WWE: No More Legend Beatdowns After Steamboat (Unless, That Is, They’re Really Important to the Plot)

Want to know what Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment is really like, after the “soap opera” lights have dimmed? Follow it for a week or two or three. Something new will happen to show you how fast and loose this company plays, not only with the truth but also with its employees’ lives.

The hits keep coming following this blog’s appropriately skeptical coverage of WWE’s official explanation of the life-threatening brain aneurysm – excuse me, burst capillary – sustained last week by Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

The latest is from Mike Aldren of Wrestling Globe Newsletter:

Backstage talk at the tapings this week was that although the company line is that Steamboat’s bleeding on the brain had nothing to do with the TV angle on 6/28 — and it may well not do — they probably won’t be doing any beat downs on legends ever again. WWE people noted to us that this has been said a few times before, dating back over a decade, when Bubba Ray Dudley powerbombed a then 77-year-old Mae Young from the stage through a table during an episode of Raw at the Meadowlands.


Irv Muchnick

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