WWE To Honor Wrestling’s Pioneers
WWE are reportedly going to begin honoring the pioneers of professional wrestling in a new “Legacy” wing at the Hall of Fame. While the criteria isn’t clear, it seems that wrestlers who are long dead and have no traceable family members to induct them in the regular fashion will be inducted under the new classification.
A hint of this is seen in this year’s official Hall of Fame shirt that features Ed “The Strangler” Lewis, Lou Thesz, Frank Gotch, George Hackenschmidt, Mildred Burke, Pat O’Connor and “Sailor” Art Thomas.
Ric Flair Busts Himself Open For ESPN
Ric Flair has been sporting a scab on his forehead in recent appearances. This is because he bladed himself for the upcoming ESPN “30 For 30” special, to explain how it is done.
Flair of course was one of the regular bladers during his career, creating a great visual with the contrast between the red and his light coloured hair.
In a recent episode of his podcast he said he misses the art, but understands why it cannot be condoned in a modern corporate world:
The person that I bled the most with would either be Wahoo McDaniel or Dusty Rhodes. I’d have to say Dusty, probably. We both had no problem doing that. And, it’s not that it’s a lost art. I think it’s just a health precaution and, obviously, it’s safer for the guys not to be doing it. For an old timer like me, I miss it. But I think there are occasions for it, but, obviously, there are health reasons and the safety issues the company has become much more aware of, the concussions, the blood, and stuff like that. I think it was a necessity, but do I miss it? Yes. I can’t critique [or] be critical of the company trying to make it better for the guys, safer.
In recent years wrestler seem to have either deliberately busted themselves “hardway” so they could deny they bladed and avoid a fine, or as seen with Roman Reigsn on RAW, used fake blood capsules.
Shane McMahon On ESPN
Shane McMahon was the latest guest on ESPN SportCenter’s WWE segment:
Vince McMahon Hypes Attendance Record
Old Record: 93,173 at Pontiac Silverdome.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) March 30, 2016
Ambrose On Preventing Injury
In a recent interview with FOX Sports Dean Ambrose discussed trying to prevent injury but still inevitably working hurt:
A lot of that just taking care of yourself and training properly. I keep myself flexible, I just compete at my normal body weight. I’m trying to carry around an extra 30 pounds, a lot of injury-prone musculature. I keep my body in its most prime, healthy state and also I’ve just been lucky.
On the other hand, I’m also constantly hurt. I’ve been hurt for 10 years. It’s not like I’m not constantly dealing with a litany of injuries that I have myself. If it’s not one thing, it’s another thing but I’ve just been able to keep rolling. I’ve not had anything catastrophic happen to me. It’s a funny thing because it’s always like the crazy freak things. It’s not like ‘Oh he got hurt when he jumped off the top of the cage.’ It’s like ‘He got hurt stepping into the ring’ or ‘popped his shoulder out giving a high five’. It’s the little things you can’t plan for. It’s not anything that ever enters my mind.