POLLOCK'S UPDATE: Feds investigating Vince McMahon

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2024/02/02/pollocks-update-feds-investigating-vince-mcmahon/

POST IT NOTES

**Rewind-A-SmackDown is live at 10:05 p.m. ET on the POST Wrestling Café tonight. Wai & I will speak on the latest news regarding the federal investigation into Vince McMahon, the response from John Laurinaitis’ lawyer, and all the other news. Plus, a review of SmackDown and your calls.

**An audio news update covering today’s stories is on the POST Wrestling Café for Double Double & Espresso members.

**WH Park & Karen Peterson will have a new edition of POST Puroresu out on Saturday covering the latest regarding Kazuchika Okada and his farewell series of matches in NJPW, Shuji Ishikawa leaving All Japan, and Kota Ibushi undergoing surgery.

**Rewind-A-Wai #149 is available now for all POST Café members covering the September 3, 2001, episode of Raw is War from Toronto. Highlights include:
*WWF and the City of Toronto announce WrestleMania X8
*Criticism of Ontario politicians for their involvement
*The state of the invasion in September
*How much comedy was being injected throughout the product
*Kurt Angle abducts Steve Austin
*A technical disaster as TNN takes Raw off the air before the show ends
*Paul Heyman saves TNN in a crunch
*Christian turns on Edge in Toronto
*The Rock’s reaction in the city
*Man decides to propose to girlfriend if Toronto gets WrestleMania

**Braden Herrington and Davie Portman will be live on Sunday night immediately after NXT Vengeance Day with a review on the POST YouTube channel.

POST SCHEDULE

Friday: Rewind-A-SmackDown (POST Wrestling Café)
Saturday: POST Puroresu with WH Park & Karen Peterson
Saturday: Collision Course with John Siino & Kate from Montreal (POST Wrestling Café)
Sunday: NXT Vengeance Day with Davie Portman & Braden Herrington

WRESTLING NEWS

**The latest shoe to drop on the Vince McMahon story is that a federal investigation is ongoing regarding sexual assault and sex trafficking. Last July, a search warrant was issued for McMahon’s phone and a subpoena was issued, which WWE disclosed in its SEC filings the next month.

**NBC News has a story on the investigation, which they have independently confirmed is ongoing although no charges have been laid against McMahon yet.

**VICE News’ Tim Marchman has a story on the enforceability of the non-disclosure agreement that Janel Grant signed in January 2022. Grant is arguing that the NDA is not valid for a variety of reasons citing the Speak Out Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and McMahon halting payments after the initial sum of $1 million was paid but not the follow-up payments that were owed beginning February 1, 2023. Marchman spoke with several experts, who commented on the broad language in Grant’s NDA (which was made public as an exhibit when the lawsuit was filed). The VICE story notes the following with a comment from lawyer Carrie Goldberg:

According to a source familiar with the matter, though, the contract was in fact executed, with McMahon secretly signing on both his behalf and that of WWE after seeking counsel from his longtime attorney, Jerry McDevitt, a seeming conflict of interest Goldberg called “bizarre”.

**From Maria Kanellis-Bennett, who worked in WWE from 2004-2010 and again from 2017-20:

All the news coming out is horrible. Many of us experienced or heard rumors of different levels of evil for years. Some tried to speak up to build momentum to change the culture in WWE. Many times we’ve been called bitter or crazy. Others have been paralyzed by fear. I just hope justice is served and I hope this brings some people peace. I pray for all of the victims, the ones that have spoke up, the ones no longer with us, and the ones that suffer in silence.

**Brandon Thurston at Wrestlenomics has curated a timeline of events chronicling the allegations against Vince McMahon and the ongoing suit filed by Janel Grant. This provides a proper context of the news over the past two years, changes to the board of directors throughout that period, the TKO merger, and continuing to be updated as the case progresses.

**WrestleMania 40 is set to have an earlier start time for both nights in April. WrestleVotes was the first to report that the start time for both nights of WrestleMania will be 7 p.m. ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Excluding the pre-show, last year’s WrestleMania ran four hours on night one and just over three-and-a-half hours on night two.

**The TKO stock closed at $85.09 and barely saw any movement on Friday despite the news of the federal investigation into Vince McMahon being confirmed.

**Friday Night SmackDown is at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama following the Royal Rumble. They have not announced any matches yet, but they are advertising appearances by Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, and Logan Paul along with Bayley declaring her opponent for WrestleMania. WrestleTix reports approximately 10,200 tickets distributed for tonight’s show.

**WWE has just announced Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes will have a face-to-face segment on SmackDown.

**Here are the matches for tonight’s edition of AEW Rampage airings at 10 p.m. ET on TNT from the taping in New Orleans:
*Mistico, Volador Jr., Mascara Dorada & Hechicero vs. Matt Sydal, Christopher Daniels, Matt Menard & Angelo Parker
*Non-Title Match: Big Bill & Ricky Starks vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds
*Willow Nightingale vs. Queen Aminata
*Top Flight vs. Private Party
*Orange Cassidy and Best Friends to appear

**MLW’s SuperFight 4 card streams at 8 p.m. ET on Triller TV+ from the Melrose Ballroom with Alex Kane vs. Satoshi Kojima for the MLW World Heavyweight title, Jacob Fatu vs. Yuji Nagata, Rocky Romero vs. Ichiban for the MLW World Middleweight title in a Two-of-Three Falls Match, Sami Callihan vs. AKIRA in a Death Machine Rules Match, Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. 1 Called Manders, and Mistico vs. Averno.

