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WWE Talent Begins to Deactivate Twitch & Cameo Accounts

As previously reported in early October, WWE CEO Vince McMahon allegedly sent a reminder email to WWE wrestlers to “sever any unauthorized business relationships with third parties.” Those third parties in question included platforms such as Twitch and Cameo.

Now, it appears that some WWE Superstars have begun to shut down their Twitch, Cameo and Mixer accounts. According to Wrestling Inc, AJ Styles told his fans via Discord that his “Stylesclash” accounts on Mixer and Twitch were being suspended until further notice. “I will cherish these memories and I love everyone of you that have made this possible and supported me. As many of you know WWE is making some changes that involve streaming. We will see what the future holds in that regard. With that being said I will be suspending Stylesclash stream. This isn’t good bye, but this is see you sometime in the future,” he wrote.

Other wrestlers such as Mia Yim, Zelina Vega, Aleister Black and Cesaro also gave updates about the status of their Twitch channels, with Black and Vega expecting “an update on where things stand” at Friday’s Smackdown taping.

WWE Superstar Paige, who retired from wrestling in 2018 due to injury, gave an impassioned  statement to her 149,000 Twitch followers about the possibility of having to close down her Twitch account. She said, “You guys…there may be a time where I have to stop streaming. So, I think just in case I walk away, if I have to walk away, let’s make these next two streams crazy. I have to go off. If I have to leave, we make today and Saturday f****** crazy before I have to leave, because it might have to come to that.”

“I can’t wrestle anymore, I was worked so hard in WWE that I can’t wrestle anymore. I couldn’t wrestle anymore, something I lived, breathed f****** s*** wrestling since I was a fetus, dude, and it got ripped away from me, and I had to find something that even filled a little bit of that. Twitch was such a wonderful thing for me, it’s such a wonderful place for me,” Paige added.

Sources from Twitch tell WrestlingInc. that the WWE is working towards having their own Twitch channel to launch “likely by the end of this year, if not sooner,” adding, “WWE is working on plans to re-launch their Twitch presence in a major way, and they do not want anything that could compete with their own strategy moving forward.”

Stay tuned to In The Zone for more updates on WWE’s supposed Twitch channel and what will come of WWE wrestlers’ third-party accounts.

 

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Candace Cordelia
Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.

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