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Pro wrestler sues because opponent fought back for real, causing him to lose a testicle

Feb 29, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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It’s something I’ve always pondered: what if a pro wrestling match went wildly off script, and one of the wrestlers fought back for real? That would make a good movie (copyright, patent, do not steal). Now it’s happened for real, apparently, as John Levi Miller, 23, filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming that Clinton Woosley did some unauthorized kicking to his groin area in a match. Woosley was supposed to be the designated loser in their Indiana-based Coliseum Championship Wrestling match this past June, but things didn’t go as planned. Woosley kicked Miller in the groin at some point, and as a result, Miller lost a testicle, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

NBCSports:

Miller says Woosley, who wrestles under the name Guido Andretti, declined his invitation to map out the fight, as is customary, and instead said he understood the plan and that “it would be OK.” However, Miller says Woosley tried to win and kicked him hard in the crotch.

Miller, who was a contestant on season two of “Love Games,” an Oxygen Channel reality show, could not immediately be reached for comment. Neither he nor Woosley had listed phone numbers. In his bio on the show’s website, Miller is described as an aspiring WWE wrestler who has made a few appearances on the WWE circuit as a villain named “The Playboy J-Millz.”

Miller’s lawyer, Larry Wilder of Jeffersonville, told the paper that Miller applied ice to the swelling after returning home from his match with Woosley, but went to a hospital the next day, where doctors ended up removing his ruptured right testicle.

Sam Cosby, who owns Coliseum Championship Wrestling, which promoted the event, told the newspaper that Miller got his facts wrong. He said Miller finished the match and actually won it, as scripted, and he said Miller gave no indication afterward that he had been injured.

Miller’s lawyer says he has no health insurance and owes more than $20,000 in medical bills. One would think that health insurance would be a priority for a pro wrestler — even though the matches may be staged, there’s still a lot of physicality involved, and the potential for injury. But I guess not.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    How can a wrestling…league? group? troupe? exist without requiring all participants to carry insurance? I used to work with a guy who was an amateur “pro” wrestler, but he only did it because he had a good insurance policy through our employer (and he needed it often).

  2. alligatorsnapper - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    diwgatifeellike: Good post! When I was a young boy I went to school with the son of a then very renowed professional wrestler. I would see his dad bring my friend (his son) to school daily. One day I asked my friend why his dad wasn’t on tv as he was before. My friend responded, “My dad needs insurance.” If this story is true, it is sad. I would hope it is not a publicity stunt.

  3. bobwsc - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    WWE treats their wrestlers (or did) as independent contractors, so they received pay but little benefits. Jesse Ventura wanted everyone to walk out on McMahon at wrestlemania 2, demanding benefits like insurance, disability pay, etc, but too many guys feared that Vince would run them out of the business for good. this is an issue in the UFC as well; Joe Stevenson was going to Mexico to get x-rays taken because it was cheaper.

    and alligatorsnapper: you have to give up the name of the wrestler!

  4. alligatorsnapper - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    The wrestler father of my childhood friend was Jerry Lawler,

    • bobwsc - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      wow – Brian Lawler (aka Grandmaster Sexay)? a co-worker of mine claims that Brian used to beat him up when they were young. small world. Jerry is a legend.