The professional wrestling industry is notorious for its constantly shifting dynamics, where maintaining originality in storylines, characters, and other creative elements can be a significant challenge. In a recent development, a wrestler has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against both WWE and AEW, alleging they used his intellectual property without permission. After getting dismissed, the case was reopened and now WWE has responded to the same.

Anthony Duane Wilson’s lawsuit against both WWE and AEW included serious accusations of plagiarism and damages, claiming the companies used his creative works, such as wrestling gimmicks, names, slogans, and likenesses, without his permission. He stated that these actions infringed upon his plans to launch his own wrestling promotion and his discussions with Bullet Club members about joining him.

Wilson claims that WWE and AEW’s alleged use of his intellectual property without authorization has caused him significant harm, including market, product, personal, and financial damages. He accuses both companies of not only using his work without acknowledgement or compensation, but also intentionally derailing his career.

Despite these claims, Judge Benita Y. Pearson dismissed the lawsuit on November 3, 2023. The dismissal was due to neither WWE nor AEW being served with the lawsuit within 90 days of its initial filing in August 2023. As a result, Wilson’s claims weren’t addressed in court, ending the case unless he refiled and ensured proper service within the allotted timeframe.


Wilson initially sought $250,000,000 in damages and the return of all his intellectual property. After the lawsuit’s initial dismissal, he chose to refile, ensuring both AEW and WWE were served. This development gives the case a second chance, raising interest in whether Wilson’s allegations will move forward in court.

According to PWInsider, WWE filed a response to the amended plagiarism lawsuit against them and AEW on May 3, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown.

WWE’s response states that all of Wilson’s claims should be dismissed, arguing he lacks a legitimate basis under Ohio State law and denying all allegations against them. Additionally, WWE did not address Wilson’s current incarceration, where he was found guilty of throwing urine on a corrections officer. They also ignored Wilson’s unusual demand for the return of “all ships and plunder.”

We have also reported that the lawsuit cannot be dismissed. The result of the revised lawsuit could have a major effect on both wrestling companies and set a precedent for similar cases. It’s uncertain how the case will progress, as it currently seems like an uphill battle for the plaintiff.

What do you think of this bizarre lawsuit? Do you feel the lawsuit has merit? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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