Friday, March 12, 2010

Full Story on WWE, Bret Hart, and Lloyd's of London

Keith Harris posted a comment on our item yesterday, “Did Bret Hart Get Lloyd’s of London Insurance for WrestleMania?”

At Cageside Seats, the blog he writes along with David Bixenspan, Harris gives the complete background in a post headlined “Lloyd’s of London causes WWE headaches over Bret Hart coming out of retirement.” See

Harris explains that this is actually an old insurance policy of Hart’s. In fact, he had to sue Lloyd’s to collect on a claim for his career-ending concussion, which led to his stroke and disability. (Hart was awarded $800,000 in damages in 2005.)

And here, against all odds, is Hart back with WWE and headlining WrestleMania. Wrestling, Harris observes ruefully, “is a strange business where even a badly concussed, stroke sufferer who was screwed over by the biggest wrestling promoter in the world can’t be guaranteed to stay retired.”

I still want to see who plays the Lloyd’s claims adjuster in the TV commercial.

Irv Muchnick

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