WWE and Vince McMahon Slapped with $300 Million Lawsuit After Saudi Arabia Deal Collapses

Published 06/17/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


It looks like Vince McMahon and WWE’s adventures in Saudi Arabia have got them into trouble again. This time, the issue isn’t just a legal one but also a financial one. Although they’ve settled the dispute, a new lawsuit against the company unravels all the effort gone into making the Saudi Arabia-WWE relationship an afterthought.

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WWE and Vince McMahon in legal trouble

LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 24: World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon is introduced during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In 2018, WWE entered a bunch of deals with Saudi Arabia as a part of their Saudi Vision 2030 campaign. Since then we’ve seen the WWE roster travel across an ocean and two continents to perform for the good people of Saudi Arabia. However, the cash didn’t come without the backlash.

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Setting aside the initial backlash, WWE reportedly backed out of several deals. The reason for this could’ve been the backlash from fans or it could’ve been purely financial. However, Saudi Arabia wasn’t happy about it, least of all WWE’s shareholders. WWE settled the matter for $39 million, but this recent lawsuit might empty their pockets a little more.

Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Triple H are being sued for selling $300 million worth of stock at inflated prices. The chairperson, Vince, sold over 3.5 million shares worth over $280 million. According to Fightful, they based the sale on ‘nonpublic information regarding the company’s key contracts, business metrics, and financial prospects’ in the Middle East.

The effects of this lawsuit have already hit WWE with their stock price falling from a high of about $65 t0 $59 as of 16th June. Will the McMahon‘s and Levesque’s escape this situation?

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WWE’s stock price rose to annual high

COLOGNE, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 07: A WWE Logo at the WWE Live Tryout at the Motorworld on November 7, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic ripped the global economy to shreds, forcing companies and employees to adapt. As for WWE, they were more hands on than any other company in the world, soldiering their way to success while the rest of the world suffered.

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The good news is that WWE’s stock price reached an annual high. The credit for this goes to Reddit, specifically a page called Wall Street Bets, which encouraged Reddit users to go ham on WWE’s stock. As a result, WWE trended online while their stock price touched the highest point ever during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the $300 million lawsuit brought down the stock price significantly, and will continue to have impeding effects on the company.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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