Anderson believes that he has probably had three major concussions during his wrestling career including the one he is currently recovering from. But he also admits that he has other mild concussions including one earlier this year and even continued working with it. He tried to do the same with this one but that was a mistake.
"I took a week off and I got back in the wrestling ring and I was having a match with AJ Styles and I forgot everything that we had talked about in the locker room. It was one of the scariest things. I literally couldn't remember anything and I couldn't think. I'm usually pretty good on my feet and I couldn't think of anything to do. It was kind of a scary situation and I went back to the locker room and I told (agent) D'Lo (Brown) about it and he said 'you're going home tomorrow.' "
In the past, wrestlers would be expected to act like unbeatable tough guys and work through an injury like this. Suck it up and continue on with the show. But that was then. Anderson says that no one in TNA made him feel weak for taking time off for a head injury. In fact, TNA has taken the measure to ban chair shots to the head, realizing the dangers involved in that.
"Times are changing in the wrestling business and people are realizing that you can't wrestle 300 days a year and be healthy and you can't get regular concussions or take chair shots to the head and things like that and be OK long term."
— Former WWE apologist Mr. Anderson has clearly forgotten how that turned out for him, as he's fast becoming TNA's top apologist, as he can't shut up about how well TNA handled his latest serious concussion. Let's just ignore the obvious contradiction of him admitting that he regularly worked through mild concussions in the past and tried to do the same with this more serious concussion. We should still conclude that TNA are great employers because they are reactive enough to take him off the road after a "kind of a scary situation" where he "literally couldn't remember anything and couldn't think", even though this scary situation was easily preventable if they were proactive enough to take him off the road for a more extended period after he suffered his first concussion.