Originally posted by PapadocThink you guys are taking it a bit out of context. For nascar fans; look at the increased safety methods since 2001. They had 3 drivers killed on the track in the previous year; then the sports biggest star (Dale Earnhardt) gets killed in the biggest race (Daytona 500) and they can no longer ignore the need for a better protection system. And how many have been killed since then?
I think he was just saying that if wrestlers keep working loopholes like this, there needs to be a major disaster to make any major changes in the future.
Well anyone in 2000 who said they hoped Dale Earnhardt would die in a crash at the Daytona 500 the following year would have merited the same kind of response.
People are aware of the problem now - why should it take yet another major death for it to be addressed? And that's even if you grant the assumption at the center of InVerse's statement: that WWE lets guys start over from scratch on wellness violations if they sign a new contract. Someone would have to provide some evidence before I personally would be willing to believe that to be true.
WWE *did* show Kurt Angle the door. I believe - though I'm not sure - that the company has told Jeff Hardy to leave and get cleaned up in the past. I have the same obvious doubts regarding WWE's sincerity that I think most people would, but regardless of the company's motive I think some positive actions have already been taken. I certainly hope it doesn't take another death - a death on live TV no less - to force the additional actions that might need to be taken.
For best "wrestler" I'd probably lean towards Angle or Benoit, with Angle getting a slight edge for his mic work. As for as best, "Sports Entertainer", I'm gonna go way back and choose Nick Bockwinkel from the old AWA.