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Update on former WWE talent Rico Costantino



LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY — A Taxicab Authority law enforcement officer who was fired after a video surfaced of him engaged in a wrestling match while he was on light duty for a non-work related injury has won his job back.

Hearing Officer Paul Lamboley ordered the Taxicab Authority to reinstate Americo “Rico” Costantino with full back pay and benefits minus any income earned during his period of termination.

The authority regulates the taxicab industry in Clark County.

Costantino suffered a serious knee injury while playing beach volleyball and had to go on light duty starting in August 2012.

Costantino, who is also well known in the wrestling world during his time with World Wrestling Entertainment from 2001 to 2004, continued to work light duty in November when he appeared in a Future Stars of Wrestling promotion in Las Vegas.

In the tag-team match, the Taxicab Authority said Costantino “was engaged in very physical wrestling moves and activities beyond the scope of the physical limitations proffered in the Ability to Work forms.

“Costantino was repeatedly dishonest by asserting to his employer that he was physically unable to perform his law enforcement duties at the same time he was engaging in wrestling for personal gain,” the authority said.

Costantino said the match was choreographed and that he was using wrestling as a way to recover from his knee injury. He also said he was not compensated for participating in the event.

Costantino said he never hid the fact that he was participating in the match.

The Taxicab Authority fired Costantino in April, which was appealed.

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3 Responses

  1. Y_Set says:

    So Rico claimed that he was too injured to work on his full time job, but when it’s wrestling suddenly he’s okay ?

  2. Matt says:

    Y-Set did you read that at all?

    He clearly said he was recovering and used a coreographed match as a thearapy he did for free. Is it “personal gain” when he only did it to get him well.

    Clearly the court agreed with him in that he wasn’t moonlighting or lying.

    He was apparently working light and didn’t do much in a tag team match he did for free, it’s pretty clear here to assume the writing on the wall he was telling the truth. The match was more than likely coreographed to make sure he wouldn’t stress himself but help as way to get him back into position to do his regular job at full time, there was no monetary gain, nothing secretive on his part, hence why the company has to give him his job back for their mistake and not his.

  3. Scott II says:

    If he wasn’t so open about it, I could get canning him.

    But it sound like it was something that was ok’ed, someone decided to whine about it, and it went downhill from there.

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