Brian Jack, the wrestler who filed a lawsuit against WWE last year in Wisconsin before it was quickly dismissed, filed another against them in Hillsborough County, Florida on January 3. He’s also filed lawsuits against Steve Keirn, Steve Keirn Inc. aka Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE NXT and additional John and Jane Does to be named.
He says that on January 7, 2009, he was an “experienced, professional wrestler who was an invitee” at FCW’s training center in Tampa, Florida. He says he was “specifically required” to train in one of the rings in the center, even though “there were two other fully functional training wrestling rings”. He says at 7:30 PM that night, the ring he was working in collapsed in a “sudden and horrible measure” while he was training a “rookie wrestler” with 6-8 others in the ring. This caused a “horrendously painful breaking” of Jack’s knee. He said he was hurt “without pay” for four months after the injury.
He claimed: “Defendants failed and refused to render any kind of meaningful aid. Defendants failed and refused to contact emergency personnel for the Plaintiff regarding his injuries. Defendant Keirn, at the time of the injury, confidentially advised the Plaintiff that unless he wanted to work as a wrestler with Defendant WWE, Plaintiff was not to call an ambulance or report the occurrence of the injury.”
He also claims the defendants showed “gross negligence”, allowed a “dangerous structure” in the facility, and didn’t properly supervise the ring, manage the number of people inside the ring even though they knew about the issues with it and didn’t have an appropriate response plan in case of a ring collapse. He says they also did not tell him that the ring was dangerous.
He is seeking damages for “past and future medical and hospital expenses, mental anguish, emotional distress, past and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity as a professional wrestler, temporary and permanent injuries, pain and suffering, lose of ability to earn money, permanent disfigurement and scarring, loss of enjoyment of life and all other damages as provided by Florida law.” He wants pre and post judgment interest in the damages and wants his legal fees covered by the defendants. Jack also wants a jury trial for the suit.
His previous Wisconsin lawsuit was thrown out. It featured several bogus claims and named Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella as defendants. The two are not named in this latest lawsuit. The alleged ring collapse would have happened two years after WWE developmental was moved to Keirn’s FCW in Tampa.