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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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By the looks of this , someone needs to get Vince a tampon quick!

 

Otherwise, by next monday we will find out EXACTLY why the RAW colors are red.;)

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By the looks of this , someone needs to get Vince a tampon quick!

 

Otherwise, by next monday we will find out EXACTLY why the RAW colors are red.;)

:worship That is just well words fail me :lol

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why are you guys even talking about this. he had a contract. simple as that its not vince fault that he sighned a 10 year deal simple as that.. if wwe does notr want him to compete then he should not. in ten years he is free to go
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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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Looks like, when we look back on Brock we can remember the good times, like Lesnar vs Goldberg at WM XX.

 

 

*shudders*

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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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Brock Lesnar is presently in Japan and, despite WWE’s objection, is expected to work this weekend’s NJPW TV tapings.

 

Source - headlineplanet.com

 

 

Looks like thats a big 2 fingered salute to WWE then :P

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