​Rene Dupree Claims He Had A Similar Health Risk To The One CM Punk Had While In WWE, More


Count Rene Dupree among those who believe the medical details from
CM Punk’s interview on Colt Cabana’s The Art of Wrestling podcast. Dupree, a
former WWE tag team champion (and in fact the youngest person to win that
title), spoke with Slam Wrestling and said he had a similar medical situation
come up where a WWE doctor tried to save the company money over a serious health

Dupree, who you may remember from his tag teams with Sylvain
Grenier and Rob Conway, told the site that in the fall of 2004 he was suffering
from a hematoma in his right temple. He was given the night off of the Smackdown
taping and went to fly to Cincinnati, when the hematoma burst. Check out the

On being given the SmackDown taping off: “They
were going to put me in the ring, but then Michael Hayes came around and said,
‘Hey man, can you actually work?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ I wasn’t going to go
in the ring, regardless. I had this massive thing on my head. I went in and
talked to Stephanie [McMahon], and Stephanie said, ‘No, take the night

On the hematoma bursting: “The pressure in the
cabin changes when you touch down, and the f—ing thing just exploded in the
lavatory. It looked like I got shot in the head there was so much blood. I was
wearing a white Gold’s Gym t-shirt and it was covered in blood…To [Triple H’s] credit, he stayed with me the whole time, made sure that I was okay and got off
the plane. But when the paramedics and EMTs and said, ‘Listen, you’ve got to go
to the hospital now, because … you could die.’ Chris Candido had died a few
months earlier from a blood clot in his leg — I had one in my f—ing temple. But
I could see the trainer, when the EMTs were talking, our trainer was looking at
me, shaking his head ‘no’ because it would have cost the company too much money.
Basically, that’s what I got [from the trainer].”

On the whole incident: “The way I look at it, I
risked my life to save the company a few extra bucks…One time, Johnny Stamboli,
he got berated in front of the locker room because he was icing his shoulder —
and that’s when I thought, ‘Holy f—.’ That’s one thing my dad always told me
too, ‘If you’re hurt, don’t let any of the office see it.’ And that’s coming
from a guy from the ’50s. That’s a long tradition in wrestling; if you’re hurt,
don’t let the office see it because then they’ll think, ‘Aw, this guy’s not
strong enough, he’s not tough enough to hack it.’”

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