The Villain Marty Scurll was a recent guest on the Jim Ross Report where he and JR discussed in detail his career in the wrestling industry, and how the landscape model for the business has forever changed. To be specific, Ross indicated that Scurll could essentially work anywhere he desired at this point, to which the former IWGP Junior heavyweight champion responded by commending the growth of the independent wrestling scene.
I think it really speaks volumes as to how far the pro-wrestling scene has come in the previous five years even. When I came into wrestling it was after the time WCW had been bought out, ECW had been bought out, so there [were not] a lot of options for guys. It was go to WWE or not.
The Villain broke things down even further, claiming that he is a true independent contractor and makes more than enough money working for himself.
Most recently with the growth of things like New Japan and even companies like Ring Of Honor and stuff we’ve been doing, it has given us another platform to make money and not just provide for our families, but make good money. We’ve got out shirts in every single mall in America now. We’re running stadium shows now. There are Pop! Funkos out there for us. It’s like, ‘wow’. We’re in a position now where maybe we don’t have to work in the WWE to make good money…and obviously there is something very satisfying about being your own boss. Like, as an independent contractor, pro-wrestlers are always independent contractors, but they’ll always be questioned, ‘oh, are they really independent contractors?’ Right, but myself, I’ll be an independent contractor and I’m going to make sure that I am my own boss, that I pick my own hours. I’m going to make my own business decisions. I’m going to be where I want to be when I want to be and that’s really cool.
Check out Scurll’s full interview with JR here.
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