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The whole thing is utterly disgusting, but what do you expect? WWE is a shitheap of coverups and lies with an utter seedy lunatic at the head. They're lucky nobody gives a shit about wrestling. I hope the XFL draws attention to all this stuff and exposes them for what they are.

The HR department must just be Zac Ryder in a locker.

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I cancelled. It's going to hurt me more than them but that's not really the point.

When the crux of your argument is nit-picking about how you feel a woman (because that's the word when you're talking about human beings, not "a female") should or shouldn't describe her own sexual as

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1 hour ago, LCJ said:

This quote from the corroboration of events got me. Little did we know what was actually happening.....

“After lunch, we visit Navy Customs, where some of the troops are in lockdown awaiting their flights home. It is great to see the smiles on their faces as their final activity in camp is getting to meet some of the Legends and Divas.  Gary then retrieves Ashley from the Medical Center. While still weak, she insists on participating in our last photo session on base.”

Even knowing what had already happened, reading this I felt awful right at my very core. Makes me so angry and sad.

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19 hours ago, IANdrewDiceClay said:

What a bellend.

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What comment was he replying to? I've had a look as Ashley's affidavit as well as the rather lengthy court decision from September 2018, although I haven't had time to study the latter in too much detail and IANAL (but neither is Meltzer) so some of it might be a bit difficult to fully understand, and Ashley Massaro isn't specifically mentioned in it. 

https://wweconcussionlawsuitnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WWE-WINS.pdf

However there's details such as:

Vito LoGrasso's claim being summarily dismissed due to the plaintiff's "failed to present any evidence that WWE knew of the risk that concussions could cause permanent degenerative neurological conditions prior to 2007" - page 8

The more substantial "Plaintiffs’ counsel therefore lacks any good faith basis for asserting that WWE was aware of any association between professional wrestling and CTE prior to 2007, which was after most of the Plaintiffs retired. The Court is also unwilling to find that the diagnosis of one wrestler with CTE is sufficient to imbue WWE with actual awareness of a probable link between wrestling and CTE. Further, counsel lacks a good faith basis for asserting that Plaintiffs who retired after 2007 could not on their own, in the exercise of due diligence, uncover information timely about CTE or the risks that concussions or subconcussive blows could cause CTE. For example, the circumstances surrounding  Mr.  Benoit’s  death  were  so  tragic  and  so  horrifying  that  it  would have been reasonable for his fellow wrestlers to follow news developments about him and about CTE, through which they could have deduced that they were at risk of developing CTE and sought medical opinions about risks to their own health. This information was widely available in public news sources, such that WWE did not have superior access to it, and could not have thwarted any attempted investigation. Tolling on the basis of fraudulent concealment is therefore baseless." - page 33

The plaintiff's counsel were repeatedly criticised for including irrelevant information, for example "Plaintiffs have asserted numerous patently time-barred claims that have nothing to do with Plaintiffs’ alleged head trauma, any long-term consequences of such trauma, or WWE’s concealment of the risk that such trauma could cause permanent degenerative neurological conditions." - page 33

And also "This non-exhaustive list of irrelevant allegations seems to have had little to no effect on Attorney Kyros’ decision-making, because the SAC still lists WWE’s revenues, observations that former wrestler and non-party Jesse Ventura made on a television show, and the fact that WWE did not provide wrestlers with health insurance. In addition to these irrelevant allegations are numerous others, including a list of physical injuries that have nothing to do with concussions or head trauma, incurred by several Plaintiffs in the ring." - page 36

Earlier on the same page it really does summarise the problem with the lawsuit in layman's terms "What is really at issue in this case is whether WWE knew of the risk that repeated head trauma could cause permanent degenerative neurological conditions, fraudulently failed to disclose these risks to wrestlers, and then fraudulently concealed facts which it had a legal duty to disclose that would have given rise to legal claims between each Plaintiff’s retirement and the date that this action was filed. Whether WWE currently is or could be in possession of evidence that concussions can cause CTE is immaterial." - page 36

As the decision mentions earlier, there appears to have been no evidence presented prior to 2007 that WWE were aware of CTE problems, and even after the Benoit murder-suicide the court isn't prepared to accept that WWE should be aware of a probable link based on that one case. So while Ashley Massaro's affidavit details truly appalling treatment by WWE, knee injuries, non-head injuries and a rape are nothing to do with the lawsuit. The key issue, as the decision makes clear, is whether WWE were aware of the dangers of CTE, head trauma etc and knowingly concealed that from their wrestlers. And as stated earlier IANAL, but I don't see anything in Ashley Massaro's affidavit that proves they do, only an assertion that "I was never informed of the long-term risks associated with concussions or repeated head trauma and I had never even heard the terms TBI or CTE mentioned", which is worthless unless they can prove WWE knew about those long-term risks and intentionally concealed them. And yes I'm sure we all have an opinion about whether WWE did or didn't know, but you can hardly blame a court for insisting on actual proof.

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A lot of the old WWE divas from around Ashley's time in the company have started a gofundme to cover the expenses of her daughters college education with the end goal set at $100k and has already raised over 10 grand in 9 hours. 

While the entire situation is shit as hell, I can't imagine how hard it must be for a 19 year old to be going through all this so publicly and for those who have cancelled their network subscription and want to use that money for a better cause or even just those that want to try and help in some way link is below 

https://www.gofundme.com/AshleyMassarosDaughterEducationalFund

Also seems Foley has put in 5 grand for it as well. 

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10 minutes ago, Shy Dad said:

Also seems Foley has put in 5 grand for it as well. 

Going by the names of others who have donated.

Natalya has put in $250, Lillian Garcia has put in $1000, Candice Michelle has put in $100, Taryn Terell has put in $100, Kelly Kelly has put in $100 and Alexa Bliss has put in $5

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16 minutes ago, Astro Hollywood said:

The accompanying video of ex-WWE women giving condolences to her daughter is pretty devastating.

 

That was a hard watch

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There's a lot of jealously and bitchiness when it comes to wrestling. Especially if a person only had a few years in it and came through via a Diva search where they got a better downside than 90% of the female roster. But you wont hear a bad word said against her from the people she worked with. They all liked her. All considered her a friend. That's why its crazy to think she made that story up. She had problems, but she wasnt a problem. She never had a rep as a trouble maker or an attention seeker or someone who was bitter. She was just a nice woman who had injuries and a some demons. She escorted to earn money for her daughter. So fucking what? The shit she got for that was embarrassing.

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