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WWE News: Titus O’Neil Files Counter-Suit Against Cameraman Over Swerved Incident

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It’s been quite some time now since we’ve had any updates on the lawsuit by cameraman Donald Anderson against WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil and the company (go here for the last update), stemming from an incident while filming the WWE Network program, Swerved. As we know, Anderson is suing both Titus, real name Thaddeus Bullard, as well as WWE, claiming he was injured after Titus kicked at his camera following a prank that saw fellow Superstar Paige shock O’Neil with a cattle prod.

Anderson’s suit in Florida is for Battery, Assault, Willful Misconduct, Gross Negligence, Negligence, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, plus Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and seeks in excess of $15,000 in addition to damages. Originally, Anderson filed suit in California for $1.2 million in damages, but the case was then moved to Florida.

Titus is now firing back as PWInsider is reporting that he has responded with a counter-suit in the amount of $15,000. The counter-suit claims that Titus “acted out of necessity to prevent being assaulted”, as well as “did not create the danger to be avoided and stopped his action when the danger was gone”. It also states that Donald Anderson “knowingly and voluntarily assumed the risk when he intentionally conspired, planned and participated” when he agreed to “film/record the assault and battery”, thus forcing Titus to “used reasonable force that was not greater than necessary to end the threat of being cattle prodded repeatedly”.

O’Neil also alleges that this part of the segment was filmed without WWE’s knowledge and included evidence that showed the sketch was not included on the approved list by the company. Additionally, Titus is alleging that Uranus Productions, who was hired to develop Swerved, directed Paige to assault him with the cattle prod and he had never given consent for it.

EA’s Take: Lots of legal mumbo-jumbo here, so at the end of the day, I don’t have a clue how this could play out legally. My first inclination would be that the whole thing just gets thrown out because it’s starting to get a little over the top. The cameraman seemed like a bit of an ambulance chaser to me from the beginning and although there may have been some truth to his side of the story, the details of his lawsuit just seem to be like he’s reaching a bit far. Now that Titus has responded, I feel like there’s probably a lot of truth to what he’s saying as well, but now because he’s in defense mode, he too is reaching.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)

Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble

Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.

Are You Ready?

It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.

Big Plans For Lacey Evans?

Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.

Lio Rush Has Heat ?

Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.

“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”

“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News

DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.

Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)

Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!

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Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!

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More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)

“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”

AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes

Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:

Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber

Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.

Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event

While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.

 


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