Of all the issues in sports, concussions and what to do about them is one of the biggest. Now, we all know that pro wrestling isn't a sport but what these men and women are asked to do in the ring, put their bodies on the line, is very much real and very much detrimental to their long term health. Recently Chris Nowinski has been doing everything he can to bring awareness to the issue of concussions within the WWE and all contact sports. Many sports have long tried to sweep issues such as this under the rug. There is no worse offender than the WWE.
Nowinski's main claim is that the WWE under Linda McMahon is an "unsafe environment that promoted steroids and rewarded those that decided to use". This all came about after the death of Lance Cade and Nowinski demanding answers from the WWE. Bix has been all over this for Cageside and I encourage you to check it out.
The rebuttal by Linda McMahon to Nowinski's claims was one of the most ridiculous statements ever made. She said the WWE can no more be held accountable for deaths of performaners "than a studio could have prevented Heath Ledgers death. Who knows what causes people to have addictions and do what they do?"
I found a video that I wasn't actually searching for that made me think of this. I'll use it to answer Linda's question. Before watching, I want to tell you that this is a brutal chairshot delivered by current UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. It's difficult to watch.
It's been well documented what head trauma such as that can do to a person. Yes, Linda, what would cause someone to be addicted to drugs? It certainly wouldn't be something like this video, would it? They've since banned chairshots and have cited issues with concussions as the reason. At least they've made that step. Some fans have opposed this stance and I would hope that they would do some reading here and see why it should be gone and never come back. The continued stance the WWE has had on the death of former wrestlers is still disgusting and one day I hope to see much better regulation.