Do You Think the Destruction of WWE Wrestling Is Understated?
May 24, 2010 1:50am CST
A research study recently state that Pro-Wrestlers were 20 times more likely to die before age 45 when compared to NFL Players. Many wrestlers also happen to be on the road performing matches around 300 days a year with no off-season. To add to this wrestlers deal with chair shoots to the head which are real along with other dangerous weapon stunts. All this along with being encouraged by the higher-ups to increase the intensity and the length of wrestling matches in hopes for a big break at more fame and fortune increases chances of injury. If you think this discussion is a joke just google all the wrestlers who have died people before the age of 45.
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24 May 10
It has been a very big problem in wrestling for at least the past decade or so, around the time of the Monday Night Wars. Its been really noticeable in the past. The chair shots to the head are idiotic but people still do them. When the study came out on Chris Benoit's brain, I thought that they would tone it down but that is just too much to hope for. In WWE, its being toned down lately, but the problem in WWE is not the only company in the world. TNA has a real problem with the unprotected chairshots to the head and the independent scene are worse in many ways. Inexperienced people drilling each other in the head with chairs, without the control of a seasoned veteran, that could be bad. Wrestling also has no union and no protection for the workers. If you don't want to do something, you're get fired or punished by getting shoved down the card. Its just as simple as that. So wrestlers will take bigger chances, not so much in WWE as of late in the PG era but in other companies more so. Plus people taking chances to get noticed as well, because unless you're proven or you're the workout buddy of someone in a position of power, it might be a while before you get up the card. Still a far bigger problem is the prescription painkillers. This isn't just for wrestling but in general. If you have some kind of pain, all you have to do in most cases is tell your doctor and he'll write you up a prescription. Not with all doctors, but more often that not this happens. That is terrifying and that's a loophole in the WWE Wellness Policy as well that many have exploited for their benefits. Of course, the huge problem is that no one really cares enough about wrestling who might be able to do something about it. Its a curiosity at best and has this stigma as some sort of sideshow attraction at worst, by people who are unwilling to really research it by the general public. As a wrestling fan of many years, it is depressing to see so many wrestlers that I have watched die at such a young age. Still, there should be something done. I thought that they should have cycles where they have certain wrestlers on the road for a few months and then give them time off, before bringing in another group. It will give people time off while also keeping things fresh as well but I doubt that is going to happen. More wrestlers will continue to die young and people will talk about how lessons should be learned from this but it never does. Sad but true.