                                    -_____6lacC Mo6_____-  2 weeks back

                                    Where's Simon Miller @ he's the real star of this show!

                                    • Hamzah Iftikhar
                                      Hamzah Iftikhar  2 weeks back

                                      Helthcare would make wwe better

                                      • THE JUSTICE
                                        THE JUSTICE  2 weeks back

                                        @M Johnsen
                                        Is it?

                                      • Benjamin Logan
                                        Benjamin Logan  2 weeks back

                                        @M Johnsen Wrong, in fact WWEs bank account is the only thing that is up! Between the Saudi deal and the Fox deal WWE could lose $ for 10 years and not go bankrupt.

                                      • M Johnsen
                                        M Johnsen  2 weeks back

                                        It wouldn't affect the product at all except to lower production quality, probably. You know why there's no pyro any more right? WWE is already hurting financially.

                                    • Darren D. MacDonald
                                      Darren D. MacDonald  2 weeks back

                                      It won't happen unless the wrestlers at the very top push hard for unions. Those are the only wrestlers that matter to the WWE because they are the ones that "Get people to tune in" and make the money. You could have half the wrestlers on the bottom side of the roster demand unionization, WWE wouldn't even entertain the thought. If you had the main event scene demand it, then WWE might take it seriously. But people like Cena, Lesnar and Reigns won't do it, because as it stands right now, they have nothing to personally gain from it. But because they make the money, their opinion is worth more to the WWE.

                                      • the16th6toothson
                                        the16th6toothson  2 weeks back

                                        Could? Yes! Will? Never.

                                        • Mike G
                                          Mike G  2 weeks back

                                          Every time I look at Sidgwick, I feel like R-Truth is going pop out and pin someone.

                                          • Hunter Gillikin
                                            Hunter Gillikin  2 weeks back


                                            • Joel Whitfield
                                              Joel Whitfield  2 weeks back

                                              I oddly want to see Hamflett and Sidgwick swap sides for once... No idea why, just seems like a silly change that would make everyone think "wait, something's different"...

                                              • crimson bolt
                                                crimson bolt  2 weeks back

                                                Every single worker regardless of industry need to be in a union to protect from management taking advantage of the workers.

                                                • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                                  Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  2 weeks back


                                              • Pax Humana
                                                Pax Humana  2 weeks back


                                                • Alexyepez25
                                                  Alexyepez25  2 weeks back

                                                  Does wwe even have medical coverage for superstars and legends big company that puts body on the line should help wrestlers even after they retire

                                                  • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                                    Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  1 weeks back

                                                    @praveen jazz MILITARY VETS AND THATS IT, BECAUSE THEY FIGHT SO OTHERS DONT HAVE TO, ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT VIRTUOUS

                                                  • praveen jazz
                                                    praveen jazz  1 weeks back

                                                    @Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah what a sick human being you are. By that defintion of yours no one deserves any welfare program...

                                                  • Troy Zeleznik
                                                    Troy Zeleznik  2 weeks back

                                                    @Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah 😂😂😂😂

                                                  • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                                    Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  2 weeks back

                                                    @Troy Zeleznik NOBODY FORCED THEM TO BE ENTERTAINERS

                                                  • Troy Zeleznik
                                                    Troy Zeleznik  2 weeks back

                                                    @Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah lol

                                                • Joe Carroll 3
                                                  Joe Carroll 3  2 weeks back

                                                  If WWE is that evil, take action & put them out of business.

                                                • Mista Fozz
                                                  Mista Fozz  2 weeks back

                                                  Would the WWE not have to change the Independent Contractor status of the roster first and make them actual employees of WWE before they can unionise???

                                                  • Mista Fozz
                                                    Mista Fozz  2 weeks back

                                                    @Mr. 23Hours we know they are essentially employees of WWE, but Vince will tell you different...I am wondering if, to become unionised, WWE management have to officially recognise them as employees

                                                  • Mr. 23Hours
                                                    Mr. 23Hours  2 weeks back

                                                    M Johnsen That is a terrible comparison, what are you even trying to say lol

                                                  • M Johnsen
                                                    M Johnsen  2 weeks back

                                                    @Mr. 23Hours So are Uber drivers. Doesn't matter. The employer sets the relationship.

                                                  • Mr. 23Hours
                                                    Mr. 23Hours  2 weeks back

                                                    Mista Fozz They ARE actual employees, the independent contractor title is a false title.

                                                • Sephiroth 87
                                                  Sephiroth 87  2 weeks back

                                                  We????? You mean can the wrestlers at wwe get a union dumbass

                                                  • Chase Schleich
                                                    Chase Schleich  2 weeks back

                                                    Lance Storm had the best idea I've heard so far. Wrestlers need to go to SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and work out a way to join. They act on television multiple timea a week so they should be eligible. Jesse Ventura is a member of SAG and it didn't cost Vince a dime. The company should be working on that deal.

