Last year, Major League Wrestling made headlines after filing a lawsuit against WWE for what they claimed was malicious interference with their contracts and business operations. The lawsuit alleged that WWE had been pressuring third parties to back out of agreements and prospective relationships with MLW, effectively sabotaging their growth and success. Now it seems WWE is facing another legal threat with an amended lawsuit mentioning Peacock.
Furthermore, the lawsuit claimed that WWE had interfered with MLW’s negotiations with VICE TV in 2021, ultimately causing them to fall through. This alleged interference was seen by many as a blatant attempt to stifle competition and maintain WWE’s dominant position in the professional wrestling industry.
As the legal battle between MLW and WWE continues to unfold, fans and industry insiders alike are closely monitoring the outcome and potential impact on the wider wrestling landscape.
As previously reported, Judge Edward J. Davila of the U.S. District Court, California Northern District (San Jose) dismissed the antitrust lawsuit filed by MLW against WWE last month.
As previously reported, MLW was granted the option to file an amended lawsuit against WWE within 21 days of the dismissal, which they have now done. It’s worth noting that MLW may have received some assistance in their efforts from a recent revelation.
According to reports, MLW’s amended lawsuit against WWE references their exclusion from the Peacock streaming platform, which recently acquired WWE’s streaming rights. The lawsuit alleges that WWE leveraged their dominant position in the industry to secure the exclusive streaming deal, thus furthering their monopoly on the professional wrestling market.
According to PWInsider, MLW has filed an amended lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), alleging that WWE’s “predatory conduct” has impeded their ability to compete and license programming to streaming services. The lawsuit cites the recent situation with REELZ and Peacock as evidence that WWE is attempting to suppress competitors, and that MLW is now at risk of losing their TV deal as a result.
In addition, MLW is claiming that WWE attempted to interfere with other promotions, including allegedly attempting to get Madison Square Garden to cancel a joint ROH/NJPW show in 2018. The amended lawsuit also includes the claim that WWE controls 92% of the wrestling sphere, with AEW controlling 6% and everyone else controlling 2%.
The amended lawsuit, which is 44 pages long, is an indication that MLW is continuing to fight against WWE’s alleged anti-competitive behavior, despite their initial lawsuit being dismissed. The outcome of this ongoing legal battle could have significant implications for the professional wrestling industry as a whole. We’ll keep you updated on this ongoing case.