Archive for January 27th, 2010

Sports Concussions Reach the Connecticut Legislature

The Hartford Courant‘s Capitol Watch blog reports that the Democratic majority in the state Senate seeks to make Connecticut the third state in the nation — after Washington and Oregon — to pass legislation requiring more stringent protocols for student-athletes for concussions.


That’s a long way from banning chair shots by the Nutmeg State’s biggest exporter of popular culture, World Wrestling Entertainment. But some would say it’s a start.

Irv Muchnick

‘Connecticut Newsmakers’ Makes None

I took a pass on commenting instantly on Linda McMahon’s appearance on Sunday’s Connecticut Newsmakers on NBC30 in Hartford. Interviewer Tom Monahan’s questions, especially regarding World Wrestling Entertainment health and safety issues, broke new ground, and his follow-up to self-serving answers was nonexistent.

James Caldwell of Pro Wrestling Torch more than compensated for what others might term my atypical reticence.

In an analysis whose headline called this the former WWE co-owner’s “latest uninformed mainstream interview,” Caldwell wrote, “If there’s one thing McMahon has proven to be talented at during this Senate campaign, it’s answering an unsophisticated question with an unsophisticated answer.”

Caldwell article is viewable at

Irv Muchnick

CHRIS & NANCY Is No. 2 in Pro Wrestling at Amazon

Irvin Muchnick’s CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death is currently No. 2 among pro wrestling books listed at The only hotter-selling pro wrestling title is WWE Encyclopedia.

‘You’ll absolutely love this book’ …

“Since that day in 2007 I’ve wanted to learn as much as I can about the tragedy and why it happened. If you’re like me then you’ll absolutely love this book.”

Full text of Steven Wilson’s review of CHRIS & NANCY: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death is viewable at this link:

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January 2010