Former WWF wrestler/manager Mister Fuji sued THQ, Prima Publishing and Nintendo for $1.5 Million, claiming they used his name and likeness for a character in the game without his knowledge or consent. The outcome of the lawsuit is unknown.
In addition to the WCW and the nWo, the game featured two fictional wrestling companies: Dead or Alive and Independant Union based upon Japanese wrestling companies and featuring copyright-evasive caricatures of their wrestlers. Dead or Alive mirrors the Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling company and the Independant Union represents Michinoku Pro Wrestling. Among these fictional wrestlers is one named Saladin, based upon Abdullah the Butcher who once wrestled for WCW.