JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A former professional wrestler is suing his opponent and the Indiana-based promoter who arranged their bout last year, claiming his foe was supposed to lose their match but had other ideas and kicked him so hard in the crotch that one of his testicles ruptured and had to be removed.
John Levi Miller, 23, contends in his lawsuit filed Monday that Clinton Woosley was the "heel," a term used to describe the designated villain or loser, of their match last June, The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported (http://cjky.it/yneWBD). He 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.
"The kid never complained about nothing," Cosby said.
Miller's lawsuit, which was filed in Clark Circuit Court in Jeffersonville, accuses Coliseum and Cosby of negligence and breaching their duty to ensure that Woosley was adequately trained and understood the "moves" intended to entertain the crowd and still deliver the match's predetermined outcome. It seeks a jury trial, legal fees and unspecified compensation for medical expenses related to the surgery and other complications.