**GCW presents The Coldest Winter 2 on Saturday at 11 p.m. ET on TrillerTV+. The card features Nic Nemeth’s first match with the promotion against Matt Cardona, Blake Christian vs. Dark Sheik for the GCW title, Allie Katch & Effy vs. Masha Slamovich & Rina Yamashita, Alex Hammerstone vs. Charles Mason, Arez teams with Latigo & Gringo Loco against Starboy Charlie & Titus Alexander & Bodhi Young Prodigy, Kerry Morton vs. Mike Jackson, Chris Bey vs. Man Like DeReiss, and Su Yung vs. Santana Jackson.

**NJPW’s Road to New Beginning card from Korakuen Hall streams on New Japan World on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. ET. The show is headlined by Catch 2/2 defending the IWJP Jr. Heavyweight tag titles against Clark Connors & Drilla Moloney along with David Finlay vs. Callum Newman, Jeff Cobb vs. Alex Coughlin, and HENARE vs. Gabe Kidd in the top matches. Monday’s card from Korakuen Hall streams for free on New Japan World at 4:30 a.m. ET with a Faction Warfare Gauntlet main event between LIJ and Just Five Guys.

**WWE will hold live events this weekend on Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Sunday in Corbin, Kentucky. The show is Knoxville is advertising Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre for the World Heavyweight Championship and a Street Fight between Cody Rhodes and Shinsuke Nakamura.

**WWE has released the full video blog following CM Punk throughout the week of Royal Rumble and his reaction to his torn triceps injury:

**Chris Jericho will be part of the cast of the upcoming psychological thriller “Self Storage” with author and filmmaker Jay Bonansinga. It is a sequel to Bonansinga’s first novel adaptation, “The Killer’s Game”, which starred Dave Bautista. Jericho now has his own production company called Babyface Assassin Productions, which is listed as the executive producer of this film. (Variety)

**Chris Jericho filed for a trademark on Babyface Assassin Productions last summer to produce podcasts, television programs, animated movies, cable television programs, radio and television programs, and distribution of television and movies along with production and entertainment services among items listed.

MMA NEWS

**Spotify has announced that they have signed Joe Rogan to a new multiyear deal. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the new deal is worth $250 million, which is an increase from Rogan’s initial deal with the platform signed in 2020 for approximately $200 million. Spotify will be allowing Rogan’s show to be non-exclusive to its platform in the new deal with the belief that the show will be available on outlets such as YouTube, Amazon Music, and Apple Podcasts.

**The lightweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint Denis is moving forward for UFC 299 after some confusion on Thursday. During the day, Poirier stated the fight wasn’t happening after previously being announced by the UFC. Poirier spoke with Ariel Helwani and stated that there had never been a contractual agreement before the announcement of the fight. This set off a firestorm including Dana White refuting that the fight was not confirmed by sharing a text exchange with Saint-Denis (but not sharing anything specific about his dealings with Poirier). Later, Poirier apologized by stating he “jumped the gun” and could not get a hold of his manager for several days. Poirier spoke with UFC executive Hunter Campbell and confirmed that the fight will take place at UFC 299 on March 9 in Miami.

**Luana Carolina was the lone fighter to miss weight for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card at the Apex. Carolina missed weight by three pounds for her flyweight fight against Julija Stoliarenko.

**Below is the lineup for Saturday’s card from Las Vegas and streaming on ESPN+ in the U.S.

MAIN CARD (7 p.m. ET on ESPN+, Sportsnet 360 in Canada)
*Roman Dolidze vs. Nassourdine Imavov
*Renato Moicano vs. Drew Dober
*Randy Brown vs. Muslim Salikhov
*Viviane Araujo vs. Natalia Silva
*Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Makhmud Muradov
*Gilbert Urbina vs. Charlie Radtke

PRELIMINARY CARD (4 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
*Molly McCann vs. Diana Belbita
*Charles Johnson vs. Azat Maksum
*Pete Rodriguez vs. Themba Gorimbo
*Blake Bilder vs. Jung Gyeong Lee
*Julija Stoliarenko vs. Luana Carolina
*Marquel Mederos vs. Landon Quinones
*Jamal Pogues vs. Thomas Peterson

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REWIND-A-WAI #149: WWE Raw (Sept. 3, 2001)
John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWF Raw Is War from September 3, 2001, in Toronto during the WWF vs WCW/ECW Invasion.
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POLLOCK & THURSTON
John Pollock and Brandon Thurston continue to discuss the lawsuit filed against Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis & WWE.
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REWIND-A-DYNAMITE
John Pollock and Wai Ting review AEW Dynamite with Jon Moxley vs. Jeff Hardy and Swerve Strickland & Hangman Page in Dealer’s Choice matches.
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POLLOCK & THURSTON
John Pollock and Brandon Thurston continue to discuss the lawsuit filed against Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis & WWE.
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upNXT
Braden Herrington and Davie Portman review the Vengeance Day “Go-Home” edition of WWE NXT.
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THE 2024 MMA PREDICTION SHOW
John Pollock is joined by Ariel Helwani for The 2024 MMA Prediction Show.
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