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The Written Wrestling Promo 5-12
May 12, 2013 - Zach Baker
For all the times one thinks about the times that wrestling was more entertaining, there are certain things that are better now.
The thought hit me recently when I was watching a match from a WWF PPV from 1998. In that match, I saw Ken Shamrock take a number of unprotected chair shots to the face and head.
I remember I watched the show live. It must not have been repulsive at the time, because I'd forgotten about it until I saw the match again 14 years later.
Wrestlers today (at least the ones that I have seen on TV and live) generally don't take chair shots to the head anymore.
That's a good thing.
It isn't needed. Hitting someone in the back with a chair may not feel great, but it's not as damaging as one to the head, and just as effective in making a point.
Still, I must admit I don't enjoy hardcore matches the way I used to. I don't enjoy ladder matches the way I used to, either.
Yes, the 2007 Chris Benoit tragedy has something to do with that. I'm uncertain you can completely blame concussions for Benoit murdering his wife and child. But I'm certain all the concussions he endured in his career didn't help his frame of mind.
Concussions need to be a showstopper. While WWE certainly has made strides in protecting its wrestlers, it was reported in The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, among other places, that Brock Lesnar was knocked out during his match with HHH at this year's WrestleMania.
And the match kept going.
In football, Lesnar would have been removed from the game and be kept on the sidelines for the rest of the game. But in wrestling, that "business first" mentality still exists.
It's understandable after decades of wrestlers being praised for getting up and going to the next town, hurt or not.
But it's also concerning.
It's better now.
But there's still a ways to go.