Vince McMahon‘s crackdown on third party apps like Twitch has finally reached the biggest streamers in the company. The reasons behind the company forcing wrestlers into suspending their accounts is still up in the air. WWE does get revenue from these accounts and only a portion of it goes to the wrestler, as reported by Sportskeeda.
Fans have not been very happy with the news. Some fans liked to see their favourite wrestlers in a different environment having a good time instead of putting their bodies on the line in the ring. AJ Styles was one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, but he too had to suspend his account.
Fans left comments on Styles’ Instagram posts saying wrestlers should fight for the right to stream. Fans left positive comments on tweets from Mia Yim and Paige too.
Fans were furious when Vince McMahon initially announced the ban on Twitch streaming services in WWE. The tweets in response to the ban were downright hilarious to read, and some were genuinely concerning, regarding how close some fans got to the streams.
WWE has been cracking down on these accounts for reasons that are still up in the air. AJ Styles sent a message on his discord server saying, “As many of you know WWE is making some changes regarding streaming. We will see what the future holds in that regard.”
Alongside the fans, even wrestlers voiced their displeasure with the incident. Paige went on a rant about the work she’s done for the company, including her career ending neck injury. “I have honestly gotten to the point, I cannot deal with this company anymore,” said Paige. To her, Twitch was an escape from the fact that she cannot wrestle.
The ban comes at a cost to WWE as they do get a portion of the revenue that wrestlers earn via streaming. The changes highlighted by AJ Styles might be regarding the revenue itself. However, the decision is out of the hands of wrestlers but in the hands of WWE officials and of course, Vince McMahon.