Amid unsettling allegations regarding Vince McMahon’s conduct making headlines worldwide, it has now emerged the WWE Chairman will be going on trial next month.
The July trial will have nothing to do with the WWE board investigating claims that McMahon paid $3 million to a former employee with whom he is alleged to have had an intimate relationship. Rather McMahon’s trial will centre around the failed revival of the XFL which ended in bankruptcy for the upstart football league.
Oliver Luck was appointed to head the revamped XFL when Vince McMahon resurrected the football league in 2018. COVID-19 forced the league to call a halt to their comeback season after only five weeks of play. The XFL then terminated all of its staff and soon after filed for bankruptcy.
Former NFL quarterback Luck was let go from the company one day before it shut down and laid off the remainder of its employees. Soon after, he filed a lawsuit against Vince McMahon, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated. Luck claimed he was owed an additional $23.8 million on top of his $5 million annual pay plus bonuses. In addition, he is seeking damages and attorney fees.
Vince McMahon then filed a countersuit against Oliver Luck, alleging that the former commissioner had “knowingly and deliberately deceived” him on several occasions, including when it came to the signing of Antonio Callaway, who had been suspended in the NFL for substance abuse issues and credit card fraud. McMahon stated that Luck was obligated to furnish him with players that had no prior problems and that his termination was due to his failure to do so.
Martavis Bryant, previously of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was also named in the countersuit. Bryant had been signed to the league despite a 2016 suspension in the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic has reported that the settlement meeting to try and stop the matter from going to court didn’t even last ten minutes:
“A settlement conference in the Oliver Luck litigation against Vince Mcmahon over compensation from Luck’s time running the XFL lasted nine minutes, according to the court docket. A trial is scheduled next month”
A settlement conference in the Oliver Luck litigation against Vince Mcmahon over compensation from Luck’s time running the XFL lasted nine minutes, according to the court docket. A trial is scheduled next month
— Daniel Kaplan (@KaplanSportsBiz) June 15, 2022
The XFL is set to relaunch in 2023 under the new ownership of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital Partners.