While WWE has been a great wrestling company for over 50 years now, they are not immune to business issues. They have changed many things in their company’s policy that needed to be addressed and made much better. Other times, they didn't address things until it was too late.
I for one study Public Health, so I am all for WWE putting emphasis on wrestler safety which they tend to want to do more of. But sometimes it can go too far. The same issues have happened in the NFL where you have to watch the kids in college play to actually watch a football game worth a damn. Btw, Roll Tide.
The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it his entire focus to make the game safer. Now, I am fine with the idea of that. It allows players to play without the issue of long term complications. This is a great thing in my opinion.
Goodell made it a major focus to protect the head, but that has transcended from head protection to full body protection. Ed Reed can’t play his Safety position the way he used to, because he may “hit too hard”.
Long are the days of players getting knocked the hell out in the middle of the field because the wide-out went into a brick wall known as a hard-hitting safety. If you hit too hard, you risk suspensions, fines, and penalties that can cost your team the game.
Things like walking on a guy’s head after a play is over is unneeded, but hitting too hard in the chest? Things like that are supposed to welcome, but Goodell has changed too much. So much so, many defenders have issues on what to do during the game.
This has now come over to WWE. WWE has enjoyed making sure drugs stay out of the company. And I for one love this as well. They have also cracked down on head safety which is both good and bad.
They are wanting for hits to the head to be very low risk if there are any at all. We know more about the brain now than we did even 5 years ago.
Even the last year alone there have been breakthroughs with TBIs.
The problem that WWE has with this is that they don’t know when it’s too much, just like the NFL. Eventually it’ll be Saturday Morning Slam on RAW where nothing head hit related can be there. Not even a DDT, sorry Jake Roberts.
Sometimes good is well, too good. WWE used to focus on head hits constantly, and blood was a main focus for talent to have in killer matches like Steel Cage matches, Street Fights, and others. Kendo Sticks, Steel Chairs, and so much more used to target the head in these matches. And it made matches make sense.
Why would you not have blood in a hard fought, hardcore battle?
Without it, did it look real enough? I mean, have you ever had a fight with someone that went a while and not come out with at least a bruise or cut of some kind? With MMA being as popular as it is today, realism is more needed than ever. High Definition cameras also make things hard to fake.
Movies have stunts or language that fits for the character or story. Why did “The Departed” have The F Word in every other sentence? Because what type of mob didn't curse like this? It was realism that you’d expect in the real world environment of this type of gang. You don’t expect them to be bible thumping people asking if you’d like some sweet tea with your hamburger. But that is basically what WWE gives us.
They used to stop matches at one point to clean blood up when a person got cut. Which was idiotic. It slows down the product and kills the realism. MMA fights do not stop because someone bleeds, and people want entertainment, not a youth soccer game where mommy stops the game to put sunscreen on your fair skin.
WWE finally stopped this end of things, most likely because of outrage from the boys in the back. Now if there is a major gash of Joey Mercury proportions, by all means stop the match to help the poor guy.
However, if it’s like one with CM Punk and Rey Mysterio where Punk gets a small cut that happens to free bleed a bit like many cuts tend to do right off, that’s too far in my opinion.
Now WWE has had a habit of stepping into a match similar to before, where the ring doc is getting his money’s worth out of the shoes he bought. As he seems to be involved in a lot more matches than ever before.
While Wrestler safety is okay, I’m all for a guy like Daniel Bryan finishing the match on his own and simply calling for the end earlier like what wrestlers get taught to do in school, than for it to end due to a doc getting involved.
Usually, if a guy is hurt, he tells his opponent and they go home early.
Why this formula which has worked for decades cannot work now is beyond me. Now some will say, well wrestlers need to be protected from themselves. But, these guys get paid to do what they do. They are the best in the world at what they do.
Why on God’s green earth a doc needs to get involved because of a back issue that Bryan had makes no sense to me. Especially when it’s obvious wrestlers hit their backs an awful lot. We don’t talk about the spine having issues though, do we WWE?
The Spine when messed up causes full or partial paralysis, numbness, pain, and even organ failure in some cases. Yet they hit that all the time.
The reason it’s not worried about is because it’s a given that the back is protected a good deal. But the spine is not nearly as protected from issues as the brain is. Where it the skull like bone protecting the spine?
The spine holds up a bit better and can take more damage than the brain of course. But let’s be honest, neither are good to take damage to long term.
Now, while I get that Bryan was hurt and my own... (Continues on next page)