Cassandra Frazier, widow of Nelson Frazier Jr. (Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V) filed a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday (2/18) in Circuit Court in Memphis against World Wrestling Entertainment.
Frazier is claiming her husbands death was as a result of long-term effects from concussions and injuries sustained during his career in WWE. The lawsuit claims that Frazier suffered from repeated head injuries, brain trauma, concussion and other serious injuries. The suit notes that he eventually died of a heart attack.
This lawsuit sounds a lot like the suit brought against WWE by former wrestlers Vito Lograsso (Big Vito) and Billy Jack Haynes. The Frazier suit notes that he had 406 matches while in WWE and in every one, "upon information and belief he sustained head and other long-term injuries participating in this event."
Cassandra Frazier claimed in the lawsuit that Nelson Frazier suffered from symptoms of consussions, sub-concussions, CTE, disfiguring scar tissue, head trauma, confusion, disorientation, short-term memory loss, difficulty performing basic tasks, severe migraines and sever depression, along with other serious complications.
A summons was issued to World Wrestling Entertainment late yesterday afternoon.
WWE has not responded to this lawsuit yet but the following was included in WWE's 10-K filing that was released yesterday:
"On July 26, 2014, the Company received notice of a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, entitled Warren Ganues and Dominic Varriale, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios, alleging violations of federal securities laws based on certain statements relating to the negotiation of WWE’s domestic television license. The complaint seeks certain unspecified damages. A nearly identical lawsuit was filed one month later entitled Curtis Swanson, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios. Both lawsuits are purported securities class actions subject to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”). On September 23-24, five putative plaintiffs filed motions to be appointed lead plaintiff and to consolidate the two cases pursuant to the PSLRA. Following a hearing on October 29, 2014, the Court issued an order dated November 5, 2014 appointing Mohsin Ansari as Lead Plaintiff and consolidating the two actions. On January 5, 2015, the Lead Plaintiff filed an amended complaint. Among other things, the amended complaint adds Stephanie McMahon Levesque and Michelle D. Wilson as named defendants. While these lawsuits are in the early stages, the Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them."
"On October 23, 2014, a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, entitled William Albert Haynes III, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and on January 16, 2015 a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, entitled Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., both alleging that the Company ignored, downplayed, and/or failed to disclose the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE’s performers. These suits both seek unspecified actual, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including ordering medical monitoring. The Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them."