MLW: MLW files antitrust lawsuit against WWE

Posted on 1/12/122 by Colin Vassallo

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.

As described in the complaint, WWE pressured third parties
to abandon contracts and prospective relationships with MLW.
WWE’s misconduct included disrupting every level of MLW’s
business, including a major streaming deal for MLW which
would have been transformative for the company.

MLW also allege in the complaint that in early 2021, after
MLW announced that it was in talks with VICE TV to air MLW
programs on VICE TV, a then-WWE executive warned VICE TV
that WWE owner Vince McMahon was “pissed” that VICE TV was
airing MLW programs, and that VICE TV should stop working
with MLW, the VICE TV executive responded that WWE’s conduct
was illegal and an antitrust violation, with the WWE
executive responding that she could not 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 captioned MLW Media LLC v. World Wrestling
Entertainment, Inc. MLW is represented by Kasowitz Benson
Torres LLP.

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