Originally posted by Eddie FamousPeople. You are posting about a physical exhibition that "allows" a 60 year old man to go into a cage, get the piss beaten out of him, and "beat" a thirty-something year old man. This isn't pedophile priests, mentally-handicapped jailbird football players...
This is an athletic person who could very very easily be protected thru the limited matches he will be involved in in TNA.
Oh my God oh my God oh my God I can't believe I'm actually getting involved in this big, horrendous mess, but I really must say I believe the point here is that Kurt doesn't want to be protected in limited matches, and that's pretty much why he got canned. TNA has to know that, don't they?
Even if TNA tells him okay 'take it easy out there', is he really going to once he gets out there. Sure, some wrestlers might go light on him, but he surely won't go light on himself. He surely isn't going to half ass running into a ring post or not bounce around the ring like he always does. One he's not going to want to look soft and two he's Kurt freaking Angle.
I promised myself I'd stop raving about this, but I urge anyone who is scoffing off Kurt Angle's issues to watch the Brian Pillman DVD.
When great athletes who love wrestling break down, many of them can't just walk away. They medicate, and they medicate and they medicate until they drop. When you hear Ross and Austin and the WWE braintrust talk about how bad Pillman was hurting and how he hid it and you can see that 9 years later they're still asking themselves if they could have done anything to stop it, and then you think that many of the same people making the decisions decided about 3 weeks to release Kurt Angle for his abuse of painkillers, to just shrug this off and say "Kurt's a big boy" is callous and embodies the worst stereotype of being a wrestling fan.
Personally, I don't laud guys for wrestling through injuries. I respect them for it, but I'll be the first to say it's stupid. As I said in the ECW thread, I don't need to see guys with surgically repaired necks getting thrown the tables.
As a fan, we shouldn't ask or demand an athlete kill himself for us. It's like when fans used to chant "you sold out" just because a wrestler decided to take guaranteed money to feed his family. I dunno, hell. Go read some of Foley's anti-hardcore promos. He hit the nail on that type of thinking perfectly Kurt Angle may want to kill himself or end up in a wheelchair, but I will ge GODDAMNED if I'm going to chant "This is awesome" while he does it.
If any of you can, you're made of sterner stuff than me.
So on Smackdown they tease announcer Tazz in the ring only to be replaced by Undertaker, on RAW they tease announcer Ross in the ring only to be replaced by Orton....and all that goes through my head is "why is Jim Ross wearing a tuxedo shirt?