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Brock Lesnar might be using “The Verdict” as a match-finisher in Japan, but his legal battle with WWE is far from over, reports PWInsider.com

 

WWE’s lawyers filed a temporary restraining order on 12/6 to prevent its former wrestler from continuing his work with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Lesnar recently won the promotion’s title and was scheduled to work several upcoming shows, including NJPW’s Tokyo Dome card on 1/4/06.

 

WWE also asked the court to prevent Lesnar from working for any other professional wrestling organization and from furthering his relationship with NJPW.

 

Lesnar signed a settlement agreement with WWE in 2004 that enabled him to leave the company to pursue a career in football. In exchange, he agreed not to work for a competing organization.

 

The Stamford-based wrestling company also said that Lesnar verbally agreed to return to WWE in July 2005, only to later meet with Simon Inoki about a deal with New Japan. WWE learned during Lesnar’s November deposition that he backed out of his verbal agreement after signing with Inoki International; in the same deposition, Lesnar admitted that he decided to work for New Japan prior to receiving the court’s decision.

 

New Japan was also a target of WWE, who complained of NJPW’s calling Lesnar a “former WWE champion.” WWE left the door open to take legal action against New Japan.

 

The new developments pushed the settlement conference, which was scheduled for next week, back to 2006.

 

Source: headlineplanet.com (Brian Cantor)

 

Looks like the rumours about his return were true until he was tempted to Japan. Now WWE are tossing the toys out of their pram IMO. And complaining about calling him "former WWE champion"??? How can you complain about something that is fact? :lol :lol

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Fact is this...

 

He has changed the name of his finishing move, he is not wrestling in the same ring gear, he is not talking about the WWE what so ever in press conferances and even when a recent challange from Giant Bernad (A-Train) came up no mention was made of their WWE history...

 

It is complete pram throwing, never mind the toys...

 

The WWE has refered to Hulk Hogan as the first and former IWGP champ on several occasions (a fact that is untrue, he won the first IWGP league not actual title) but do NJPW sue them?

 

Nope.

 

Further proof that sometimes the WWE are vendictive tits. And NJPW isn't even a competative company! It;s the WWE invading the NJPW demograhic etc, if NJPW where running US shows with him as the star I'd understand but this is just lame.

 

Vince just can't hack the fact that his pet project is doing fine without him.

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Whereas the WWE are being picky, if Lesnar signed the contract for the ten year no compete clause, he should stick by it. As Lionel Hutz says:

 

"What is a contract? Webster's defines it as "an agreement under the law which is unbreakable. Which is UNBREAKABLE."

 

It's not the WWE's fault that Lesnar chose to go into something he had no ability in. That being said, if I were the WWE I'd just stop him working in the US, or TRY AND GET HIM BACK.

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Rumour has it when he was asked back Vince, knowing lesnar was running low on funds, pushed a crap downside offer in front of him and also came up with crappy re-run fueds...

 

Where as Inoki and NJPW offered him a clean break in Japan, a place he loves, a good salary, an instant title shot and reign and respect so long as he changed anything that could be seen as WWE gimmick infridgement...

 

He is also not scheduled to be part of the NJPW/NWA world cup so he won't be appearing on US soil...

 

So this is just the WWE getting annoyed because Brock snubbed them for a japanese firm (one which it is rumoured Vince tryed to buy, another possible reason for the hissy git when he was stumped by YUKES) and now Vince is angry...

 

Boo hoo Vince.

 

And what is this WWE obssesion with 10 year clauses! Because of that Mark Henry and Big Show have iron clad contracts yet Haas, Tajiri and others get booted...

 

Makes you sick.

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Whereas the WWE are being picky, if Lesnar signed the contract for the ten year no compete clause, he should stick by it. As Lionel Hutz says:

 

"What is a contract? Webster's defines it as "an agreement under the law which is unbreakable. Which is UNBREAKABLE."

 

It's not the WWE's fault that Lesnar chose to go into something he had no ability in. That being said, if I were the WWE I'd just stop him working in the US, or TRY AND GET HIM BACK.

Yeah but a court ruled he could work anywhere he wanted to broke that contract he had wit hWWE so they are just doing this in order to try and over rule the original ruling because they can't stand to lose and won't accept they got beat at their own game

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It's worth getting your hands on the .pdf of the case against him. WWE do seem to have a strong chance of victory for once, going by some of their evidence. I liked one part in particular:

 

Judge- Are you aware that the contract stated you were released "to play football, and only football?"

