These wrestlers are ready for one last fight.
Over 50 ex-wrestlers filed a class action lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) early this week. The lawsuit stems from the long-term brain damage and the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, developed by the former wrestlers.
The suit states, “”…the head trauma that has resulted in injury is the accumulated effect of many impacts to the Plaintiffs’ heads that occurred on a regular, routine basis during their WWE career.”
Pointing the finger at the WWE, the ex-wrestlers are blaming the entertainment group for failing to provide suitable care for injuries they suffered. Their lawyers say, “WWE placed corporate gain over its wrestlers’ health, safety and financial security, choosing to leave the Plaintiffs severely injured and with no recourse to treat their damaged minds and bodies.”
WWE doesn’t plan to back down – they’re adamant they have no responsibility for the repercussions of the former wrestlers’ medical ailments:
“This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same. We’re confident this lawsuit will suffer the same fate as his prior attempts and be dismissed.”
The list of wrestlers includes WWE Hall of Famers like “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, “Road Warrior Animal” Joseph Laurinaitis, and former Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.