MLW Suing WWE

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MLW Suing WWE
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MLW is suing WWE. 

It's been said WWE pressurized Vice and other media outlets to cancel their TV deals with MLW.

Professional wrestling company Major League Wrestling (MLW) (MLW Media LLC), filed a lawsuit today against World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). The federal court antitrust lawsuit is based on WWE’s ongoing attempts to undermine competition in and monopolize the professional wrestling market by interfering with MLW’s contracts and business prospects.

WWE allegedly forced third parties to terminate contracts and potential agreements with MLW, according to the complaint. WWE's misbehaviour includes disturbing every aspect of MLW's operations, including a huge streaming deal for the company that would have been transformative.

In early 2021, after MLW announced that it was in talks with VICE TV to air MLW programmes on VICE TV, a then-WWE executive warned VICE TV that WWE owner Vince McMahon was "pissed," and that VICE TV should stop working with MLW, to which the VICE TV executive responded that WWE's conduct was illegal and an antitrust violation, to which the WWE executive responded that she couldn't control McMahon.

“WWE has been wrongfully depriving its competitors of critical opportunities for many years, but its latest conduct has been even more unconscionable,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. “I think we speak for the rest of the professional wrestling world when we say that this anti-competitive behavior has to stop.”

WWE’s ongoing misconduct has hurt fans of professional wrestling and competition in the professional wrestling industry. Through this lawsuit, MLW seeks to recover its losses due to WWE’s interference and to enjoin WWE from future interference.

The case is titled MLW Media LLC v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. MLW is represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

MLW attorneys allegedly approached WWE's legal team in February 2020, stating that they had attempted to tamper with MLW's contracted talent. 

Since MLW began signing talent in 2018, its contracts have included language barring talent from working WWE dates, according to the 2020 report, with a notation that the promotion enhanced its wording against working dates for other organisations after AEW was created in 2019.

Furthermore, one MLW source indicated that the promotion had a "abundance" of evidence if the case went to court, while they remained hopeful that this would not be necessary at the time.

Check back soon for more on this developing story