WWE Being Sued by Former Superstars Over Brain Injuries
Sports Illustrated – The class action lawsuit claims the WWE did little to protect the wrestlers from numerous traumatic brain injuries sustained throughout their careers. The suit also accuses the WWE of failing to provide health insurance or medical support once the wrestlers’ careers ended.
The wrestlers say the WWE concealed information about neurological issues such as CTE. Snuka, one of the plaintiffs, was recently deemed incompetent to stand trial in the 1983 murder of his girlfriend, as his attorneys argued he was incapable due to the head injuries and concussions he sustained while wrestling.
The WWE dismissed the suit, calling it “another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed.”
While you can certainly make an argument about WWE providing medical insurance for current and past Superstars, I think it’s ridiculous to try and hold them accountable for their head injuries. First off, these guys performed for far more companies than WWE. Jimmy Snuka predominately a WWE guy but Animal spend the better part of his career in WCW/NWA. Of course he can’t sue them because they are defunct. These sort of pitiful money grabs just tarnish these guy’s legacies. With Snuka, if WWE is guilty of anything it’s helping him cover up the fact he murdered his girlfriend in 1983.
Unlike the NFL, where these lawsuits have had success, WWE does not have Union. Again, it could be argued that they should, but the fact is they don’t. Each guy is an Independent Contractor and most importantly each guy knew the risks associated with such a high risk, yet extremely lucrative career. This lawsuit should and will be tossed out of the courts. It’s just a shame that it’s even received the publicity it has.