Freddie Prinze Jr. has a great deal of knowledge and respect for the pro wrestling industry. The actor worked for WWE as a writer in exchange for stock options, which gave him an education on how the business works. Freddie has recently been kicking around the idea of starting his own promotion, and now that is starting to become a reality.
On his podcast, “Wrestling with Freddie,” Prinze Jr. discussed his vision for a new wrestling organization. The key factor is that he wants it to be a union shop. Several other details were shared during the latest episode of his show.
Freddie Prinze Jr. wants to give equal time to men and women. He doesn’t expect a TV deal at first and intends to run live shows that will be taped. The most important thing that differentiates his vision from other companies is that every wrestler will be a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild.
“I plan on having this thing up and running in 18 months. That’s my plan. There’s a way to get it done sooner, but it requires me going to Australia for three months and leaving my family. I’m not a big fan of doing that, regardless of how kind and respectful the studio is, unless I was in a position where I had to…
I think I want to start it as a two hour show. I want my storylines based in reality. I want to give the women and the men equal time on the roster. And then, the goal is to bring the show to television, and I mentioned this on Ariel’s podcast, but it’s important to me, so I’m going to say it again. I want it to be a SAG show and what that means is I want it to be a union show, which means each and every single one of my wrestlers would be a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and be entitled to all the insurance and medical benefits and retirement plans that that entails.”
The pro wrestling industry is a crowded space. With AEW’s launch in 2019 and the existing Impact Wrestling already competing with WWE, finding talent could turn into a feeding frenzy. Freddie Prinze Jr. is hoping by offering union benefits, he can attract some of those wrestlers to his new company. Time will tell if he can find success in his new venture.
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Transcription by Thirsty for News