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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 06:57 AM
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Recent death of ex-wrestler could impact McMahon's run
Edited on Sun Aug-15-10 06:59 AM by babylonsister
That's a lot of dead people, mostly young, from a supposedly safe 'sport'.


Death of ex-wrestler could impact McMahon's run
By Sean J. Miller - 08/14/10 12:15 PM ET


Former WWE wrestler Lance Cade was found dead in his father's home in San Antonio Thursday. Cade, who's real name is Lance McNaught, was 29 and "passed away of apparent heart failure," according to a statement on the WWE website.

Cabe's "death could affect" former WWE CEO Linda McMahon's (R) run for Senate in Connecticut, J.B. Porsche, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, tweeted Saturday.

McMahon, who clinched the GOP Senate nod last Tuesday, has been dogged by questions about how the WWE treats its wrestlers. Five performers have died while under contract with the company and several more, including McNaught, died shortly after they left the WWE's employ.


McMahon was pressed about the problems in the wrestling business during a recent interview with ABC News, but she quickly directed the conversation back to politics.

more...

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/114295...
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:08 AM
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1. Linda Will Lay the Smackdown on Blumie!
Edited on Sun Aug-15-10 07:10 AM by Anakin Skywalker
In their upcoming debate, will Linda walk over to Blumenthal's podium and kick him in the balls like she did to good ol' J.R. in the ring? And will he rebut by bodyslamming and piledriving her on a table?

These are the pressing questions voters want to know! :)
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:38 AM
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2. Dead Wrestlers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lahqLWssVf4&feature=rela...

Chris Benoit and Owen Hart's death's are particularly tragic. Benoit was a murder suicide and Hart was from a fall suspended from a cable during a match.

A hell of a lot of heart attacks, drug overdoses, asleep at the wheels, etc. Appears to be a lot of occupational hazards to Pro Wrestling. A lot more than I realized.

I wonder what Jesse Ventura has to say about Linda's run?

-90% Jimmy
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:44 AM
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3. Yup, boxers and UFC fighters don't drop dead liek this
Even juicehead cyclists and track athletes don't, so what the hell are tehy doing to the WWE guys?
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:46 AM
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4. I am thinking a lot of steroids and hormone abuse, along with speed.
That and the physical beating and the stress of the constant travel and living on the road...
and for most, the money is not that good and the "career" is short, with no benefits after the glamor is gone.

Even pro football players have serious health problems in their later years, and they have a players association and decent contracts.

Wrestlers have none of that - all the really big money goes to the promoters, and alot
of this situation is due to the McMahon family.


mark
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 07:59 AM
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5. the McMahon family
They seem quite typical for American Corporations. They think they're the only ones that should be making any money and have found ways to transfer the wealth of their workers toward their managers and executives. It appears their talent is treated like expendable chattel pretty much like the rest of us trying to eke out a living in modern American working life.


-90% jimmy
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FirstTimeVoterAt37 Donating Member (380 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 08:09 AM
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6. Not to mention their monopoly...
Edited on Sun Aug-15-10 08:10 AM by FirstTimeVoterAt37
Where for years the McMahons have publicly gloated about buying and shutting down a LOT competitors' companies. That's how they went global in the first place, and the hostile takeover/close the doors policy has never wavered once. They're very proud of their record of destructive business practices, and I personally don't see how she would govern in any less a despicable manner considering she and other members of her family have bragged about it.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 09:16 AM
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8. Right Jimmy - when a wrestler's popularity numbers decline, they disappear
with whatever they have been able to put aside and nothing more.

I'd assume the McMahons have similar plans for all of us...


mark
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DAMANgoldberg Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 11:47 PM
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9. Exhibits A & B...
Charlotte's own Ric Flair, still wrestling with TNA (not actually wrestling much, but still in the game at 55+)
Hulk Hogan, still involved with TNA (same issues at 50+)
I could go on and on, but back in the day when wrestlers didn't made squat, they wrestled into their 50s as well.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-15-10 08:09 AM
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7. The True Price Of "Fame"...
You point out some very important points and may I add a couple more.

Many of these wrestlers come from obscurity. Unlike football or basketball players who are in the spotlight from their mid teens on, wrestlers start at the lowest rungs. Kinda like the modern day version of vaudville...hoping to get a shot at the big time. McMahon has long preyed on the stars in the eyes in many of these kids and they become almost a property of his...he can build 'em up, he can break 'em down. Thus the pressure to "enhance" performance takes many shapes...from the "acting" to the juicing. And that doesn't take into account any other "stimulation"...alcohol, cocaine or some other "pain reducing" substance.

The interesting aspect of this race is to see if the McMahon marketing touch works in the political ring...
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