Triple-H and Vince McMahon will be deposed in court in a lawsuit filed against the WWE by former performer Vito Lo Grasso and former developmental talent Evan Singleton. Several staff doctors will also be deposed in the ongoing lawsuit against the company. Lo Grasso and Singleton alleged the company lacked protection when it comes to its performers’ health. They are specifically citing concussions, CTE, and other head-trauma injuries.
Judge Vanessa L. Bryant ruled on Friday that Stephanie McMahon-Levesque will join her husband and father. She will now be deposed in the lawsuit as well. The WWE’s legal team argued that she was irrelevant to the lawsuit’s scope.
Judge Bryant ruled:
WWE made Levesque available previously to testify before Congress on issues related to the safety of its wrestlers. Although the Court rejected Plaintiff’s fraudulent misrepresentation claims on the basis of that testimony, WWE has not demonstrated that Levesque is not an appropriate deponent on the issues of whether WWE had a duty, and whether that duty was breached, to disclose knowledge of long term health risks caused by repeated head trauma. The parties are ordered to work cooperatively to schedule a deposition based on the witness’ availability, which may be conducted up to fourteen days after the current discovery deadline.
Lo Grasso says that he suffers from migraines, memory loss, and deafness because of WWE’s negligence and failure to diagnose concussions correctly.
“Under the guise of providing entertainment, the WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused … long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage,” the lawsuit reads.
Interestingly enough, former WWE star Chris Nowinski will testify as well. His career ended due to concussions he suffered while working for the wrestling company. Nowinski now heads the Concussion Legacy Foundation, one of the most credible authorities on concussion in sports.
This is the biggest lawsuit against the WWE since the steroid trials in the early 1990s.