WWE has taken steps to escalate a civil lawsuit by transferring it from the Superior Court of Connecticut, Judicial District of Stamford, to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, thus moving the case to federal jurisdiction. This strategic move arises because WWE and the plaintiff, Richard Bryant, are residents of different states. Additionally, WWE has been granted an extension to respond to the lawsuit.

Richard Bryant, a Florida resident, initiated the lawsuit in March, alleging injuries from Friday Night SmackDown taping in Orlando in July 2022. WWE countered, explaining that Bryant suffered significant hearing loss in his right ear due to pyrotechnics near his seat. The lawsuit charges WWE with negligence in warning, testing, and supervising the use of pyrotechnics, which allegedly caused a ruptured eardrum and tinnitus.

Complicating the case, Bryant’s lawsuit also mentions unrelated foot injuries, raising questions about its coherence. He is seeking compensation for medical expenses, suggesting that his injuries might be permanent. The case’s shift to federal court will significantly impact its scrutiny and direction.

According to legal documents, WWE has secured an extension from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut to respond to Bryant’s lawsuit. The original deadline was this month, but WWE now has until July 3rd to file its response.


It’s also worth noting that WWE is facing another lawsuit from Marvin Jackson, who claims he sustained hearing injuries during WrestleMania 38 in Dallas. While the outcome of Bryant’s lawsuit is still pending, it is evident that WWE is navigating multiple legal challenges related to injuries at their events. The legal process will determine the next steps in Bryant’s case.

What do you think about WWE’s chances of winning this lawsuit? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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