TNA Takes Legal Action Against Scott Steiner Over Twitter Rants

Posted by Michael Bluth June 20, 2012 17 Comments

Total Nonstop Action Entertainment has taken legal action against former wrestler Scott Steiner following weeks of “disparaging remarks” online about the organization, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and other employees, according to Nashville’s City Paper. TNA filed a verified complaint Monday in Nashville Chancery Court asking for an injunction to stop Steiner’s “disparaging remarks” on Twitter.

The Nashville based wrestling organization claims that Steiner’s remarks breach a contract he signed in December 2010. It specifically stipulates that he is “forbidden from making public statements, including messages online, concerning TNA or any of its employees without prior approval.” City Paper, however, does not disclose whether the stipulation stands following his departure from the organization in March 2012.

“In blatant disregard of the parties’ Agreement, Steiner has engaged in a concerted effort to disparage TNA, its wrestlers, and other talent and cast them in a negative light,” the lawsuit states.

TNA formally demanded that Steiner stop posting disparaging remarks on Twitter on May 10. He responded five days later through the social media website: “Havent tweeted lately bcuz I got a letter from a lawyer representing hogan n [Bischoff] basically saying… They take my tweets seriously and if threats continue they will take to law enforcement….really hogan my.. Tweets scare you,Ive said worse in interviews on tv,LOL.”

TNA’s lawsuit asks for injunctive relief due to Steiner’s breach of contract. No hearing on the matter has been set since TNA hasn’t filed an order for injunction,

It was also disclosed in the filing that Steiner was paid $2,500 per pay-per-view performance during his time with TNA.

Additional details on the matter are available here.

  • mistico

    Only $2,500 per pay-per-view? While Hogan gets $35,000?

    • zues

      Neither are worth that!

  • “Original” Ghost

    Big Deal, everybody makes disparaging remarks about TNA.

    • xpac>2pac

      and your mom

      • GhostDistortion

        Exactly. I talk shit about her too.

  • Ice

    Legal Actions?? What ever happened to Freedom of Speech??

  • ExtremeWrestlingFan

    Ran out of money again huh TNA?

  • Broski

    TNA needs attention!

    First WWE, now Scott Steiner!

  • ring monkey

    Umm unless I missed something they fired him back in march so how is he under
    contract? How can you breech your contract if you are no longer under contract? Not a lawyer so forgive me if I am missing something. Last time I checked even a jacka-s like Steiner has freedom of speech in this country. Not a fan of Steiner in any way but he cansay whatever he wants as long it is not slanerous.

  • Anthony Foster

    why was scott let go in the first place?

  • Derp

    If what he said wasn’t true, then sure, shut him up with a court order. If what he is saying IS true, then TNA can’t do shit. Good luck with that. Is TNA hurting for money that bad that they’re going to start tossing lawsuits left and right to everybody to make up for the loss of their probably non existent revenue?

  • Gambit

    As many times as Hogan and Bischoff have made public statements against wrestlers in TNA and they wanna go after Steiner for going after Hogan and Bischoff. That is some messed up logic.

  • Max Da Boss Patterson

    Are the people on this site that damn stupid. Everyone complained about him being in tna, but are now mad cuz he aint. Panda Energy is a multi billion dollar company. How can tna be broke, lol.

  • Matt Rayfield

    They do so about wwe and any other wrestling or entertainment program period.

  • Unknown

    uh isnt there something called the first amendment freedom of speech seriously TNA is this how u want to get more attention instead of focusing on your show? *sigh*

  • wmdwfprez

    If they had it in his contract that when he left TNA he couldn’t say anything bad about them then that’s fine he would be in violation. However, if that phrase was not in his contract then TNA will lose as long as they don’t buy off the judge due to Scott Steiner’s first amendment rights.

  • Kage

    I said Dixie was an idiot once…

    …And I’ve just been served! Damn!

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