UPDATE: Click here for WWE’s official statement.
ORIGINAL: Blomberg.com is reporting that WWE is being sued by several former Superstars. The lawsuit claims that the company hid long-term effects of brain injuries.
I’m not sure why Axl Rotten’s name is included. Other than a match at the One Night Stand show in 2005 and a few dark matches, I don’t think Rotten was ever under a long-term WWE deal. There are other names in the lawsuit that had very brief tenures with WWE while others were with the company for several years.
The suit claims that 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.”
WWE has not commented on the story as of this writing.
We were able to obtain a full copy of the complaint. Here are the wrestlers listed in the complaint against WWE:
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
CHRIS PALLIES, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy
TERRY MICHAEL BRUNK, a.k.a. Sabu
BARRY DARSOW, a.k.a. Smash
BILL EADIE a.k.a. Ax
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
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
BERNARD KNIGHTON as Personal Representative of the Brian Knighton, Axl Rotten, Estate
TERRY SZOPINSKI, a.k.a. The Warlord,
SIONE HAVEA VAILAHI, a.k.a. The Barbarian
LARRY OLIVER, a.k.a. The Crippler
TIMOTHY SMITH, a.k.a. Rex King
TRACY SMOTHERS, a.k.a. Freddie Joe Floyd
MICHAEL R HALAC, a.k.a. Mantaur
RICK JONES, a.k.a. Black Bart
KEN JOHNSON, a.k.a. Slick
GEORGE GRAY, a.k.a. One Man Gang
FERRIN JESSE BARR, a.k.a. JJ Funk
RODNEY BEGNAUD, a.k.a. Rodney Mack,
RONALD SCOTT HEARD, a.k.a. Outlaw Ron Bass
Click here to read the full lawsuit.