WWE Sued by Jimmy Snuka, More Former Stars over Brain Injuries

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2016

Jimmy 'Superfly’ Snuka appears at the Spooky Empire Mayhem Horror Convention at the DoubleTree Hotel on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by [Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
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Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is among dozens of wrestlers who filed a lawsuit against WWE on Monday, alleging the company ignored the severity and long-term impact of head injuries.  

According to Chris Dolmetsch of Bloomberg, the suit questions WWE's handling of concussions and states the sports entertainment giant "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."

Snuka is joined in the suit by fellow Hall of Famers Road Warrior Animal and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, as well as Chavo Guerrero Jr., Bryan Clark, Ahmed Johnson, Kamala, Dave Hebner, Earl Hebner, King Kong Bundy, Ken Patera, Sabu, Ax and Smash of tag team Demolition, The Berzerker, Shane Douglas, Muhammad Hassan, Henry Godwinn, Mark Jindrak, Marty Jannetty, Heidenreich, Mantaur, One Man Gang and the estate of Axl Rotten, per Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet.   

The 73-year-old Snuka is in the midst of another legal battle, as he was charged with murder (warning: link contains NSFW language) in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, last year.

Snuka, who is suffering from dementia, was ruled incompetent to stand trial in June, however, according to Sarah Cassi of LehighValleyLive.com.

Multiple concussion-related class-action lawsuits by former wrestlers against WWE were dismissed in March, per Keith Harris of SB Nation's Cageside Seats.

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WWE has close ties to the Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founded by former WWE star Chris Nowinski. The group's stated mission is to study, treat and prevent brain trauma in athletes, and WWE executive Paul "Triple H" Levesque serves on the board of directors.


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