It was reported earlier that WWE has decided to take over control of the Twitch accounts of Superstars. The talents are to receive a percentage of the revenue, which will be counted against their guaranteed downside.
The whole third party ban has got quite a bit of backlash already ever since the edict was made public. The addition of Twitch ownership saw several WWE Superstars voice their opinions against it on Twitter.
AJ Styles is undoubtedly one of the biggest WWE Superstar at present to have a huge Twitch following. He is a regular streamer, and on one of his recent streams, he opened up about the whole matter.
AJ Styles on WWE’s Twitch takeover
Styles revealed that he had to find out about the evict at the same time as everyone else – from the internet – and was disappointed with the lack of communication. He said he does not know any more than we do, and he expected better than that from WWE.
“I literally don’t know and unfortunately I found out the same way a lot of you did – through the internet, which is a shame… You’d think it’d be better than that. For guys who are on here trying to, not only work for WWE, but get on here and Twitch and stuff like that, you’d think it’d be a lot easier to communicate with us and us alone instead of whoever it is behind the scenes and them going to Joe Blow and them having more information than us. Is anything set in stone? I don’t think anything is. I think it’s going to come down to communication.” H/T Wrestling Inc
Styles went on to say that none of the Superstars are making millions on Twitch. With live fans off the table right now, this is the only way they get to interact with the fans.
“Nobody is on here making millions on Twitch. We are not pro gamers. That’s not what is happening. I feel like, for us, it’s an opportunity to do what we love – play video games and interact with our fans. It’s a chance to appreciate you guys appreciating us – that’s basically what’s going on. Especially with what’s going on in the world. We don’t get to see you guys anymore unless you’re on the video screen in the ThunderDome. We don’t get to see you; we don’t get to talk to you; we don’t get to do much. This is the next best thing.”
On WWE as a workplace
Because of the Twitch debacle, there are a lot of rumors going around about WWE forcing things on the Superstars. AJ Styles said that he was uncertain as to what the company wants out of this decision. But despite all of that, WWE is a great place to work at, there just needs to be better communication.
“I don’t know what they’re hoping to get out of this. The communication has not been as great as we’d like. There’s a lot of us who are all on the same page – we’ve talked to each other. We’re facing the same thing. It’s all doom and gloom or, ‘Oh, that’s all they want.’ I feel like this is an opportunity for me and my channel to say, ‘This is what’s really going on’ and debunk some stupid rumors that are going on.”
“WWE is a great place to work. Despite what you may think and despite what’s going on with the Twitch and stuff like that. There just needs to be better communication and direction – lines in the sand, I guess you could say. Like, ‘You don’t cross this; You can’t do this’ because there is that crazy thing about us being an independent contractor.”