TNA's Lawsuit Against WWE: How It Could Hurt Wrestlers Looking to Jump

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2012

CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 20:  Former American Professional Wrestler Ric Flair speaks with the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at the Embassy Suites, on January 20, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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TNA is in a very public battle with WWE over how a former employee of both companies may or may not have shared information that WWE may be using to coax TNA superstars over to WWE.

WWE reported the discrepancy to TNA, and they were met with a lawsuit instead of a Thank You. The employee in question has been let go, and both sides have made their arguments in the media.

TNA says WWE is using information obtained about contracts to bring guys like Ric Flair back to the Connecticut-based promotion, while WWE says they reported the information immediately and are not seeking to use it to their advantage.

While WWE and TNA both have their points to be made in court, we now have to wonder how this will actually affect the wrestlers.

WWE may be gun-shy about signing any current TNA employees once their contracts are up, or even approach them for that matter, because they may see it as ammunition TNA can use in their lawsuit.

TNA is slowly growing again, but they are still way below WWE in terms of viewers, revenue, PPV buys and merchandise sales.

Any wrestler looking to make more money would obviously be attracted to WWE if the company were willing to sign them, simply because they could work one year and possibly make as much as three or more years in TNA.

The travel schedule is, of course, more arduous with WWE, as they tour the entire world throughout the entire year while TNA is Florida-based for the majority of the year, even filming multiple Impact episodes in a row to give their talents time off.

According to PWInsider, WWE has no interest in any current TNA talents, based on a letter sent by WWE's head legal representative, Jerry McDevitt, to TNA's legal team.

Whether WWE wanted to use this information or not is not what will end up being the major deciding factor in this case. It will be if a court thinks WWE did or will use that information to their advantage.

There are a few major names in TNA who have contracts expiring sometime in the next couple months, and if they were looking to jump ship, they may have to wait a bit longer until all this is settled.