On January 12th, 2021, Marvin Jackson filed a lawsuit against WWE in the District Court of Tarrant County, Texas alleging that he lost hearing in his left ear while attending WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
According to a report from Pwinsider, the lawsuit claims that Jackson was an “invitee” to the event and was standing next to the stage when the pyrotechnics went off. The pyro blast was so loud that it caused him to lose almost all hearing in his left ear. Jackson argues that WWE was aware of the risk involved and that his injury was the result of the “objective, extreme risk that Defendant was subjectively aware of yet disregarded for cosmetic effect and pecuniary gain.”
The lawsuit is accusing WWE of negligence, gross negligence, and strict liability and claims that WWE was well versed with the risk involved in using the pyrotechnics and that Jackson was injured due to their “objective, conscious disregard for safety.” The plaintiff is requesting a jury trial and seeks more than $1 million including “damages of any kind, penalties, costs, expenses, prejudgment interest, and attorney’s fees.”
In response, WWE filed a request on February 17th to have the lawsuit moved to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. The honorable court is yet to rule on the said request.