It was recently rumored that Major League Wrestling would be going into business with WWE. Several sites reported that talks were ongoing between the two parties and now MLW owner Court Bauer has commented on the company doing business with others.
Speaking to Forbes, Bauer said that for MLW to do any deals there needs to be a ‘long term vision.’ ‘A collaboration must have a long-term vision and a genuine commitment to enriching both parties” Bauer began. “We’re having some interesting conversations with some interesting people.”
“If there is a two-way relationship that feels like it’s a win-win for the companies; the talent and the fans, and has a long-term sustainability to it, we’ll always examine it” Bauer continued. “You can’t do one-sided. I don’t kiss rings, I don’t need the validation.”
Court Bauer on WWE Collaboration
“We’re competing with two billionaires and still growing with deals like Vice TV and growing our footprint abroad with 20+ countries now airing MLW weekly” Bauer added. “If, hypothetically, a company is motivated to pursue how it can disrupt a meaningful system or an opportunity where it enhances both parties’ businesses? Yes you should evaluate the opportunity.”
“It can’t just be that you get acknowledged by a billionaire, and then all of a sudden you say ’˜okay, how can we serve you as a master?’ That’s not happening” the MLW owner concluded. “If I do that, what’s the point of even being in business? It makes no sense. If both sides can get something out of it and it’s rewarding, and there’s a favorable strategy for both sides, that could be cool. Is it easy to get those type of things done? Absolutely not.’
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