Former wrestlers sue WWE over traumatic brain injury

by Ryan Smith20 Jul 2016
Fifty former professional wrestlers are suing their onetime employer over traumatic brain injuries, according to an ET Canada report.

The wrestlers, including Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Joe “Road Warrior” Animal have filed a class-action lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment. The suit alleges that the wrestlers sustained multiple brain injuries while working for the WWE. It also alleges that WWE head Vince McMahon didn’t provide adequate health insurance or post-retirement support and actively suppressed information about the dangers of wrestling, ET Canada reported.

Because the wrestlers were contract employees, they didn’t receive medical coverage and had to rely on “in-house” doctors, ET Canada reported. The complaint alleged that the doctors would send concussed wrestlers back into the ring “nine times out of 10.”

The WWE denies the allegations.

“This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who previously filed class action lawsuits against the WWE, both of which have been dismissed,” the WWE said in a statement. “...A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about the WWE, and this is more of the same.”


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