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WWE Accused of Sabotaging Rival TV Deals to Hamper Competition

  • Rival startup sues pro wrestling giant over scuttled deals
  • WWE vows to fight lawsuit, saying claims have no merit
Vince McMahon
Vince McMahonPhotographer: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and its boss Vince McMahon were accused in a lawsuit by a rival startup of using illegal moves to maintain their chokehold on the big-money world of professional wrestling.

WWE poached wrestlers from rivals, stole confidential information and sabotaged lucrative television contracts, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by MLW Media LLC, also known as Major League Wrestling.