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WWE Allegedly Blocks Jim Neidhart From Selling His Own Merchandise (Updated)

WWE is alleging that WWE has attempted to block Jim Neidhart shirts from being sold due to its “exclusive merchandise contract” with him.

Once news broke of this, Colt Cabana and CM Punk, who sell shirts through, chimed in on the issue via Twitter.

Pro Wrestling Tees posted the following statement: We received a notice from WWE saying that we were violating intellectual property rights by selling Jim Neidhart shirts on our website. First off, we don’t sell anything on our site, the wrestlers do. Our website is a portal for independent and retired pro wrestlers to sell their own merchandise to hundreds and thousands of fans worldwide. We then simply print for them and ship them to their customers. Everything is contracted through the wrestlers, they get final say in the designs they sell and the price they sell the shirts for. After doing more research we found that WWE didn’t own the trademark on the name Jim Neidhart nor Hart Foundation. After explaining this to their “lawyer”, we were then told that Jim has an “exclusive merchandise agreement” with WWE. Really? Then where is all the Jim the Anvil merchandise? We’ve never seen a Jim “The Anvil” t-shirt ever. Maybe one of him and Bret Hart together but never solo. WWE continuously blocks retired pro wrestlers from selling merchandise on the internet. These wrestlers have fans that want to show their appreciation for them but they aren’t allow to because WWE says they have the “merchandise rights” to them. If WWE has these rights then use them. Wrestlers profit sometimes over 10x more what they get in royalties through any merchandise deal with WWE. There is no reason they shouldn’t allow Jim to have extra money is his pocket. There is no competition here, because they aren’t selling Anvil’s t-shirts. Being under a WWE legends contract is understandable, but why is Jim in an “exclusive merchandise contract” with no merchandise? If they aren’t going to allow him to sell his own merchandise through our website portal then at least sell shirts for him through the WWE shop.

  • jedi

    Their shirts are nothing wrestling related, Austin did have certain shirts pulled with 316 on it & such.

  • Griffin

    This. However..Stone Cold Steve Austin. Macho Man Randy Savage and Shawn Michaels have merchandise listed on Pro Wrestling Tees and WWE Shop both which doesn’t get blocked by WWE. Inconsistent? Someone clarify to me, because I’m confused.

  • Pierrepoint

    Jim Neidhart signed a legends contract that includes a merchandising contract, that probably pays him a certain amount of money, regardless of whether WWE actually sells his merchandise.

    He probably makes more if they sell merchandise, but I’m guessing he makes a certain amount of money regardless.

    I believe Honky Tonk Man has complained about the amount of money WWE offers in their Legends contract, and that is one of the reasons he refuses to sign one.