Former WWE Superstar EC3 has spoken of the pressure the company puts its wrestlers under, describing how they are made to feel “petrified” over losing their jobs.
EC3 originally worked for WWE up until 2013, and re-joined the company in 2018. This came after a very successful stint in IMPACT Wrestling where he held the World Championship on two occasions.
Heading to NXT in 2018, EC3 enjoyed further success as part of the then black and gold brand, before being called up to the main roster in the early stages of 2019. At this point the wheels seemed to come off somewhat, and he was mostly seen on Main Event with a handful of Raw and SmackDown matches before his eventual departure in April 2020.
Speaking to Dr. Chris Featherstone on UnSKripted, EC3 discussed what life is like for the creative team and how at the end of the day they all just answer to one man.
The creative answered to one man, that one man was Vince [McMahon]. Everyone is nervous and job-scared and they have constant things going on in their world where someone is changing their show. I wouldn’t want their (creative) job to save my life.
It would seem like a rat race and they get turned over really quick. It’s a lot of chains and links to get to the top, and it’s how you facilitate that through your writer and who’s overseeing him. Because at the end of the day, it’s only one man who counts, so that’s what you have to do.
He went on to say that the insecurity around keeping your contract with WWE was manufactured as a way of controlling the talent.
It’s corporate wrestling man. It’s controlled mechanism. You’re created to be job-scared and petrified and fall in line, which truly ruins modern-day wrestling because if you’re afraid to do anything, the natural reaction and charisma and ability that talents have is subsided by the back-end fear that they’re going to lose their job.
Well, guess what? You’re going to lose your job no matter how – just go out swinging. If I had one regret, it’s that I fell in line and that I didn’t boldly go for it.
Since leaving WWE, EC3 has promoted two Control The Narrative shows. On the first show he faced Matt Cardona, and on the second he faced Braun Strowman, now known by his real name Adam Scherr who was competing in his first match since his WWE release early in 2021.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.