The Progress Of A Fan's Lawsuit Against WWE For Pyrotechnic Injuries

WWE is being sued over worries about event safety.

by Noman Rasool
The Progress Of A Fan's Lawsuit Against WWE For Pyrotechnic Injuries

Marvin Jackson filed a lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in January, claiming that being too close to the pyrotechnic blasts at last year's WrestleMania event caused him to lose his hearing. Since then, WWE has attempted to transfer the lawsuit from Tarrant County, Texas, to the Northern District of Texas federal court.

In addition, the business has argued that the dispute should be settled through arbitration based on the terms fans agree to when purchasing tickets to WWE events. PWInsider claims that Jackson's lawyer responded to these efforts last Friday and clarified why the arbitration terms do not bind him.

Two main points underpin Jackson's argument for avoiding private arbitration proceedings. First, he says the tickets were given to his nephew as a gift, so Jackson didn't buy them or agree to the arbitration terms at the point of sale.

Second, he claims he never received physical copies of the tickets because the digital copies used for entry were kept on his nephew's phone and never his own. WWE requests that the court temporarily halt the lawsuit to permit arbitration while Jackson challenges the arbitration clause.

WWE's Use Of Pyrotechnics In The Past: Costs, Shows, And A New Introduction

Pyrotechnic displays have long been a hallmark of televised WWE events, with even more extravagant displays at significant events like WrestleMania.

WWE had temporarily ceased using pyrotechnics to cut costs. However, in 2019, this decision was reversed, and fireworks were reinstated permanently at WWE events. WWE and its fans may face significant consequences if this lawsuit is successful.

The arbitration clauses commonly found in ticket purchase agreements may be reevaluated if the court accepts Jackson's arguments. If other fans believe they have been harmed by WWE events, such as pyrotechnic displays, they may be able to sue similarly because of this.

In addition, this case demonstrates the potential dangers posed by live pyrotechnics. WWE and other organizations may reevaluate their use of such effects, implementing stricter safety measures or limiting their use to minimize the risk of injury to spectators if Jackson's claim of hearing loss caused by the blasts' proximity is proven.

The wrestling organization and its fans will closely monitor the progress of the legal dispute between Jackson and WWE to determine how this case will affect live events in the future and the overall industry.