In January of 2022, Major League Wrestling (MLW) filed an antitrust case against WWE. The suit from Court Bauer’s company cited a couple instances where they claim WWE influenced third parties like Vice and FOX-owned streamer Tubi to not do business with them. It also alleged WWE broke laws while attempting to recruit MLW wrestlers, and to learn confidential & proprietary information about MLW’s business.
The suits gone through multiple motions to dismiss from WWE and amended filings from MLW. Back in June, after the latest round of filings, the judge decided the case would move forward. Now, nearly two years after it began, it’s coming to an end. Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston shared the “Joint Motion of Settlement” the two sides filed with the court today (Dec. 11):
WWE and MLW have come to a settlement in the antitrust case against WWE.— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 11, 2023
Lawyers for both companies filed today:
"The Parties are in the process of completing the final settlement documents and expect to file the appropriate dismissal papers within the next thirty (30) days" pic.twitter.com/t3507vGJg4
As of this writing, neither WWE or MLW has commented on the filing.
It’s not clear if we’ll ever learn any of what was agreed upon by the two sides in order to reach a settlement. Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer pointed out in a post on X that general terms may be disclosed by WWE parent company TKO in filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, but details will likely be sealed.
We’ll share any of that information as it becomes available.