WWE Star Sued For Painfully Real Assault On Co-Worker
According to the lawsuit, which was first reported on by the Courthouse News Service, producer Green asked Big Show for an interview for the WWE website after a Jan. 27th match, telling him that his boss wanted it. Big Show allegedly was hostile and quickly turned violent. While "shouting obscenities, and waving his fist," Big Show grabbed Green by his throat and punched him in the face, the suit says. "You son of a b***h ... Are you having fun right now. ... Don't even come up to me again. ... I don't give a s**t who you are,' " the suit claims the wrestler yelled.
Green acknowledges in the lawsuit that the WWE "required [Wight] to act in a violent, erratic and threatening manner both inside and outside of the wrestling ring." But Green says in the suit that he's now suffering from "a ton of anxiety." He has stopped showing up for work. His lawsuit calls for unspecified damages and named the WWE as a co-defendant. (In speaking to AOL Jobs, the WWE said it does not comment on pending legal matters.)
This being professional wrestling, however, WWE officials initially were thrilled by the drama. They aired the interview in full on the WWE website, the suit notes. The video initially garnered more than 100,000 page views in the span of two days, but was taken down on Jan. 29. The WWE "should have known that posting the attack on the Internet involved an unreasonable risk of causing mental harm to Green," the complaint charges.
Big Show, for his part, said any re-do of the interview wouldn't come off as authentic, because his anger was "real," according to the lawsuit. Wight's character has been a part of the WWE act for 18 years. And according to wrestling blogger Drake Oz, who writes for the sports blog, the Bleacher Report, Wight's work stands out for his versatile acting ability. Oz says that Wight can "be thrust into any type of feud and make it work." Indeed, Oz notes that Wight's persona has "thrived" as both the "the lovable and goofy giant" and as "the most awe-inspiring big man."
The WWE is the leader of the professional wrestling world and isn't a stranger to controversy. In January, rival league Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, dropped a lawsuit against the WWE in which it claimed that the WWE had illegally obtained their files in an effort to steal away some of their wrestlers. According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, the parties privately settled the matter.
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