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Would WWE attempt legal action against New Japan Pro Wrestling or ROH over “too sweet” ordeal?

With WWE handing out a cease and desist letter to The Young Bucks threatening a lawsuit over intellectual property copyright infringement a lot of people are wondering why WWE doesn’t go for the bigger targets. After all, why would WWE focus so much energy on the people and not the company which houses the activity?

Dave Meltzer was recently asked about this on Wrestling Observer Radio and he had a rather interesting reply as to why WWE isn’t going after New Japan Pro Wrestling or Ring Of Honor and is only targeting Nick and Matt Jackson at this point.

“You need to give me an example of what [WWE] could litigate them for. They couldn’t even litigate them for the thing they sent that letter for. The difference is — so here’s the thing. The only reason [WWE] could do that is because they could financially bully them because there’s no money there. Okay, New Japan is a big company, not as big as WWE but they’re a big company. They got lawyers if [WWE] comes after them with a frivolous thing. Plus here’s the other thing about New Japan, you gotta go and sue them in Japan, you know because that’s where they do their business. So it’s kinda like ‘good luck WWE’ — you know they’re not gonna do it because it ain’t gonna fly. You go sue a Japanese company in a Japanese court on a frivolous charge, you know what I’m saying?”

“And Ring Of Honor, they’re owned by Sinclair (Broadcasting) who’s got lawyers. Sinclair’s a tons bigger company than WWE — they’re not even in the same stratosphere. So again, bullies don’t pick on guys ten times their own size or five times their own size. So you know, if there is something legitimate like something those guys did legitimately perhaps you know, I could see WWE going after them if there’s a legitimate thing but there is no legitimate thing as far as I know.  So I don’t see that one happening. Definitely not Ring Of Honor.”

Meltzer straight up said WWE is bullying The Young Bucks, which is the observation belonging to a number of people. It’s ironic how much bullying seems to take place in regards to a company with such a passionate “Be A Star” campaign to end bullying. But I guess they’re just talking about the playground and not the courtroom.

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