WWE Hall of Fame superstar Abdullah the Butcher just lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit. According to CBC News in Ottawa, Abdullah, whose real name is Larry Shreeve, lost a judgment that says he has to pay Canadian wrestler Devon Nicholson $2.3 million. The ruling came based on the fact that Abdullah allegedly cut Nicholson with a blade in a 2007 match and passed on hepatitis C to the wrestler.
In the court case, Nicholson, who wrestles under the moniker of Hannibal, originally filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher. In the suit, Nicholson claimed that he had a three-year contract offered to him with the WWE. However, when they found that he had hepatitis C, the WWE cancelled his contract.
According to Nicholson, he was wrestling in a match with Abdullah the Butcher in 2007 when Abdullah pulled out a razor blade he had taped to his finger. Abdullah then proceeded to cut open Nicholson in the match, a wrestling practice that is known as blading. Wrestlers like “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Carlos Colon are among the more famous names that have bladed over their career.
However, in recent years blading has been discouraged. As a matter of fact, the WWE will pass down severe fines to anyone caught blading. The main reason for this is the transmission of diseases, with hepatitis C one of the feared results. Abdullah the Butcher has made his entire career by using blades and wrestling a hardcore style that is frowned upon in today’s wrestling world.
Abdullah the Butcher has always claimed that he does not have hepatitis C, but the loss in the lawsuit against Nicholson makes those claims questionable. The judge in the case ruled that Devon Nicholson did contract hepatitis C from Abdullah the Butcher. Abdullah has 30 days to file an appeal.