Internal Reports on Brian Wittenstein, More on TNA’s Lawsuit Against WWE

Posted by Matt Boone May 28, 2012 14 Comments

- People who work in the WWE offices report that Brian Wittenstein as very open about his knowledge of TNA while working for WWE. Someone in WWE finally realized that Wittenstein could be hurting them with what he was doing and he was fired. Wittenstein didn’t even make it out of his probationary period as he was fired before 90 days were up.

Wittenstein worked on the New York independent scene before getting a job with TNA and later WWE. People in both companies say that he talked too much, had a big mouth and didn’t know his place.

After WWE fired Wittenstein, they wanted to protect themselves so they approached TNA with what they knew. TNA, feeling that Ric Flair was giving them trouble because he wanted out of his deal to return to WWE, put the two situations together and felt like they had the right to file suit against WWE.

As noted before, the feeling within WWE is that they are being sued by TNA for doing the right thing.

Source: PWInsider

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    • ExtremeWrestlingFan

      TNA drop the Lawsiut otherwise WWE will bring the big guns. And there ammunition, will tell u how many of there segments,promos, and other references that u stole from everyone.

      • Jacob.galliher

        Storylines and promos don’t mean $hit in a court of law unless the WWE can lay filed and registered claim to the idea (ie the elimination chamber design & name) and a particular phrase used in a promo (ie I am the game). What we see as the storylines on tv are nothing more than thoughts put together, you can’t trademark a thought unless it’s printed word and all it would take is changing one aspect (for example a name) before it could be filed as being a parody and not directly copyright infringement.

        Besides, most of WWE’s stuff lately is poorly done rehashes from something else.

    • pointless lawsuits

      TNA how stupid can you really be? The WWE is not going to lose this case because you have no case against them. They came forward and suppplied you with the info that he was giving plus they terminated his dumb a-s to boot. What else did you want them to? If you think you will see $$$$$$ forget it. The judge will most likely throw this case out due to it having no merit. That is why the WWE had the case moved to federal court (as well as the Doug Sommers case) so it is done with after this one go around so they don’t have to keep fighting these frivioulous lawsuits.

    • Kage

      I can see WWE’s stance in this, but…

      The whole ‘3 weeks’ thing. For a large company like WWE, was that too much time spent sitting on their hands about the TNA documents? Or was it a perfectly acceptable amount of time?

    • Skulhead2a

      WWE firing him acknowledges that there was a problem. They didn’t notify TNA for 3 weeks AFTER the firing which means it was common knowledge even longer. Any way you slice it TNA’s private company information was being used. Also, the whole WCW/WWF angle is not even close to the same. Turner was just throwing large amounts of cash at superstars without knowing what their actual contracts/pay were. WWE having insider knowledge is illegal.

      • Ted Hammersley

        thats so true, they still had the information for 3 weeks, thats enough time to take notes.

    • Ice

      Sucks for TNA

    • Wrestlehead

      So he gave WWE ‘inside knowledge’ about TNA. We’ve all sat here and discussed for months how TNA does stupid things on a regular basis. How can this ‘inside knowledge’ help WWE in any way? Also, how are the 2 companies even in direct competition with each other? They air their programs on different nights and the only WWE guys going over to TNA are guys WWE doesn’t want. The guy had a big mouth, and he was fired. That should be the end of it right there. For them to sit and analyze all the technicalities to death is a colossal waste of time.

      • Jacob.galliher

        How can it help WWE? Well if he knew the structuring of the TNA talent contracts that deal in how talent get paid and he passed that along to WWE officials then they are able to always counter offer but not over offer talent that both companies are vying for. WWE can basically go to any independent talent and say ‘sign with us because TNA is going to offer you ‘x’ amount of dollars for ‘y’ amount of days and they are going to give you ‘z’ amount of time to make this many days after which we’ll bump you up to ‘xx’ amount of dollars for ‘ZZ’. WWE can outbid TNA any day of the week if it’s a bidding war, everyone knows this but WWE simply possessing that information is detrimental to TNA’s business practice and IF the WWE were to ever divulge that information to a talent TNA was interested in resigning it would almost be in line with tampering.

        More than likely what the suit will render is documentation on what exact information was given by this loud mouth that was fired to TNA so that they can make applicable adjustments to whatever it was that was disclosed and a ruling that WWE is to never use that information and every person that was given it will be held under the terms of a nondisclosure contract.

        • Wrestlehead

          Great message. I still feel, however, that a lawsuit is completely unnecessary. WWE has been more than forthcoming about the information they received from this guy, and terminated him as soon as they found out he was blabbing about it all. As the only major promotion left they know they have to be very careful about how they conduct their business. It would make more sense to me if they came to some sort of agreement out of court.
          If they used this information in any way to lure away Ric Flair then I can understand where they’re coming from, however Flair hasn’t been used in a wrestling capacity for months nor did he draw money for TNA.

    • Peter

      And WWE informed TNA about the situation, and they still get sued? Come one TNA. How low can they get?

    • TVDLover

      I’m thinking everyone’s missing the point, IMO. Why aren’t they suing Brian Wittenstein??

      • Wrestlehead

        Quite simply, because Brian Wittenstein wouldn’t have enough money to make it worth their while. However, WWE is worth millions and TNA are probably going to argue that WWE somehow ‘knew’ he was giving them this information, or wanted it in some way before they fired him. I personally don’t think it’s plausible based on the story but that’s the theory anyway.

    • Nathan Baulch

      As a long phoenix wright fan, Anyone or company that begins with w wins. Lol

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