WWE legends Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and members of the tag team Demolition are among the 53 wrestlers who have filed a lawsuit against the WWE and its primary owner Vince McMahon, alleging that the company didn't do enough to protect them from head injuries or other health problems.
The suit alleges that the WWE did not protect its wrestlers "in any medically competent or meaningful manner."
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut by a team of six attorneys on behalf of the former wrestlers, claims a possible link between the injuries suffered in the ring and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease, according to The Boston Globe.
The WWE blasted the lawsuit in a statement.
"This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same. We’re confident this lawsuit will suffer the same fate as his prior attempts and be dismissed."
The NFL was struck with a similar lawsuit and reached a settlement of nearly $1 billion. The NHL has also faced a similar lawsuit that has yet to be resolved.
Other high profile wrestlers named in the suit include:
King Kong Bundy
Marty Jannetty (Shawn Michaels' longtime tag-team partner).
One Man Gang
Road Warrior Animal
and referees Earl and Dave Hebner