WWE’s Talent Relation division - a department overseen by HHH - sent out letters to former wrestlers and referees this week, offering financial and debt help, as well as assistance with college education.
According to PWInsider, the letters contain information pertaining to a new program that allows anyone ever under contract with WWE the opportunity to take advantage of free financial planning and debt management services via a specialist firm contracted by the company.
In addition to financial assistance, former talent are also being offered college scholarships of $5,000 per semester in an effort to help them further their education and learn new skills. In order to be eligible for the 2014 semester, interested parties must enrol by August 1 and provide proof of enrolment to the WWE.
This is an excellent move by WWE, both morally and from a public relations standpoint. The pro wrestling industry has a history of workers falling on hard times after having left the business - this program will go someway to mending that stereotype. It should be said however, that, on the whole, WWE does have a great track record of helping out former talent, as proven in the recent cases involving the families of Ultimate Warrior and Viscera (Nelson Frazier Jr).
Along with its substance rehabilitation programs, also offered free of charge to current and former members of the locker room, financial and professional help shows WWE in a good light and will go a long way in helping talents – the majority of whom will never reach the level of a John Cena or Randy Orton – build a new life away from the business.
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