Watch out!! The Power’s hating on Miz’s #1 spot in PWI this week. Andy goes off on why the Miz should not have been given the number one spot plus Andy also talks about why John Cena is not the WWE Champion. The news of the week, your calls, and JJ(ALL CAPS) $exay calls in to chime in on the Miz too…it was a battle for the ages! All that and more this week on The Pro Wrestling Rewind exclusively on the SNS Radio Network located @ www.snsradionetwork.com.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Sports – Four months after his induction in the WWE Hall of Fame, Abdullah the Butcher (real name Larry Shreve) was served with a statement of claim on Monday July 24thfor a 6.5 million dollar lawsuit, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, involving negligence, assault, and battery against a local Ottawa wrestler, Devon (Hannibal) Nicholson. Designated co-plaintiffs under the Family Law Act are Laura Joan Nicholson, Arthur Gwyn Nicholson, Frederick Kerry Nicholson, and Joan Greenwell, claiming $40 000 respectively for general damages. The lawsuit stems after allegations surfaced on a YouTube documentary titled Don’t Bleed on Me, released on March 31st 2011, over an incident that happened between the wrestlers in 2007. Two years ago, Devon Nicholson was on the edge of achieving his dream of working for World Wrestling Entertainment. The talented wrestler obtained a contract, only to have it rescinded on the grounds of him having Hepatitis C. WWE annulled the contract regardless of its current “No Blood” policy and having employed Hepatitis C positive wrestlers in the past. In 2007, WWE released The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Wrestling featuring a bloody cage with Abdullah The Butcher. They also released a WWE Legends toy of Abdullah, harbouring the many forehead scars inflicted by years of “blading”. That same year, Nicholson claims to have contracted Hepatitis C from a cage match with Abdullah the Butcher. He claims Abdullah used a razor blade on himself repeatedly (the standard method for wrestlers to bleed during a match), but then used the same blade on Nicholson, without his consent or prior knowledge. By doing this, he put his blood directly into Nicholson’s blood stream allowing it to “co-mingle”. Much like two junkies that share a needle, this practice is a dangerous one, due to the risk of spreading disease. Abdullah the Butcher, who has been wrestling on the independent circuit for more than five decades, is best known for his ultra-violent style of wrestling, and consequently, the bloodbath matches incurred. Nicholson’s lawyer met with Shreve in September of 2010 at one of his Atlanta restaurants. At this meeting, Shreve agreed to provide blood work showing he tested negative for Hepatitis C. Weeks passed and Shreve did not provide the blood work. After numerous attempts to make contact with him by telephone and in writing, Shreve never responded to Nicholson’s attorney again. Additionally, the defendant still refuses to answer reporters’ questions as to whether he has ever been tested for Hepatitis C.
The YouTube documentary features footage of the unsanitary cutting incident, as well as extensive interviews with prominent figures in the professional wrestling world, including WWE legend Wayne Ferris, aka “The Honky Tonk Man” and former WWE champion and WWE Hall of Fame member “Superstar” Billy Graham. Both of these veterans speak about the reputation Larry Shreve has for harboring a “fetish for cutting people without their permission”. Undeterred by the video evidence against him, Shreve maintains throughout interviews that he has never bladed anyone but himself (Noticel, April 18 2011). The documentary has gained a lot of attention in the wrestling world. The most widely recognized wrestling star and pop culture icon, Hulk Hogan, tweeted several times on the subject, prior to the much-contested WWE Hall of Fame induction. His tweets included: “Don’t bleed on me – wrestling’s hepatitis c secret revealed. On You Tube, crazy, I just found it HH” followed by the question: “Wonder if Vince [McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO] is still gonna move forward with Abdullah? HH” a minute later. He also added, in response to a fan: “yo dude I had one [bloody fight with Abdullah] and he cut through my chin 20yrs ago without asking me HH”.
According to Tom Billington (Dynamite Kid) in an excerpt from his book Pure Dynamite, WWE (formerly WWF) put a “No Blood” policy in place in 1988, shortly after a series of bloody cage matches he had. He said the policy was put in place because “There was too much risk of contamination from all the blood. At the time, AIDS was making all the headlines so as a safety precaution, Vince [McMahon] decide