WWE is a massive company so they will naturally have a vested interest in their product and how they’re portrayed. If you’ve ever been to a WWE event then you might have noticed people standing outside selling items with the WWE logo on them claiming to be legit but they seldom are unless you’re at one of their official booths.
Therefore, when WWE moves into New Orleans there are likely going to be a number of people around the city selling bootleg WWE merch. Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE filed for a restraining order in order to stop people from selling non-authentic merchandise over Mania week and throughout the remainder of 2018.
As it turns out, this restraining order wouldn’t just be limited to New Orleans either as it will also be in effect during key events for the rest of the year in cities like Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Shanghai China. They went on to list every city and key event for the rest of 2018 including all Full Sail Arena NXT television tapings.
This might sound like a drastic move to file for a restraining order but as WWE continues to put more of an emphasis on the percentage of their fanbase that spends a lot of money per person, they want to stop people from benefiting who have nothing to do with the actual bottom line.
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