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Wrestlers comment on WWE’s Twitch edict, without commenting on WWE’s Twitch edict

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No one on the WWE roster has come out and directly addressed this week’s flurry of reports about the company’s policy on engaging with third party platforms like Twitch and Cameo. But a handful of talent have tweeted about how meaningful their online gaming channels and communities are to them.

Paige, who announced when Vince McMahon first informed the company’s contractors about the edict that she was switching to her real name on Twitch, has come closest to specifically talking about WWE taking over accounts:

Others have followed the lead of her initial tweet, and emphasized the good their streams have done - for themselves and others:

In addition to being nice statements of unity and inclusion at a time when the world feels in short supply on both, these aren’t bad public relations moves. Tweets like Paige, Zelina Vega, Mia Yim, and Dakota Kai’s on this issue continue something that’s been started by fans, the media, and even public figures like Andrew Yang - the positioning of WWE as the “big bad”.

Unfortunately, WWE has repeatedly shown a willingness to point to their bottom line, citing their corporate responsibility to maximize shareholder value as justification for moves some find reprehensible or immoral.

There’s no reason to believe this time will be any different.