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 Posted: Wed Jun 4th, 2014 06:12 am
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http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/pro-wrestler-awarded-2-3-million-after-contracting-hepatitis-c-in-match-060314

The surreal world of professional wrestling turned real for Devon Nicholson, whose ring moniker was Hannibal, when he contracted Hepatitis C after a match. On Tuesday, a judge ruled Nicholson should receive $2.3 million in damages and fees from Abdullah the Butcher, his opponent in the 2007 match in Cochrane, Alberta.
Nicholson claimed he had contracted the disease, which attacks the liver, after the match with Abdullah, real name Lawrence Robert Shreve.

The wrestler from Ottawa claimed that Abdullah the Butcher had '€œbladed' during the match. This is when a wrestler tapes a small razor blade to their finger and cuts themselves.
In 2009, Nicholson signed and then lost a three-year contract with WWE, when the Connecticut-based company discovered he had Hepatitis C.
"Mr. Shreve himself has been saying all along that I'm a liar, that he doesn't have Hepatitis C, he didn't cut me, and I believe the judge made it very clear that, yes, he did cut me ... and yes, he does have a history of Hepatitis C," Nicholson said.
Shreve has 30 days to appeal.
In January 2014, Nicholson said an experimental treatment cured him of Hepatitis C. He hopes to get a chance to become a member of the WWE roster once again.

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Abby's going to have to sell a lot of chicken and ribs at his restaurant to pay this one off...

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I think I saw Nicholson's story on PBS about 4 weeks ago.
Abdullah denied it but they showed the part of the match where he cut Nicholson with his blade.



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What are those damages based on?  Lost income for his supposed career with WWE?  Seems ridiculously high.  Hep C is usually fairly asymptomatic, so unless he's actually racked up huge doctor's bills, which seems unlikely, I don't know how they arrived at that figure.



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Didn't Superstar Billy Graham accuse Abby of the same thing a few years back?
(cut during match, hep c)

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Graham accuses everyone of everything. The guy simply waits for the next scandal to break and then broadcasts everything that he "knows" on whichever side is popular, or will provide him with money.



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Nicholson was not a good wrestler. I'd love to see some actual proof that WWE was going to offer him a contract.



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I would hope that some was offered with a settlement that large being awarded.

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I understand this went by default, so the plaintiff had his "eveidence" as to damages accepted without rebuttal.



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thunderbolt wrote: I understand this went by default, so the plaintiff had his "eveidence" as to damages accepted without rebuttal.
Why would something like that happen?  Did Abby basically not hire a lawyer to fight it?



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srossi wrote: thunderbolt wrote: I understand this went by default, so the plaintiff had his "eveidence" as to damages accepted without rebuttal.
Why would something like that happen?  Did Abby basically not hire a lawyer to fight it?
From what I've read, he didn't hire a lawyer and didn't go to court.  He basically ignored it.  
I think Abby is a US citizen and I'm not sure if a civil judgment in Canada can or would be enforced in the US?
If there was some way to enforce the judgment in the US, I'd think that it would be expensive to do.  Also, I wonder just how much he'd be able to collect - who knows what Abby's net worth is?

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According to the great and powerful Wikipedia, er, not sure:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enforcement_of_foreign_judgments#Enforcement_of_foreign_arbitration_awards_in_the_U.S.

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