Over the last few years, several formers filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company had hidden from them the medical conditions of their profession, as well as some risks derived from their work regarding their health, such as the danger of suffering concussions, to obtain benefits at the expense of the workers. This lawsuit was similar to those that were filed in other sports entertainment companies, such as the NHL and NFL, the American ice hockey and football leagues respectively.
In September 2020, WWE scored a major court victory when the Connecticut District Court dismissed the initial lawsuit of 54 former workers because the alleged facts had expired and none of the plaintiffs had worked for WWE since 2011, calling the lawsuit ” frivolous and that there was insufficient evidence to show that the company was aware of the expected risk of concussions or other head injuries.
This week, plaintiffs’ attorney Konstantine Kyros filed a request to request that the case be reviewed before the United States Supreme Court of Justice, as his clients “have been deprived of their fundamental rights as US citizens, including their right to appeal “. Also, Kyros claims that the Second Circuit court rejected previous appeals because final rulings had not been issued in all the lawsuits. After Judge Bryant issued two rulings, Kyros tried to appeal but was not allowed and even ordered to pay WWE legal fees of more than $ 500,000.
Some of the plaintiffs included various WWE Hall of Famers and Legends from the 1980s and 1990s such as Road Warrior Animal, Paul Orndorff, Jimmy Snuka, King Kong Bundy, Mr. Fuji, Kamala, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Ahmed Johnson, Dave. and Earl Hebner, Sabu, Barry Darsow, Shane Douglas, Marty Jannetty, and Heidenreich, among others.