WrestleMania 38 took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show featured a total of 16 matches spread across two nights. For a fan named Marvin Jackson, it turned out to be a memorable show for different reasons. He filed a lawsuit against WWE as he lost hearing in one of his ears during the event. Now it seems WWE is asking the lawsuit against them to be paused.

As previously reported, Marvin Jackson filed lawsuit against WWE on January 12th before the District Court of Tarrant County, Texas alleging that he lost hearing in his left ear when he attended WrestleMania 38 due to the pyrotechnics that took place as part of the show’s production.

According to the lawsuit, Marvin is suing WWE for Negligence, Gross Negligence, and Strict Liability while also claiming WWE knew of the risk involved in using pyrotechnics but disregarded it.

The lawsuit which was filed in Texas requested a jury trial and monetary damages of more than $1 million including damages of any kind, costs, penalties, expenses, prejudgment interest, and attorney’s fees.


On February 17th WWE filed a request to have the lawsuit moved to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Forth Worth Division, a ruling on the matter has not been made.

According to PWInsider, WWE had filed a motion requesting that the matter be moved to arbitration, arguing that fans had to agree to the terms and conditions of ticket purchase at AT&T Stadium before buying WrestleMania tickets online. These terms and conditions include entering arbitration over any legal issues.

Jackson, on the other hand, responded to the request on March 17, arguing that he never agreed to any terms and conditions related to the tickets, as his nephew had purchased them as a gift and he never paid for them. He also stated that he never had physical possession of the tickets as they were stored on his nephew’s phone.

A ruling on WWE’s request to move the matter to arbitration has not yet been made. However, WWE is asking that the lawsuit be paused until the arbitration process has played out.

While it’s sad that a fan lost his hearing at a WWE event, losing this lawsuit could cause the company to limit the use of pyrotechnics at upcoming events, which could take away some of the effects of the show. Stay tuned to Ringside News as we bring you similar stories.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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