Former WWE champion Alberto El Patron spoke with the Miami Herald to promote his recently announced promotion Nacion Lucha Libre. During the interview, Patron revealed that the company will offer performers health insurance, then compared it to the current deal wrestlers get with the WWE.
We're always going to have doctors. Our wrestlers are going to have health insurance and life insurance. Stuff they don't have in any other companies. Most of the companies, including WWE, they have their own doctors. They don't provide you with health insurance. They force you to get your own health insurance. If you don't get you own insurance, you're not allowed to perform. If anything happens in their shows, yes you're completely covered, which I think is the only company doing that. Me, I remember having a terrible injury about eight years ago and they took care of everything. I think they're the only company doing that but they don't actually provide you with health insurance. They're just covered in their events.
Patron would then talk specifics on the type of coverage that Nacion would offer.
The insurance I'm going to be giving the luchador wrestlers in Nacion Lucha Libre, it's going to cover them inside and outside the ring. It's really important to give a worker everything they deserve: health insurance, life insurance, a retirement plan. Stuff they've never had before.
At the end of the day for promoters, wrestlers are just meat. Wrestlers are just another name. They don't care one hundred percent about wrestlers. They care that we're on top and producing money for them. It's the nature of the business. It's not just professional wrestling, it's any other sport: boxing, MMA, any other sport. They're only looking for their own interest and to help their bank accounts.
You can find his full interview here.