Wednesday, 20 July 2016
WWE to face lawsuit about the long-term neurological damage of 50 of its former employees
The WWE faces a very serious lawsuit this week. More than 50 ex-wrestlers say in a Connecticut lawsuit that World Wrestling Entertainment Inc aka the WWE. is responsible for their long-term neurological damage and failed to care for their injuries. Now when you stop and think about this the result of this case could have very far reaching effects on the world of wrestling and the future of it in general. If the WWE is found to be responsible for these injuries and therefore liable for any medical bills and compensation then this could be a pretty high bill to pay, it would also set a president not only meaning other names not on this list could step forward and make claims but also meaning that current stars may have a very strong base to stand on if they wish to make simmilar claims in the future.
Now you might think that the list of those claiming would be filled with discruntled never made it guys but that is not the case the list actually contains hall of famers and main eventers including WWE legends like Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Road Warrior Animal and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff. This raises an intresting side question though will this case cause anger and resentment in the WWE head office that leads to other ''legends'' not getting there Hall of Fame day. Now I know that everyone has a diffrent idea of what a legend is in the world of Wrestling but I personally find it a hard pill to swallow that the team of Ax and Smash Demolition despite holding the record for the longest tag title reign have never made it in to the hall of fame a joke, and wonder will there involvment in this case make it less likly that they will ever be included? Also with some of the younger names it can be argued that it makes the liklyhood of any future return seem doubtful.
As for the WWE and there stance on this well the company denies the allegations and draws attention to the fact that the attorney for the ex-wrestlers previously has made ''false claims'' against the company and filed lawsuits that ended up being dismissed.
What do I think about it all? Well if your job involves you being repeatidly hit in the head for any reason be it on purpose or by accident then your employer should definetly be responsible for the result of these blows. I used to be a bar manager and I was actually hit around the head with a crowbar repeatidly during an incident which led to me developing PTSD and well time will tell if I have any more effects in my latter life, but from this perspective I can certainly find it easy to relate to and side with the ex employes involved in this legal case. Below is a list of all of the Wrestlers/Talent named in the lawsuit.
JOSEPH M. LAURINAITIS, a.k.a Road Warrior Animal, JIMMY “SUPERFLY” SNUKA, by and through his guardian, Carole Snuka, PAUL ORDNDORFF, a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful, SALAVADOR GUERRERO IV, a.k.a. Chavo Guerrero, Jr., CHAVO GUERRERO, SR., a.k.a. Chavo Classic, BRYAN EMMETT CLARK, JR., a.k.a. Adam Bomb, |ANTHONY NORRIS, a.k.a. Ahmed Johnson, JAMES HARRIS, a.k.a. Kamala, DAVE HEBNER, EARL HEBNER, CHRIS PALLIES, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy, KEN PATERA, TERRY MICHAEL BRUNK, a.k.a. Sabu, BARRY DARSOW, a.k.a. Smash of Demolition, | BILL EADIE a.k.a. Ax of Demolotion, | JOHN NORD, a.k.a. The Bezerker, JONATHAN HUGGER a.k.a. Johnny The Bull, JAMES BRUNZELL, a.k.a. Jumpin’ Jim, SUSAN GREEN, a.k.a. Sue Green, ANGELO MOSCA, a.k.a. King Kong Mosca, JAMES MANLEY, a.k.a. Jim Powers, MICHAEL “MIKE” ENOS, BRUCE “BUTCH” REED, a.k.a. The Natural, CARLENE B. MOORE-BEGNAUD, a.k.a. Jazz, SYLVAIN GRENIER, OMAR MIJARES a.k.a. Omar Atlas, DON LEO HEATON, a.k.a. Don Leo Jonathan, TROY MARTIN, a.k.a. Shane Douglas, MARC COPANI, a.k.a. Muhammad Hassan, MARK CANTERBURY, a.k.a. Henry Godwin, VICTORIA OTIS, a.k.a. Princess Victoria, JUDY HARDEE a.k.a. Judy Martin, MARK JINDRAK, BERNARD KNIGHTON as Personal Representative of the Brian Knighton, a.k.a. Axl Rotten, Estate, MARTY JANNETTY, and JON HEIDENREICH,