WWE makes big changes to wrestler contracts to avoid CM Punk repeat

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The WWE are this week in the process of making alterations to all of their wrestler's contracts in a bid to avoid the issues that have dogged the recent departures of Superstars Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk.

As reported by Wrestling Inc. the entire roster of talent currently employed by the WWE have seen their deals changed to include a new stipulation regarding merchandise rights and future work outside of the organization.

Contract details

As such any wrestler who is fired for breaking WWE code of conduct, or disciplinary reasons (as was the case for Del Rio in the summer of 2014) will now immediately forefit all of their merchandise rights. They will also be banned from employment in pro wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts for a full 12 months.

Setting a precedent 

The move comes after issues arose with both Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk - the two now former WWE Superstars having had protracted dealings with the WWE ever since leaving the company last year.

Despite being fired all the way back in August, Del Rio was only recently able to take up work with rival promotions after reaching an agreement with the powers that be in WWE allowing him to do so. Clearly though Vince McMahon and co are not willing to let that happen again.

Punk's role

CM Punk's case of course led to high profile criticism of the WWE and both these recent alterations to the contracts of those left in the company come after Punk's more recent actions.

It was reported recently that CM Punk had sent a detailed letter to the WWE accusing them of failing to pay out on money owed from merchandise and now of course the former WWE Superstar is set to begin a career in the UFC.

Current stars

While the reports today make it clear that changes have been made to all performers working in the WWE it remains to be seen whether the same clauses have been inserted into the contract of Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar of course has previous experience in MMA and it is unlikely the part-timer would accept being told he couldn't return to the sport for a whole year - even if he is unlikely ever to break the WWE's disciplinary agreement.

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