Originally posted by Tribal ProphetThe problem is that Vince basically holds a monopoly over professional wrestling in the US. He is not in a position to be saying "oh no, I have to follow what everyone else expects". Instead, he is actually in the position to change those views society has been trained to think of as popular.
What, in the history of Vince McMahon would make you think he feels this kind of civic responsibility? He has never been about reinventing the wheel, despite his reputation. And God forbid anyone should stick up for men here, but if I were to point a finger at WWE for promoting an unhealthy body image it sure wouldn't pertain to women. I must have missed the truckload of dead female wrestling performers who picked up roid, coke, and pill habits tryin' to survive the killer kalendar.
(edited by Hogan's My Dad on 25.8.10 2038) Quiet, Or Papa Spank!
You don't think the female performers have used roids/HGH in order to keep their physiques (not so much to bulk up but to keep the fat off)? We know Michelle McCool developed a severe eating disorder that required hospitalization. The company ran angles and/or made comments that made fun of "fat" (the company's view, not mine) women like Mickie James & Molly.
Besides, it's a little unfair to compare the women to the men, as it is only recently that the company has fielded a sizable competitive women's division that wrestles every week.
Furthermore, why does it have to be an either/or? Unhealthy body images have been / continue to be promoted for both sexes.
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffYou don't think the female performers have used roids/HGH in order to keep their physiques (not so much to bulk up but to keep the fat off)?
I don't recall specifically what the product was but I've seen mention (maybe by a former diva?) of specific diet products that are abused by the divas and are *not* listed by the wellness policy at all. It wasn't anything related to steroids, however.
I must have missed the truckload of dead female wrestling performers who picked up roid, coke, and pill habits tryin' to survive the killer kalendar.
Welp. Elizabeth and Sherri are both dead, so that's, uh, 100% of their late '80s roster. And I guess Sapphire is dead too.
Chyna and Sunny - serious drug problems
This is not a terrific ratio considering the fraction of women employed in wrestling compared to men. Obviously men do a hell of a lot more damage to their bodies in the ring, and there's more pressure to work through injuries. Although for women, taking your regular bumps on a consistent touring schedule on a skinny frame doesn't feel great, I'm sure.
Everyone from the 2000s is still too young to see the long-term health effects, especially when I think they're the first generation where steroids for a toned female figure became en vogue (do cutting/fat-burn steroids enlarge the heart? beats me). Ashley Massaro did have some kind of cryptic drug problems.
I would have a hard time seeing Michaels end his career on a down note. The first time he retired, not only was the injury more serious, but it came in what was, at the time, probably one of the biggest matches in company history.