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Vince McMahon’s WWE Acquired Curiosity from 60+ Suitors Earlier than Endeavor Sale

Adam WellsMay 13, 2023Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesWWE was a hot commodity on the market before the company was sold to Endeavor in April.Per a May 12 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (page 85), WWE was in contact with “over 60 potential counterparties” between Jan. 17 and April 2, “including strategic companies, financial sponsors, family

Vince McMahon’s WWE Acquired Curiosity from 60+ Suitors Earlier than Endeavor Sale

Adam WellsMight 13, 2023

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08:  WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The network will launch on February 24, 2014 as the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, offering both scheduled programs and video on demand. The USD 9.99 per month subscription will include access to all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events each year. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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WWE was a scorching commodity available on the market earlier than the corporate was offered to Endeavor in April.

Per a Might 12 filing with the Securities and Alternate Fee (web page 85), WWE was involved with “over 60 potential counterparties” between Jan. 17 and April 2, “together with strategic corporations, monetary sponsors, household workplaces and sovereign wealth funds.”

Between Feb. 6 and March 21, WWE entered into confidentiality agreements with 20 potential counterparties:

“All however one of many confidentiality agreements entered into by WWE in reference to this course of included a standstill provision for the advantage of WWE with a customary exclusion allowing events to make proposals to WWE privately and confidentially, and every of the standstill provisions had a length of no less than 12 months. All confidentiality agreements entered into with standstill provisions included the customary exclusion for personal proposals and a “fallaway” provision that will enable the counterparty to make a proposal to accumulate WWE within the occasion WWE entered right into a definitive sale settlement. Every potential counterparty that had indicated curiosity in exploring a strategic transaction with WWE was offered a possibility to enter right into a confidentiality settlement with WWE.”

Because of the confidentiality agreements, it is unclear who the opposite suitors for WWE had been.

The Saudi Arabia Public Funding Fund, which has had a enterprise relationship with the corporate since 2018, had curiosity in shopping for WWE, per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Publication (h/t Subhojeet Mukherjee of

There have been stories in January that WWE was being strong to Saudi Arabia and could be made a non-public firm once more, however these had been rapidly debunked.

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Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Opposite to stories stating in any other case final evening, there isn’t a deal in place at this exact second for WWE to be offered to Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund or any entity, sources say.

The group remains to be exploring all choices, I am informed. Creating.

Vince McMahon returned to WWE in January after retiring in July 2022 amid an inside investigation into payouts McMahon made to girls to suppress allegations of infidelity and sexual harassment. McMahon was accused in two lawsuits of sexually assaulting former WWE referee Rita Chatterton in 1986 and a former spa supervisor in 2011.

He settled Chatterton’s lawsuit in January.

McMahon reinstated himself to the board of administrators on Jan. 6. CNBC’s Alex Sherman reported the next day WWE employed JPMorgan to advise on a possible sale.

On April 3, at some point after WrestleMania weekend in Los Angeles, Endeavor announced it bought a controlling curiosity in WWE and the promotion would merge with the UFC to type a “international stay sports activities and leisure firm.”

The 2 corporations collectively are valued at $21.4 billion. The UFC has been owned by Endeavor Holdings Group since 2016.

McMahon will probably be government chairman of the board for the brand new firm. The official transaction and merger are anticipated to be closed within the second half of 2023.

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