Anyone who has ever been to a WWE event knows that sometimes the explosions do come out of nowhere and are seriously loud and startling if you’re not expecting them. Here’s an example from just the other week:
Crazy Pyro for @wwe #smackdown. To think, I haven’t been here since the montreal screw job. A lot has changed ! pic.twitter.com/yzWLU2g7l9
— LordBlkRamen (@LordBlkRamen) February 18, 2023
In fact it’s pretty shocking that all the guys from the Attitude/Ruthless Aggression era don’t suffer hearing loss, especially someone like Kane whose entrance was loud AF.
Well this week, the WWE has been served a personal injury lawsuit by a fan who claims he lost ‘most the hearing in his left ear’ due to a pyrotechnic explosion on night 2 of Wrestlemania last year.
According to PWInsider, plaintiff Marvin Jackson is seeking damages of more than $1 million, accusing the WWE of negligence for not warning attendees that there would be loud noises and pyrotechnic explosions.
The complaint reads:
Plaintiff was seated next to the stage at the venue. When performance began, pyrotechnics went off. The blast from the pyrotechnics was so loud that it caused Plaintiff to lose almost all hearing in his left ear. No facts suggest that anything Plaintiff did or failed to do in any way caused or contributed to the incident or resulting damages. Defendant failed to notify anyone or place any warnings to warn of the existence of the dangers associated with pyrotechnics. As a result of the incident, Plaintiff suffered serious injuries.
It goes on to say that having pyrotechnics indoors constitutes an “abnormally dangerous activity” for attendees. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has a retractable roof which was closed during last year’s event.
Due to the proximity of the pyrotechnics to the invitees, the indoor nature of the display, and the inherent danger of pyrotechnics, the degree of risk of harm to invitees was particularly high at WrestleMania 38. The likelihood of harm associated with those risks was commensurate with the risk.
So from the sounds of it Marvin was an ‘invitee’ rather than a paying fan, which might help his case a little bit. I’m sure WWE will seek to settle out of court because that’s how they handle things over there, but again, it’s pretty surprising this issue hasn’t come up before with either attendees or especially the wrestlers themselves. Not just because of the pyros but also having tens of thousands of people screaming at you every night. I mean, Kane had to do this basically every night for 25+ years:
That just seems like one way ticket to tinnitus town. Who knows, maybe the wrestlers have been lowkey wearing ear-plugs all these years. No such foresight for the fans though.
For the man who had an earache and discovered a whole family of cockroaches living in his ear, click HERE. FFS.