WWE sued by retired wrestlers over injuries
WORLD Wrestling Entertainment was sued on Monday by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of other retired male and female wrestlers seeking to hold it responsible for neurological injuries they claimed to suffer by participating in its bouts.
The complaint was filed on behalf of more than 50 plaintiffs who have performed with WWE or its predecessors since the 1970s, including Joseph "Road Warrior Animal" Laurinaitis and Paul "Mr Wonderful" Orndorff.
It accused Connecticut-based WWE and chairman Vince McMahon of intentionally classifying wrestlers as "independent contractors" rather than employees, as a means to avoid liability.
"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," the complaint said.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as improved medical monitoring.
WWE called the lawsuit another attempt to hold it liable by a lawyer who had two earlier lawsuits dismissed and added that "we're confident this lawsuit will suffer the same fate".
The National Football League and National Hockey League have also been sued by retired players over head injuries.
According to Monday's complaint, Laurinaitis, 55, Snuka, 72, and Orndorff, 66, suffer from cognitive difficulties including headaches, dizziness and memory loss.
Snuka and Orndorff also experience confusion, depression and mood swings.