Lance Storm makes it official, he's finally given up on TNA Impact. I can't really say that I blame him, given Monday's show saw the “reformed” born again Christian, Vince Russo, desperately reach into his old shopworn bag of nonsesical sleazy tricks to try and turnaround TNA's rock bottom ratings. I do somewhat question the straw that broke the camel's back though - an unprotected chair shot to the head two days after Chris Kanyon committed suicide. Not that I disagree with Lance about their danger, as I've said before unprotected chair shots to the head are completely stupid and should be eliminated from wrestling completely. But if you take Lance's hardline attitude, then how can you in good conscience watch WWE programming any longer either?
I feel the need to remind Lance, who shamelessly praised WWE's flawed Wellness policy in his column, that in February 2003, WWE scripted Kanyon, who was not out at the time, in a very strange angle even by wrestling standards to dress up like Boy George, come out of a large crate and start singing “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” effeminately at The Undertaker, who proceeded to destroy him with several unprotected chair shots to the head. Even though we couldn't be so certain how dangerous unprotected chair shots were 7 years ago, that's way more callous than anything TNA did on Monday's Impact.
I'm also not sure that WWE deserves such a big pat on the back from Lance for banning unprotected chair shots to the head, when that decision had more to do with the health and wellbeing of Linda McMahon's foolhardy run for U.S. Senate than the health and wellbeing of their independent contractors that they still refuse to pay health insurance for. If WWE's ban wasn't just a carny scam, then they'd also ban wrestlers from being thrown head first into chain wiring and plexiglass, and taking reckless bumps off the tops of ladders. There's still the financial incentive to rush back from serious injuries, just ask Edge who was rewarded with a Royal Rumble victory for setting the rest of the locker room such a good example for his speedy return from surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon. Or work through such serious injuries, just ask Rey Mysterio who has avoided knee surgery for several months so he can bag another WrestleMania payday. Then again, I suppose I'd be such a gullible mark for WWE's Wellness policy too, if I had a wrestling school whose students crave to swag a WWE developmental contract.