WWE events are known for their noise, and that comes with pyrotechnic displays, especially at larger shows. WrestleMania events are famous for explosions, but it was apparently too much for one fan. They tried to cash in on WWE, but that was an epic fail.

We previously reported that Marvin Jackson filed a lawsuit against WWE on 1/12 before the District Court of Tarrant County, Texas alleging that he lost hearing in his left ear while an “invitee” to WrestleMania 38 due to a pyrotechnics blast that occurred as part of the WWE production. Jackson’s lawsuit requested a jury trial and was seeking monetary relief of more than $1,000,000, including damages of any kind, penalties, costs, expenses, prejudgment interest, and attorney’s fees.

The injury lawsuit from last year’s WrestleMania has been ruled in WWE’s favor by Judge Mark T. Pittman. The lawsuit, which was brought by Jackson against WWE, focused on the question of arbitration.

Both parties had submitted supplemental material on the issue, with WWE seeking to have the case moved to arbitration since the initial filing. The judge ultimately found that the arbitration agreement was binding and enforceable, and therefore the case must proceed to arbitration.



Because the Court finds that Jackson is subject to the Arbitration Agreement and there is no real dispute by Jackson’s injury falls within the Arbitration Agreement’s scope, WWE’s motion to compel arbitration is GRANTED. This action is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE in favor of arbitral proceedings to be instituted by Jackson against WWE, as provided for in their Arbitration Agreement. See Alford v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 975 F.2d 1161, 1164 (5th Cir. 1992) (upholding dismissal with prejudice of claims when all the party’s claims were subject to arbitration).

A final judgment will issue by separate order.
SO ORDERED on this 9th day of May 2023.

While the ruling may not be what Marvin Jackson had hoped for, it’s worth noting that arbitration is a common method for resolving legal disputes in the United States. The specifics of the arbitration process in this case have yet to be determined, but it is likely to be a quicker and less expensive option than going to trial.

This ruling does not necessarily mean that WWE is responsible for Jackson’s injuries, and as the legal proceedings continue, more information may come to light about the events leading up to Jackson’s injuries and who may be held responsible for them.

We will have to see what kind of lawsuit WWE is presented with next. They seem very good at batting them down like flies whenever they come around. Even an epic class-action concussion lawsuit didn’t shake WWE, because the company is able to do a lot with their world-class legal team.

This should also serve as a lesson for anyone who wants to attend a WrestleMania event and then sue WWE over the experience. They are loud events with a lot of people. You get what you pay for, because Marvin Jackson could have always stayed in the hotel and watched the event on Peacock.

What’s your take on this lawsuit? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

Felix Upton is a seasoned writer with over 30 years of experience. He began his career writing advertisements for local newspapers in New York before transitioning to publishing news for Ringside News. His expertise includes writing, editing, research, photo editing, and video editing. In his free time, he enjoys bungee jumping and learning extinct languages.

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