 

Lesnar- Yeah, I guess.

 

---------Later---------

 

Judge- So you worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling?

 

Lesnar- Yes, 100%

 

There was also a bit that went "Mr Lesnar stated to Mr McMahon that he could "commit suicide" if he was not granted a release to play football". I realise I'm an amateur law-talkin'-guy (2nd Hutz reference of the thread), but one thing I am aware of is that any contract formed when one party is "of not sound mind" is invalid. I don't think a guy running around saying he's going to kill himself if he isn't allowed to play football is a guy in a completely sane frame of mind. They might rule that the agreement to release Brock is invalidated by this, and he must return to his WWE contract, even if he just sits it out for the remaining years.

 

But of course, all of this might not matter if it's true that WWE offered him a contract below his market value, making the agreement of his release null and void, so he's free to work for any company he chooses. Contracts can also be made void if the terms are ruled as unreasonable by the court. There have been plenty of times when employees have signed waivers saying they can't work for a rival company for 10 years after they leave their current job, which could be overturned by a court because it won't allow that person to make a living. If the judge sees that Brock is first and foremost a pro wrestler with no chance of playing football these days, he could see WWE's terms as unfair and cancel the agreement, so that Brock can make a living again.

 

It'll be interesting to see how it turns out.

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omg poor brock.. if he nevr thought the deal was fair then he should have never did the contract.. nor should a judge step in and over turn a contract jsuit becasue a person has a chance to make more money.. what the WWE was paying brock was more then a living wage. brock is all about making the most money with the least amount of work. brock made a choice when he tryed to play football. do you think that if he had played football and he did not like his contract that a judge would force the team to let him go to a new team NO! wrestling mihgt be fake but it is still a sport and it should be treated like any other sport. in sports if people dont like there contract then they sit out till they are paid more. they are not allowed to go to another team whiole under contact just because they will get more money.
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brock your promotion needs you to save smackdown (Now with kennedy out 'big boys don't cry' he'll be back) So come back and then take ur punnishment of not being in the title picture for about a month. (Jesus what did beniot do) then win the title and be rich again.
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omg poor brock.. if he nevr thought the deal was fair then he should have never did the contract.. nor should a judge step in and over turn a contract jsuit becasue a person has a chance to make more money.. what the WWE was paying brock was more then a living wage. brock is all about making the most money with the least amount of work. brock made a choice when he tryed to play football. do you think that if he had played football and he did not like his contract that a judge would force the team to let him go to a new team NO! wrestling mihgt be fake but it is still a sport and it should be treated like any other sport. in sports if people dont like there contract then they sit out till they are paid more. they are not allowed to go to another team whiole under contact just because they will get more money.

That is very unfair to say!... Brock has a small daughter to provide for and thats not cheap when you look at his old lifestyle, he has alot of bills to pay and so needs to earn money but WWE is trying to make it so he can not, as he is a trained pro wrester and nothing else.

 

Yes he tried to make it as a Football player and didn't make it but so what, its not fair to expect the guy to make a living when the one thing he can do well is not an option for him.

 

How would you like it if you were excluded from making a living from your only viable job? before you condem the guy try thinking from his point of view

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That is very unfair to say!... Brock has a small daughter to provide for and thats not cheap when you look at his old lifestyle, he has alot of bills to pay and so needs to earn money but WWE is trying to make it so he can not, as he is a trained pro wrester and nothing else.

 

Yes he tried to make it as a Football player and didn't make it but so what, its not fair to expect the guy to make a living when the one thing he can do well is not an option for him.

 

How would you like it if you were excluded from making a living from your only viable job? before you condem the guy try thinking from his point of view

 

 

 

im sorry but it is fair brock singhned the contract he must deal with it now. it is not the wwe's dfault that brock now has alot of bills to pay. contacts are contracts brock never sighned a contract saying he will only work in WWE unless somebody else offers him more money.. if brock is doing this for hi daughter then maybe he should think about spending less money.. the money wwe was giving him was more then fair. maybe it did not mean huge houses and 15 cars but it was more then most of us with kids make a year..

 

brock knew what he was getting into when he singhed the contract it was enough money for him then.. if he wants out of the contract that bad and what japan is paying his is so kmuch more then he should have NP buying the contract back from the WWE

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i dont think the WWE is trying to kill the competition. i think they did that what 3 years ago.

