Major League Wrestling recently fired off a legal hail mary as they sued WWE and their powerful legal machine for antitrust violations. Court Bauer’s organization alleges that WWE moved to stop several business deals that could have been transformative for MLW had they worked out. At the center of the controversy was a potential partnership with streaming service Tubi.
WWE didn’t like the idea and is accused of having worked to stop the deal from being completed. MLW is suing WWE because of “ongoing attempts to undermine competition in and monopolize the professional wrestling market.” The complaint alleges that WWE pressured third parties to abandon their business with MLW.
Long-time WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt has scoffed at the idea. McDevitt believes that if Tubi was in breach, then MLW should be suing them. Vince McMahon’s legal ace also believes that MLW’s poor television performance had a lot to do with Tubi pulling out.
The financial circumstances of that potential deal will not see the light of day for the time being. MLW made a motion to have those records sealed. It was granted by a judge on February 1, according to PW Insider.
There have been plenty of attempts to take down WWE through the legal system in the past. Vince McMahon and his organization have survived them all. The brass at MLW is hoping for a different result.
The suit is a long shot for Major League Wrestling. A victory could potentially change the entire wrestling landscape. Vince McMahon and Jerry McDevitt don’t seem too concerned with any of it.
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