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WWE files motion in fan injury lawsuit

WWE files motion in fan injury lawsuitWWE files motion in fan injury lawsuit


WWE has filed a motion to change the venue of a recently filed lawsuit involving a July 2022 fan incident.

In March 2024, Richard Bryant filed a lawsuit against WWE, claiming he suffered injuries during a SmackDown taping in Orlando, Florida that took place in July 2022.

Bryant claims his injuries were the result of WWE’s “negligence and carelessness” and claims they failed:

“Adequately warned of the dangers of pyrotechnics, failed to test the effect of pyrotechnics on the premises, failed to operate the pyrotechnics with reasonable care, failed to employ reasonably competent employees, select, train and supervise, failed to implement and enforce reasonable policies and procedures for the safe use of pyrotechnics, failed to exercise reasonable care in the management of pyrotechnics, failed to warn the claimant of the possible consequences of the use of pyrotechnics, and all other actions that are determined to be negligent or abusive based on the factual circumstances.”

In the lawsuit, Bryant then lists the injuries he suffered during WWE SmackDown, claiming:

“Traumatic rupture of his right eardrum, bilateral tinnitus, hearing loss in his right ear, psychological damage.”

It is stated that the injuries are potentially permanent, and then it is stated that Bryant has incurred and will likely incur future medical expenses for his treatment.

In addition to these injuries, Bryant also claims he was required to be “non-weight-bearing” for a period of time, requiring crutches and a boot to “limit movement and pain and promote healing of the left foot.”

According to the lawsuit, the foot injury will likely require surgical fusion and he is unable to perform the athletic and physical activities in which he could have participated “before the collision,” although it is not clear where this collision occurred or how it relates. to the above list of hearing-related injuries.

According to PW Insider, WWE has filed a motion to move the civil lawsuit “from the Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Stamford, to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, which would be subject to federal jurisdiction” as it company and the plaintiff are in different states.

Bryant is seeking $15,000 in damages from WWE for the injuries he claims he suffered.

WrestleTalk will provide further details as they become available.

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12 minutes ago by Dave Adamson