An upcoming lawsuit involving WWE and another wrestling promotion has been put on hold for the time being with a hearing postponed.
Back in January 2022, Major League Wrestling issued a press release revealing that they had filed an anti-trust lawsuit against WWE in federal court. The statement noted that the lawsuit is based on “WWE’s ongoing attempts to undermine competition in and monopolize the professional wrestling market by interfering with the company’s contracts and business prospects.”
The statement continued by accusing WWE of interfering in broadcast deals and says a WWE executive warned VICE TV that former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was “p*ssed” that they were airing Major League Wrestling on television:
“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.”
Major League Wrestling CEO and former WWE writer Court Bauer was quoted in the press release, saying:
“WWE has been wrongfully depriving its competitors of critical opportunities for many years, but its latest conduct has been even more unconscionable. I think we speak for the rest of the professional wrestling world when we say that this anti-competitive behavior has to stop.”
WWE issued a brief response to news of the lawsuit, stating:
“WWE believes these claims have no merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them.”
Now PWInsider has reported that a hearing relating to the lawsuit scheduled for Thursday, 27th of October in the U.S. District Court, California Northern District (San Jose). Instead, the hearing that is intended to set up the particulars of the discovery process and could outline when a trial might take place will happen on the 5th of December.