The United States Supreme Court today (April 26) declined to hear appeals of cases the lawyer filed against Vince McMahon’s company on behalf of numerous wrestlers including Viscera/Big Daddy V, Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Joseph “Road Warrior Animal’’ Laurinaitis, and many others - more than 50 in all. The suits claimed WWE failed to protect them from repeated head injuries that led to long-term brain damage.
Snuka and another plaintiff Harry “Mr.Fuji” Fujiwara were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after their deaths in 2016 and 2017 respectively, per Kyros.
Several cases were dismissed three years ago by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford, Connecticut. Judge Bryant ruled there was no evidence WWE knew while the plaintiffs were wrestling (mostly in the 1980s and 1990s) that head shots - or concussions - caused CTE or other long-term injuries. She also said several of Kyros’ cases were filed after the statute of limitations expired.
It was that latter he asked the Supreme Court to hear after a federal appeals court in New York City upheld Bryant’s decisions in 2020. The high court doesn’t provide explanations for why they decide not hear appeals, but whatever their reasons, not taking the case marks the end of the road for Kyros and his clients.
WWE, which had denied wrongdoing and argued the lawsuits had no merit, was represented by their chief legal counsel, Jerry McDevitt. McDevitt issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s move:
“We’re glad its finally over. We were completely vindicated.”
There’s been no comment from Kyros or any of the plaintiffs.