I know someone who has wrestled on smaller circuits and he has told me he was addicted to pain killers and stuff. Its the nature of the business.
I am surprised the industry hasn't taken more heat than it has.
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I have the rest of these sitting around somewhere. I will find them dammit.
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Yeah, I remember one night after a TLC match both the Hardys came back stage and actually just collapsed on the other side of the curtain. Had to get a few of the other guys to carry them to the dressing area.
A lot of the basic stuff isn't very painful. Over time it will wear you out, but not like the extreme stuff. Its a lot like football. But then you get into the extreme stuff and it takes a toll very quickly.
Since I had some stage fighting training, one day I was hanging out by the ring and the wrestlers offered to show me a few moves. It was mostly basic stuff, and I was pretty sore the next day, but it wasn't too rough. Now transposing that over a full year it would wear on you, but nothing compared to the extreme elements.
Yeah cal, I was speaking in generalities so I didn't want to go too far, but yeah, most of the guys took painkillers and muscle relaxers by the bottle full.
I feel really bad for Kurt. If you see him at the beginning of his career and now, it is just sad. I wonder if one day he is going to push it too far and lose the use of his arms completely. Even today if he goes too much he gets numbness all over his arms and upper back.
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I used to do both judo and catch wrestling when I was in grad school (just a bunch of us idjits rolling around on the mat; we weren't going to go join Pancrase or RINGS), so I had a bit of a working knowledge of how lots of the submissions worked, so I tried to convey that in my commentary.
I remembger a TLC match where Joey Mercury was doing a teeter-totter spot with one of the Hardys. The ladder came up so quickly that it caught Mercury on the nose and pulverized it. He was out for month.
When Scott Bigelow worked in ECW, he used to have this gimmick where he wrestled the little guys like Paul Lauria, Guido Maritato, and Spike Dudley. He had a spot where he pressed the smaller man over his head, and do a running fling into the fans, who would catch the wrestler and pass him around. Shane Douglas told me that the Fire Marshall in New York City had the crew move the barricade back an extra foot from ringside to allow the EMT's to come in they were needed. That extra foot made a big difference, because when Bigelow threw Maritato, he didn't clear the barricade and ate the top of it. It knocked him silly.
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Yea I just watched the video of the Hardys smashing Mercurys nose. He was gushing blood so bad it was disgusting. His reaction was definitely different than a normal reaction to blood. Keep the stories coming.