This month, Vince McMahon has been hit with multiple investigations. However, he now has one less thing to worry about with the dismissal of one lawsuit.
The allegations against Vince McMahon began in June when a Wall Street Journal article reported that the WWE stalwart was being investigated by the board of the company over an alleged affair with a former employee, which involved him paying $3 million in “hush money”.
Shortly after the allegations came out, McMahon stepped away from his role as CEO of WWE, with his daughter Stephanie McMahon returning to the company to fill the role on an interim basis.
The pressure on Vince McMahon increased on 8th July 2022, when further allegations came to light. This involved a report that $12 million had been paid to employees of WWE who were with the company over the course of 16 years, and that non-disclosure agreements were made as part of the deals. In particular, the report claimed that one wrestler was coerced by McMahon in to performing oral sex, with a payment eventually being made of $7.5 million.
In among all this, former XFL Commisioner Oliver Luck sued McMahon and the XFL for wrongful termination, seeking $24 million. In response, Vince McMahon countersued Oliver, claiming the termination was “for cause” upon Luck’s signing of Antonio Callaway, an ex-NFL wide receiver, who was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.
In some rare good news for McMahon, that lawsuit has now been settled. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that the lawsuit was “officially dismissed with prejudice” on 29 June, while Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston stated that the case had actually been “amicably resolved”.
One of Luck's attorneys confirmed to me the XFL lawsuit has been settled.
"The parties have amicably resolved this matter, and wish each other well in future endeavors." https://t.co/hZ8oyp0IWT
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) June 20, 2022
The first version of the XFL was announced in February 2000. The league’s only season was played in 2001, with the Los Angeles Xtreme defeating the San Francisco Demons in the ‘Million Dollar Game’ on 21 April. It was resurrected by McMahon in 2020, but , due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was forced to halt play mid-season. Soon after this, the company filed for bankruptcy.
Currently, the League is under the ownership of a consortium led by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Gerry Cardinale. It is due to kick-off a new season in 2023.