This is sooooo long overdue. Of course the gimic match of "No Holds Barred" with now have to read "No Holds Barred except for the intentional use of a folding metal chair to 'strike' an opponent in the head" match.
It's a good idea for the health of employees. So, bueno.
But it establishes further the softening of their product while TNA is showing blood on their new live show. If they win over the crucial 18-34 demo by trying to out-Attitude the new kid-friendly WWE, this seems like a bad idea. Announcing it is a good PR move, but they could have phased it out quietly.
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This really won't change much. They've already eliminated the practice back in January, it's just now become 'official'. It won't make TNA more competitive, and it won't really hurt WWE. It's a great move, and anybody who disputes that needs to watch Beyond the Mat again and count the number of shots Foley takes.
I am torn on this one; it is good because it increases the safety of the WWE superstars but at the same time, does this decrease the validity of TLC matches? Ladder matches are more dangerous in my opinion than steel chairs; people have learned to protect themselves with chair shots when they put their arms and hands up to protect. Ladders on the other hand have more spots and have higher risks. Overall, not really that surprised here as the WWE has taken more and more practices to ensure its PG rating.
Dusty Rhodes (and his ankle) will attest a steel chair is worse than a ladder, every day of the week. There are so many ways to use a chair, and while they are always using ladders in new ways, 90% of the time it's ramming somebody with it, or jumping off of it. Which I would think would be far safer than swinging a chair.
I'll miss the chair shot to the head. It got a little out of control there for awhile, but I still think it has it's place here and there. You would think they would have come up with a safer chair to use.
You can still have an effective beatdown without using steel chairs to the head. Look at the way Batista beat John Cena until he was nothing more than a quivering mass of jello a few weeks ago. Not a chairshot to the head to be found.
I wish WWE had gotten serious about preventing head injury back when Chris Benoit and his family was still alive. Looking back at his matches now, I cringe every time I see him perform a diving headbutt, given that his brain was essentially that of a 90-year-old Alzheimer's patient upon his death.
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Originally posted by CerebusDamnit! This means we'll never get to see something like this again...
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That's actually more like a "chair shot uppercut", where you take the brunt of the impact to the lower face/jaw rather than the forehead ... maybe that is a safer way to take a chair shot (although it probably still rattles your brain around your skull in an unnatural way).
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The article says that his sons Dustin & Cody (an OVW Superstar) will induct their dad. Though Flair would have been cool, I can't help but wonder if their saving him for a possible Ricky Steamboat or Arn Anderson induction.