-- Two former professional wrestlers accused the WWE of ignoring concussions and having performers do dangerous stunts that left them with serious brain injuries.
The 40-page complaint alleges that WWE mistreated its wrestlers and claims it “negligently or purposefully failed to diagnose concussions.”
"Under the guise of providing entertainment, the WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known, caused ... long-term irreversible bodily damage, including brain damage," the lawsuit said.
Konstantine Kyros, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said there are striking parallels between the NFL’s litigation and his clients’ complaint.
“The NFL lawsuit articulates a lot of the issues that are present in the WWE, namely ignorance and the downplaying of risks of repetitive concussions,” Kyros said.
The suit describes some of the more dramatic tricks performed by WWE wrestlers, including the flying head butt and the chair shot, which involves striking a performer in the head with a folding chair. The complaint alleges that wrestlers are encouraged to get hurt and cites several cases where wrestlers were knocked unconscious, including a 2007 incident in which Candice Michelle fell from the top turnbuckle, landing on her neck.
A lawyer for the WWE addressed the complaint in a statement to ABC News.
"WWE has never concealed any medical information related to concussions, or otherwise, from our talent," the WWE said. "We will vigorously contest this lawsuit."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.