                                                    • Pax Humana
                                                      Pax Humana  2 weeks back

                                                      That only happened AFTER he retired from the ring, though.

                                                  • Hi shark
                                                    Hi shark  2 weeks back

                                                    It was cool John Oliver mentioned wrestling union in his show, but unfortunately he didn't do a follow-up episode I guess the show crew didn't want to draw more wwe heat... Imagine many shows initiating wrestling union it might just happened but it will be outside wwe, as wwe only sign contracts for wrestlers as independent contractors for five years without any guarantee and assurance for future medical care and if any wrestlers walked out(which independent contractors can) wwe will put non compete clourse like it did with CM Punk in 2014. Wwe is just a terrible place for wrestling, wrestlers and storylines. I hope outside competition can force change within the wwe

                                                    • bigpimpdaddy69
                                                      bigpimpdaddy69  2 weeks back

                                                      @Hi shark Lawsuit for what specifically? For merely reporting on them? Vince would have no case for slander and it wouldn't even get to court. Oliver wouldn't put himself in that position to even be in court. And it wouldn't be a problem for John Oliver because he wouldn't be in trouble for anything. He doesn't have that show just so he can be afraid of certain people that he doesn't report on them. That would be stupid.

                                                    • Hi shark
                                                      Hi shark  2 weeks back

                                                      @bigpimpdaddy69 maybe because vince is millionaire and if they pull a law sue I think it will be problematic I think they can recover from it but why have the problem?

                                                    • THE JUSTICE
                                                      THE JUSTICE  2 weeks back

                                                      Some chick from fox interviewed Bailey and

                                                    • bigpimpdaddy69
                                                      bigpimpdaddy69  2 weeks back

                                                      Why would John Oliver be scared of WWE? Last Week Tonight doesn't really do followup episodes. And Oliver gets far more heat from other entities and figures than Vince McMahon.

                                                  • Seth Freakin Rollins Fanclub

                                                    Kevin Dunn disliked this video lol.

                                                    • Edgar Lopez
                                                      Edgar Lopez  2 weeks back

                                                      it would be great for them but it’s kinda fantasy booking at this point, a lot of things would have to go just right for it to happen

                                                      • D. Anthony
                                                        D. Anthony  2 weeks back

                                                        Test, Big Show, Mick Foley and Ken Shamrock

                                                      • Giwrgos  Dioulgkaridis
                                                        Giwrgos Dioulgkaridis  2 weeks back

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                                                        • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                                          Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  2 weeks back

                                                          @Pax Humana THIS IS A PLANET, GET OFF YOUR ENGLISH SUPREMACY DAMN NAZI

                                                        • Pax Humana
                                                          Pax Humana  2 weeks back

                                                          ENGLISH, please. I would say that what you are saying is all Greek to me, but in your case, it is quite literal, so well played, good sir.

                                                      • DJDoubleCee
                                                        DJDoubleCee  2 weeks back

                                                        At 14:19 one of the reasons why I don’t wanna be a wrestler. The touring schedule would kill me.

                                                        • NH 28
                                                          NH 28  2 weeks back

                                                          Why just WWE 🤔
                                                          The narrative is real

                                                        • King Reese
                                                          King Reese  2 weeks back

                                                          3rd dislike right here. This is a subject for the employees to have. Waste of a video

                                                          • ADAM 305
                                                            ADAM 305  2 weeks back

                                                            Theyre wrestling journalist they can talk about it

                                                        • Deathgun 2019
                                                          Deathgun 2019  2 weeks back

                                                          No, as Jim Ross once said wrestlers can barely agree on what food they want. Ventura once tried it and failed because Hulk Hogan snitched.

                                                          Edit: even if some wrestlers want to they are scared about the consequences.

                                                          • Dawnelldo2
                                                            Dawnelldo2  2 weeks back

                                                            I sadly have to agree with this.

                                                          • Space_Ace_1
                                                            Space_Ace_1  2 weeks back

                                                            If ever you needed another reason to hate Hulk Hogan

                                                          • Jacob Thomas
                                                            Jacob Thomas  2 weeks back

                                                            If you mean getting fired that’s a blessing not a consequence

                                                        • IvNoah_h
                                                          IvNoah_h  2 weeks back

                                                          Already 2 dislikes?

                                                        • Slater_Danger
                                                          Slater_Danger  2 weeks back

                                                          Not unless they want to all get cut loose.

                                                          • Connor
                                                            Connor  2 weeks back


                                                            • Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah
                                                              Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah  2 weeks back


                                                          • Nick Mitrevska
                                                            Nick Mitrevska  2 weeks back