 

as for like i said i would like one person with kids like me to step up and say that they would not be happy with what the wwe is paying htem. im sure its more then you make a year... also i think brock has alot of bills because he has no idea how to save money.

 

what brock is doing is all about money and nothing else. there is noway if the WWE takes this back to court that they wont win this time. brock got lucky the first time but im sure the good people at the WWE has a nice hand picked judge this time

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Brock Lesnar's legal team filed a motion today in opposition of WWE's request for a temporary restraining order aimed at preventing Lesnar from working weekend shows for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Lesnar's motion describes WWE's filing as "a brief which reads like the story line to one of WWE's soap-opera styled wrestling events; intentionally blurring fact and argument, just as WWE's productions blur fantasy and reality as necessary to create a good verses evil drama".

 

Lesnar's filing continues, "As entertaining as WWE's brief may be, the one and only issue the Court need decide is whether the Non-Competition Agreement is enforceable under Connecticut law." Lesnar's filing asks the Court to "deny WWE's ill timed motion for a temporary or preliminary injunction, rule that WWE has waived its right to futher respond to the pending summary judgment motion, and grant judgment in favor of Lesnar declaring that the Non-Competition Agreement is unenforceable as a matter of law.

 

The Lesnar motion blasts WWE for their last minute effort to block his appearance for New Japan this weekend saying, "Having successfully kept Lesnar in litigation limbo with respect to his rights for the past year, WWE has just now determined it appropriate to 'rush' into Court at the last minute before Lesnar is scheduled to appear at an event in Japan for the purpose of 'temporarily' restraining him from violating the Non-Competition Agreement while this suit is pending."

 

Lesnar's motion claims WWE officials were "well aware of Lesnar's contacts with New Japan even before the commencement of this action." The motion goes on to quote Lesnar as saying he had several conversations with Shane McMahon prior to his appearance at a New Japan event in January of this year. "I was in conversations with Shane numerous times, told him I was attending, going to attend." The Lesnar motion alleges the WWE filing earlier this week was an attempt to mislead the Court by stating "WWE just learned Lesnar was threatening to breach the Non-Competition Agreement at his November 21, 2005 deposition."

 

The Court had not announced a decision as to whether to grant the WWE request for a temporary restraining order as of earlier tonight.

 

 

 

The following is yesterday's story posted on 1WRESTLING.COM about the WWE request for a temporary restraining order to prevent Brock Lesnar from working weekend shows for New Japan Pro Wrestling

 

WWE's legal team filed motions on Tuesday in connection with their ongoing legal battle with Brock Lesnar over conditions of his release from WWE. The motions were filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut asking "for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, for the reasons set forth in WWE's memorandum of law filed concurrently herewith, to enjoin Plaintiff Brock Lesnar ("Lesnar") from breaching the Settlement Agreement and General Release of All Claims (the "Settlement Agreement") between WWE and Lesnar."

 

WWE is asking specifically that the court issue an injunction preventing Lesnar from:

 

a: performing or appearing in association with New Japan on December 10 and 11, 2005 and January 4, 2006;

 

b: otherwise performing or appearing in association with New Japan or any other person or entity involved in professional wrestling during the pendency of this litigation;

 

c: entering into any agreement to perform or appear in association with New Japan or any other person or entity involved in professional wrestling during the pendency of this litigation; and

 

d: otherwise breaching his obligations to WWE under the Settlement Agreement and General Release of All Claims.

 

 

 

In support of the request for the restraining order and injunction, WWE said they "recently learned that Lesnar has entered into a contract to perform for New Japan Pro Wrestling ("New Japan") on December 10 and 11, 2005 and January 4, 2006 in brazen disregard and violation of the Settlement Agreement and General Release of All Claims (the "Settlement Agreement") specifically at issue in this matter". WWE says in court filings they first learned of this at a deposition held on November 21, 2005 "after months of Lesnar concealing, and indeed affirmatively misrepresenting" dealings and arrangements with New Japan.

 

In the deposition, Lesnar was questioned about his understanding of the restrictions imposed by the Settlement Agreement. Lesnar was asked "And on its face do you understand (the Settlement Agreement) to prohibit you from appearing for New Japan if enforceable?" Lesnar's answer was "Yeah, I guess so." A followup question was asked of Lesnar, "And you made a decision not to wait for the Court's decision on your request?" Lesnar's response was, "Exactly 100 percent right".

 

Source - 1wrestling.com

 

Looks like WWE are just being a pain in the backside.

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