essential part to the recovery.
Again, Whitmer is very lucky. But as you have just been informed, there is so much that the neck does. It’s as important as the head itself. In fact, it’s one of the first places messages to the brain go in and out.
Whitmer’s story could have been a story of what would have been. A young man with a lot of room ahead of him to improve and make something of himself in the industry goes down to a neck problem? That’s tough to see.
It’s sad that a move may be banned, but there are reasons for it.
The issue comes down to safety. I have been one of the several people who have come out saying that safety is good, but you only want to go so far with it. So trust me when I say I do not want people to wrestle with kid gloves.
The issue I have is that when it comes to the head, we’re all over making sure it’s safe. Yet we allow the neck to be in areas to where it can be exposed to unimaginable pain. This causes issues for the entire body just like a hit to the head could.
And the scary part is that it does not even matter about impact at times, but how you land that makes all the difference. So because of this, if the piledriver is allowed, it will have to be done by people who have been able to perfect it. I trust Jerry Lawler with it, I trust The Undertaker with it. But do I trust Mike Bennett, a guy who’s good but still learning? No.
So I think that needs to be put out there if we allow it to be done.
Considered to be one of the most dangerous moves ever allowed into the wrestling scene, the piledriver has it’s time and place to be used. But should it have been used as it was last night? Hell no. It was done in a bad area of the ring to begin with, which was irresponsible of both men.
Bennett obviously did not know how to do the move properly. He at least did not know how to land it in the part of the ring he was in. The landing was not executed well by Whitmer either. So this should have never been put in the match.
If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be talking about Whitmer’s miraculous luck today.
Again, as stated above, so much can go wrong with one slip-up. Just one wrong move to the neck can cause problems that can never been recovered from. Just ask Kurt Angle, ask Steve Austin, ask Edge. All will tell you that neck issues are no joke. Austin will even vouch for the piledrivers killer instinct.
So again, is the piledriver even needed in the wrestling world anymore? I am all for safety. But we almost saw a young man lose his entire life over it. Thank God he’s going to be okay. But, was it worth it? The answer will continuously be a flat out, no.
But what do you think? Was the piledriver spot a good idea? Should the piledriver be banned, period? Let me know your thoughts below.
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