Major League Wrestling files Antitrust lawsuit against WWE


Anti Trust lawsuit filed against WWE by a competing professional wrestling promotion Major League Wrestling

Major League Wrestling issued a press release on Tuesday night announcing that it had filed an antitrust lawsuit against WWE for the “ongoing attempts of the company to undermine competition in and monopolize the professional wrestling market by interfering with MLW’s contracts and business prospects.”

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The lawsuit accuses WWE of pressuring third parties to abandon contracts and potential relationships with MLW. Additionally, a pair of business deals that MLW claims WWE interfered with are mentioned in the lawsuit.

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MLW claims that WWE nixed a deal that MLW had signed with streaming platform Tubi that “would have been transformative” for the promotion. However, Tubi is owned by Fox, one of WWE’s television partners. WWE SmackDown airs on Fox every Friday.

Major League Wrestling is an independent wrestling promotion (Wrestling Headline)

WWE is alleged to derail the relationship between MLW and Vice TV 

The company has been given an allegation that they are trying to derail the relationship between MLW and Vice TV. MLW claims that it announced that it was in talks with Vice TV to air MLW’s programme.

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A then-WWE executive “warned Vice TV that WWE owner Vince McMahon was ‘pissed’ that Vice TV was airing MLW programs and they should stop working with MLW.” 

The Vice TV executive responded by saying that WWE’s conduct was illegal and an antitrust violation but the WWE executive said they couldn’t control McMahon. MLW also claimed that the company aired footage on MLW wrestlers during one of its broadcasts without authorization and encouraged them to breach their contracts.

However, WWE disputed the accusations made in the lawsuit and made a statement on this.

“WWE believes these claims have no merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them,” 

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