-You got no chance in hell!
Not only is this the opening lyrics to Vince McMahon’s theme song, it’s basically the motto for WWE when a lawsuit comes around. In 2016, over 50 employees of the WWE filed a class action lawsuit which alleged that talents incurred “long term neurological injuries” because the company “routinely failed to care” for them and “fraudulently misrepresented and concealed” the impact of those injuries.
It’s a heavy charge and we also have to remember that concussions weren’t in the spotlight until Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, found CTE in the brains of several former NFL players. This research would start in 2006 and doctors still are studying it to this day. It’s not fair to pin all the blame on the WWE because many of these wrestlers worked for the company for a small amount a time before this research was even thought out.
The WWE would respond to the lawsuit with this statement: "This is another ridiculous attempt by the same attorney who has previously filed class action lawsuits against WWE, both of which have been dismissed. A federal judge has already found that this lawyer made patently false allegations about WWE, and this is more of the same." Surprisingly, many of the wrestlers on this list still work in the ring today, despite the dangers the lawsuit explains.
This isn’t the first lawsuit the WWE has faced and it won’t be the last. Enjoy.
15 The Powers of Pain
Terry Szopinski (The Warlord) would make his debut in the wrestling industry in 1986. He would be spotted by the owner of a Minnesota gym that so happened to be Road Warrior Animal. Animal would get him involved with Jim Crockett Promotions and he would have a decent run as a heel. Sione Vailahi would make his wrestling debut in 1980, once a sumo practitioner, he would make his way into Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985.
It’s going to be hard for anyone to win a lawsuit involving physical damages when their nickname is The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal Maniac. Sabu would be trained by his uncle, The Sheik (Ed Farhat), and make his debut in the industry in 1985. He would bounce around many promotions but finally made a home at ECW in 1993. His hardcore style would be a welcomed sight but Sabu also could pull off high-flying maneuvers, as well as technical wrestling.
13 Jon Heidenreich
When you’re 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs over 300 pounds, people are going to notice you. Heidenreich would make his wrestling debut in 2001 but it would only last for eight years. In 2003, he would get noticed by the WWE while working for Ultimate Pro Wrestling. He would take a fast track to the big leagues and debut on Raw the same year he was signed.
12 Henry O. Godwinn
The West Virginia native is one of the last “southern country boy” gimmicks in the WWE. He would make his wrestling debut in 1989 and would be signed by the WCW by 1992. After two years in the WCW, Godwinn would sign with the WWE and get booked as an Arkansan pig farmer that carried a bucket of slop. Originally a heel, he would become a baby face after giving Ted DiBiase a bucket of slop to the face.
11 Marty Jannetty
The party boy Marty Jannetty seems like he makes the wrestling headlines every year for some reason or another so it’s not surprising he’s part of a class action lawsuit. After debuting in the industry in 1984, he would sign with the WWE in 1988. As one-half of the Rockers with Shawn Michaels, the two would become the biggest babyface tag team in the company. Vince decided to end that after noticing the epic potential Michaels had as a single's wrestler.
10 Shane Douglas
Douglas may not be the most well-known wrestler out there but will forever live in infamy when he trashed the NWA by supporting Paul Heyman’s ECW in 1993. One of the legends of ECW, Douglas wasn’t limited to a hardcore style. He could do it all and was charismatic enough to make the fans hate him or love him. After debuting in the wrestling industry in 1982, he wouldn’t sign with the WWE until 1990.
9 Adam Bomb
Bryan Clark would become Adam Bomb when he signed with the WWE in 1993. He would be managed by none other than Johnny Polo (Raven) and would be given the gimmick of a survivor of a nuclear explosion. We’re not kidding, Bomb was billed as a survivor from the infamous Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown accident. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Bomb would tower over the competition and had some potential to be a star.
8 The Hebner Brothers
Dave and Earl Hebner are legends in the wrestling business and deserve to be called stars. The twin brothers were born in 1949 but entered the wrestling industry at different stages in their life. Dave would make his debut in 1963 and be a member of the WWE by the 1980s. His best work may have been his involvement with Randy Savage versus Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III and Hulk Hogan versus Savage at WrestleMania V.
7 One Man Gang
He'll forever be known as One Man Gang but George Gray also pulled off one incredible character, playing Akeem in the 1980s. The towering heavyweight would make his debut in the industry in 1977. For ten years he would work around the country for various promotions such as Jim Crockett Promotions and Universal Wrestling Federation. In May of 1987, he would make his WWE debut with his manager Slick.
6 Ahmed Johnson
Johnson had a lot of potential when he signed with the WWE in 1995. Vince McMahon would book him as a powerhouse babyface and part of a new generation of Superstars that would catapult the company into the next century. Things started out great for Johnson, he would be booked in a hot feud right away with Yokozuna. McMahon would also put him in the ring with some of the best talents on the roster, such as Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
5 King Kong Bundy
Anyone else notice King Kong Bundy on Raw recently? Oh wait, that’s the Big Show, never mind... A huge bald headed man in the WWE isn’t something new and King Kong Bundy is one of the pioneers of that look. After being discovered by the Von Erich family, he would make his wrestling debut in 1981. As a monster heel, Bundy quickly got work around the world and would go up against the top babyfaces of his time.
The Mississippi native named James Harris would make his wrestling debut in 1974 after meeting Bobo Brazil. While working with Jerry Lawler in Memphis, the two came up with the famous Kamala character that scared the daylights out of many children. After having success and honing his craft, he would have several runs with the WWE between the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Fans that believe the WWE has nefarious intentions for all the bookings they make know all too well about Demolition. You think WWE would allow New Day to break the record for longest reign as Tag Team Champions because they’re stars, however, many fans believe they only got the nod because Demolition (the former record holder) would be part of the class action lawsuit against the WWE.
2 Paul Orndorff
At 67 years old, Orndorff would step back into the ring this year after a 17-year absents. He would work a six-man tag match for CWE’s 8th Anniversary Show Tour. The WWE Hall of Famer would make his wrestling debut in 1976. After working several territories, the WWE would offer him a contract in 1983. It was the right timing for Orndorff because the Vince McMahon and the WWE were on the path to owning the competition.
1 Road Warrior Animal
What a rush! We’re not talking about the rush of blood to Road Warrior Animal’s head after getting turned upside down but the lyrics to his entrance music. Animal and his partner, Road Warrior Hawk, revolutionized the Tag Team Division in the 1980s with their charisma and powerful abilities. Warrior would make his wrestling debut in 1982 and would work sign with the WWE in 1990 after a great run with Jim Crockett Promotions.
Vince McMahon would book them to win tag team gold a year after signing with the company but a fallout would occur between Hawk and creative after the use of a wooden ventriloquist dummy called Rocco. Animal and Hawk would eventually reunite and the two would stay with the company until 1992 and then work for WWE again between 1997-’99. Hawk was another name added to the recent lawsuit, in an attempt to get some money out of his former boss.
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