JI ups ante with FEC complaint against McMahon over WWE libel threat

World Wrestling Entertainment’s threat to sue the Journal Inquirer for libel over a column comparing its programming to pornography took a new twist with the newspaper filing an elections complaint.

In a complaint lodged last week with the Federal Election Commission, the JI alleges that WWE is working to assist the Senate campaign of its co-founder and former chief executive, Linda McMahon.

Given the publicity generated by the libel threat — it put WWE’s old racy programming back in the press, something McMahon’s opponents failed to do — it might be McMahon who has the biggest grievance against the company still run by her husband.