• Update On WrestleMania 38 Fan Injury Lawsuit
A fan named Marvin Jackson filed a lawsuit against WWE in January. He allegedly suffered an injury at WrestleMania 38.
He claims that he lost hearing in his left ear due to a pyrotechnic blast that took place during a WrestleMania 38 moment.
He’s requesting a jury trial and is looking for a monetary relief of more than $1 Million, including damages of any kind, penalties, costs, expenses, prejudgment interest and attorney’s fees.
Marvin’s lawsuit accuses WWE of Negligence, Gross Negligence, and Strict Liability. He claims they knew the risks of using pyro and neglected it.
In an update, WWE issued the following response to Marvin’s accusations:
“Jackson’s only argument to attempt to avoid arbitration is that his nephew, Ashton Mott, supposedly purchased the tickets and kept them on his (Mott’s) phone, as a result of which Jackson asserts he did not assent to the terms associated with the electronic ticket, including the Arbitration Agreement.
Jackson is wrong as a matter of fact and law. Jackson does not and cannot dispute that the terms of the Arbitration and Release & Waiver of Liability Agreement expressly apply to him because he used the electronic ticket purchased through SeatGeek.com to attend WrestleMania 38.
Jackson also does not and cannot dispute that his purported decision to ignore the terms of his ticket and the multiple notifications that were sent regarding such terms is legally irrelevant.
Jackson, therefore, has failed to satisfy his burden to show that the Arbitration Agreement is invalid. Accordingly, the Court should grant WWE’s Motion and compel arbitration.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 20, 1997) – WWF In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 20, 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired ‘WWF In Your House 14: Revenge of the ‘Taker’ LIVE on PPV from the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York.
This was the 14th out of 28 WWF In Your House pay-per-views, that aired between 1995 and 1999.
The Results were:
WWF Tag Team Championship: The Legion of Doom defeated Owen Hart & The British Bulldog (c) by DQ
WWF Intercontinental Championship: Savio Vega defeated Rocky Maivia (c) by count-out
Jesse James defeated Rockabilly
WWF World Heavyweight Championship: The Undertaker (c) defeated Mankind
#1 contender match: Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart by DQ