Despite leaving TNA Wrestling back in 2011 and joining the WWE earlier this year, it appears as if former TNA Wrestling creative team member Brian Wittenstein has been leaking insider information from the company to WWE officials, as TNA Wrestling yesterday filed a lawsuit against Mr. Wittenstein and the WWE for interference with existing contracts, breach of contract, conversion, civil conspiracy, unfair competition and violation of the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets and a breach of duty of loyalty in regards to Wittenstein, this according to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.
The report notes that Wittenstein provided the WWE with insider information on current TNA Wrestling contracts and other matters from within the company and that Wittenstein, who handled the bookings for TNA Wrestlers to work the independent scene amongst other details, was fired from the WWE after that had happened, however TNA’s claims are that WWE did not approach them with said information from Wittenstein until May 7th, several weeks after Wittenstein’s release from the company and that WWE is now trying to sign several contracted talent from TNA Wrestling using that information to their advantage.
While Ric Flair and Alex Shelley’s names have been mentioned in the past few days in regards to their contracts with the company being up, Shelley was not specifically mentioned in TNA Wrestling’s lawsuit filing, however TNA alleged that Ric Flair was trying to get out of his deal with the company in order to make a WWE return and that since he told the company, he has not appeared at live events, television tapings and pay-per-view events including the recent TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view.
Johnson also noted in his report that an injunction was issued earlier today also demanding that the WWE and Brian Wittenstein each return whatever confidential material that Wittenstein retained from his time working with TNA Wrestling, with both WWE and Wittenstein specifically instructed not to destroy any of the material involved with the lawsuit, with a hearing regarding the case scheduled for next month.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens from this over the coming months.