After several injuries in recent weeks, AEW changes their safety protocol. Also, Maria Kanellis had no problem bashing how WWE treats their employees.
AEW Changes Safety Protocol
As AEW’s next pay-per-view event nears, the promotion is preparing for anything and everything to happen.
Next up on the schedule for AEW is Full Gear this Saturday. Fighter safety is a major concern for the promotion and they are improving it ahead of the event.
Tony Khan said in an interview with PW Insider Elite that they will have additional protective measures put in place. Also, Chris Nowinski, a former WWE superstar and CTE expert, will be brought in.
“I’ve added a two-way feature where the referees can talk back to us if there are injuries,” Khan said. “All communication is not only going one way, and I have encouraged referees to let us know what’s going on.”
Nowinski runs the Concussion Legacy Foundation as the CEO. The group has made major improvements in studying the brain and what it goes through during pro wrestling matches and more.
During a recent episode of AEW Dynamite, Alex Reynolds was knocked out. Eventually, Reynolds was able to make it to his feet and exit the ring under his own power.
Matt Hardy says he suffered a concussion from his fall at All Out, and thanks the fans for all the support he’s gotten over the last few days. Matt says he’s sorry to Reby Hardy and his sons for putting them through that #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/yZZYDgBjBc
— John (@JohnWalters_8) September 10, 2020
When it came to what happened at All Out with Matt Hardy, I agree with the fans that the ref. Should’ve stopped the Match and taken him to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/XhSWbKxoCH
— Steven Simmons (@steven8jr) September 10, 2020
Another injury was Ray Fenix, who has been having trouble with his neck and back. That can be attributed to his reckless style.
Maria Kanellis Details WWE Disdain
Two of the many superstars that were sent packing when the novel coronavirus pandemic hit included Maria Kanellis and her husband, Mike.
Now, Kanellis is releasing some interesting information regarding both the promotion and how they treat the superstars. Basically, she is spilling the beans.
On Twitter, Kanellis sent out a series of posts revealing some detailed notes from her time within the WWE.
“No. No benefits, no vacation time, no unemployment, no union, no childcare, no retirement,” Kanellis posted .”And we pay for our own retain car, food, tolls, etc.
“All expenses are paid by us and not reimbursed by WWE.”
Kanellis also let it be known that as independent contractors, securing healthcare for herself, her husband and their children is extremely difficult.
“Insurance companies don’t really like insuring wrestlers,” she said.
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“They cover injuries that happen in the ring while you work there,” she said. “BUT, the caveat is some wear and tear injuries fail after a WWE contract and that is not covered. Neither is disability.
“So, some guys/girls are permanently in pain. That is not covered.”
One of the many talking points during the Presidential election centered around healthcare between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Also, Andrew Yang has spoken about a union for wrestlers.
“Our nation is leaning more and more towards a workforce that is filled with independent contractors (Lyft, Uber, UFC, etc.),” Kanellis wrote. “And if that is what we are going to be considered we should be protected.”
She also blames executives within WWE for her release and not the coronavirus pandemic, posting “We were released because of greed.”
And, they are not alone as others have expressed their displeasure.