Vince McMahon is a ruthless business man, there is no doubt about that. The WWE CEO's stop-at-nothing approach is part of the reason why the wrestling promotion has become the world's biggest in recent decades.
Now though one wrestling legend is doing his best to fight back against McMahon and the WWE machine - claiming he is owed thousands of dollars as the WWE continue to "steal" his likeness and intellectual property.
Bobby Fulton, famous as one half of The Fantastics tag-team and a veteran of wrestling from the '70s through to the 1990s, made several startling allegations in an extensive interview with WrestlingInc.
Fulton is angry with the WWE higher ups for what he sees as blatant avoidance of playing compensation despite using clips of his matches on numerous DVDs and the WWE Network.
"We're not ignorant. This man is ripped at 69. He knows a thing about ripping people off. He's been ripping off wrestlers for while now and it's time to pay up, Vince," exclaimed the wrestling legend.
It appears that Fulton's frustrations have been building up for years and, after claiming he was "the John Cena of his day," he offered some examples of where the WWE have wronged he and other veteran wrestlers.
Not paying up
"You know, I've been on the Mid-South DVD, the World Class DVDs, different tag team DVDs, featured on the Network and everything.
"My thing is this: that if they're going to use my likeness and my intellectual property which is the matches, then they need to compensate me and the referee of the match because this is entertainment, by the way–Vince told us that."
Arguing that the WWE are currently paying some wrestlers $10,000 over the same issue he argued this proves Vince McMahon knows he is in the wrong.
Taking on the man
In a separate part of the interview Fulton made an impassioned case for all those wrestlers yet to be paid their dues.
"Just because he's Vince McMahon and just because we're in our 30s and 40s and 50s, that doesn't mean that he's entitled to rob us continually for the rest of our days.
"There are a lot of guys who are crippled there are a lot of guys who've been heard in car accidents. They've lost their families for the professional wrestling business. They deserve to be compensated."
The former wrestler hasn't only taken to the media to fight his case. The legend revealed he has been in contact with the WWE on at least one occasion but the response he received was tantamount to a threat.
Fulton, speaking of a conversation with WWE's Vince President of Business Affairs, Scott Amann, he had at the back end of 2014, explained the reaction he had to the suggestion that legal action may be necessary.
"I'll tell you what; you go ahead and sue us. You'll beat us on a state level but we're going to beat you on a federal level," Fulton recalled Amann saying.
Case to answer
One the face of it, it certainly seems that Fulton and his fellow wrestlers have a case against the WWE. Surely, after the blood, sweat and tears they gave on a nightly basis during their wrestling heydays, the least Vince McMahon and the money men owe them is some compensation if they plan to use historic matches to make more profit for the WWE?
What do you think WWE fans? Is this yet more proof that Vince McMahon doesn't really care about the wrestlers? Let us know in the comments section below...
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