Here Are The 53 Former WWE And WWF Wrestlers Suing Over CTE Issues
Jimmy Superfly Snuka was at the height of his pro wrestling career -- and indeed had just won a WWF match vs. José Estrada in Allentown, Penn., hours before -- when he called an ambulance to his hotel room for his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino. She was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries related to domestic violence.
Snuka wasn't charged with her murder until 2015, but was ruled by a judge to be unfit for trial due to dementia. A year later he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Now Snuka, represented by his third wife, Carole, is suing the WWE for "long term neurological injuries" due to their wrestling careers, claiming that the league didn't warn them of possible dangers. He's joined in the class action suit by 52 other pro wrestlers, or their representatives. Stamford Patch:
The plaintiffs include Joseph Laurinaitis, aka "Road Warrior Animal"; Paul Orndorff, aka "Mr. Wonderful"; Terry Michael Brunk, aka "Sabu"; and many others.
The WWE failed to care for the plaintiffs' head injuries in any medically competent way, according to the lawsuit.
"WWE wrestling matches, unlike other contact sports, involve very specific moves that are scripted, controlled, directed and choreographed by WWE," the suit states. "As such the moves that resulted in Named Plaintiffs’ head injuries were the direct result of the WWE’s actions."
Among others named in the suit are King Kong Bundy (Chris Pallies), the 6-foot-4, 486-pound WWF star who in 1985 famously fought Andre the Giant in a bout dubbed The Colossal Jostle in Madison Square Garden. Bundy, now 58 and long retired, claims that the WWE used him up and cast him out -- failing to take care of his and other wrestlers' medical concerns.
But for every Superfly or King Kong Budy, there are three or four wrestkers you may not have even heard of. Here's the entire list from court records.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
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; DAVE HEBNER, EARL HEBNER; CHRIS PALLIES, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy; KEN PATERA; 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; SYLVAIN GRENIER; 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; MARK JINDRAK; BERNARD KNIGHTON as Personal Representative of the Brian Knighton, a.k.a. Axl Rotten, Estate; MARTY JANNETTY; JON HEIDENREICH.
TERRY SZOPINSKI, a.k.a. The Warlord; SIONE HAVEA VAILAHI, a.k.a. The Barbarian; LARRY OLIVER, a.k.a. The Crippler; BOBBI BILLIARD; 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; LOU MARCONI; ROD PRICE; DONALD DRIGGERS; RODNEY BEGNAUD, a.k.a. Rodney Mack; RONALD SCOTT HEARD, a.k.a. Outlaw Ron; BORIS ZHUKOV.
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