Wrestling Group Tries to Piledrive Complaint By One of Its Own

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Wrestling Group Tries to Piledrive Complaint By One of Its Own

Thu Mar 27, 2008 @ 03:57PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Konnan Ever wonder what a professional wrestler's contract looks like? Here's your chance to check out the injury indemnifications and other contract riders typically agreed upon, thanks to a new lawsuit filed by TNA Entertainment against one of its wrestlers, Charles Ashenoff (known as "Konnan").

Konnan agreed to accept responsibility for any injuries from wrestling, and also agreed not to file any lawsuit for damages arising from his participation in professional wrestling, but that didn't stop him from planning a lawsuit against TNA for racial discrimination, according to TNA.

Beating Konnan to the punch, TNA filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Texas yesterday, seeking a declaratory order that the wrestler can't pursue a complaint. According to the lawsuit, the defendant alleged that he had a hip injury, that TNA negligently failed to produce proper trainers resulting in chronic renal failure due to his ingestion of performance enhancing drugs, and that he suffered from racial discrimination in connection with his Hispanic wrestling character. TNA says it received a demand letter and a draft complaint from Konnan's lawyers.

Read the rest of the very interesting complaint here .

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