Dave Meltzer's obituary of Lance Cade in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has led Irv Muchnick to suggest that Lance Cade may have suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy after being scripted to take a beating with a chair as punishment for a breach of backstage WWE etiquette:
But as Meltzer’s story shows, the circumstantial evidence shows that Cade (real name Lance McNaught), addict or not, was certainly a prima facie candidate for the brain trauma disease now being called Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy.
The Meltzer piece can be viewed (subscribers only) at http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/17184/. It tells of how Cade, who had been trained and pushed by WWE great Shawn Michaels, "was beaten down with one brutal chair shot after another and … left for dead, in what looked like and it turns out was punishment," in a "no disqualification match" with Michaells on the October 6, 2008, edition of Raw.
The "punishment" was for having violated rookie etiquette in not having shown enough gratitude to Michaels, who had gifted Cade with a "clean pinfall" win over him in a prior match.
Not so incidentally, this took place nearly a year after Vince McMahon told CNN, in a fall 2007 documentary, that WWE was banning chair shots to the head. In fact, cranial chair shots continued all the way to January 2010 – by which time Linda’s Senate campaign was well under way.
I wonder where Chrisitianity teaches people that the scene described above squares with the principles of Jesus.