Archive for August 21st, 2010

Wrestling Journalist David Bixenspan Truth-Squads WWE’s Attack on Chris Nowinski

David Bixenspan of Cageside Seats offers a fair evaluation of the seven bullet points of World Wrestling Entertainment’s response to Chris Nowinski’s New England Cable Network interview. See “WWE fires back against Nowinski,” http://www.cagesideseats.com/2010/8/21/1635226/wwe-fires-back-against-chris#storyjump.

My favorite:

WWE: “It is very dubious that he ever had a conversation with Lance Cade much less Lance Cade confiding to a total stranger that he used painkillers and steroids.”

Bixenspan:

I’ll go with Dave Meltzer’s message board post about this to sum up my own thoughts:

Holy fucking shit was that a mistake. The two were together on the roster not only in WWE, but also in two different developmental territories AND WERE A REGULAR TAG TEAM IN DEVELOPMENTAL.

Not to mention Cade in his own voice did a radio interview where he said things very similar to what Nowinski claimed he told them.

Irv Muchnick

P.S. In today’s Wrestling Observer website update, under the headline “WWE whiffs on attempt to hurt Nowinski cred,” Meltzer is  uncharacteristically even stronger there than on his subscribers-only message board, and harder on WWE than Bixenspan. Not only is Linda McMahon’s company flat wrong in claiming Cade was “a total stranger” to Nowinski. Meltzer also says Nowinski was not exaggerating about how many times he went  through tables: “any look at reports  from live matches of his program with the Dudleys would show he went through a table on every house show.”

Early Weekend Notes

LANCE CADE STORY HAS TRACTION

The Connecticut media are starting to poke into the full background of the death of World Wrestling entertainment’s Lance Cade – watch for more in the coming days. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s WWE is in familiar shoot-the-messenger mode, attacking the credibility of concussion research and reform advocate Chris Nowinski. Ted Mann of the New London Day tweeted, “WWE apparently not of the school that avoids sarcastic defensiveness in responding to public criticism.”

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SPORTS BRAIN INJURIES HAVE A NEW PROFILE

According to The Boston Globe, Kevin Turner, formerly of the New England Patriots, is the 14th ex-National Football League player since 1960 to be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Pro football players’ rate of ALS is at least eight times that of the general population of adult males. Meanwhile, as The New York Times reported earlier this week, an article in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology has findings that suggest that there is a spine-injury companion to the brain-trauma syndrome Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy whose symptoms align with those of ALS.

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ROGER CLEMENS INDICTED

I deliberately waited for the news-cycle dust to settle on this one; the events of 2007-08 showed that legit sports steroid scandals have a dangerous relationship with the public’s endurance for the far more serious pro wrestling death scandal. But without a doubt, and to reprise my mantra, Roger Clemens has been indicted for lying about his fake accomplishments in a real sport while the McMahon family gets away with promoting real death in a fake sport. Also without a doubt, Linda’s daughter Stephanie McMahon Levesque lied to Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about her knowledge of concussions in WWE just as clearly as Clemens lied to that body about his familiarity with human growth hormone.

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WILL IT MATTER?

The cynics will continue to say it won’t. I will continue to publish the information making the point that it should. Commenting on the Linda McMahon campaign for Senate, Manchester Journal Inquirer editorial page editor Keith Burris wrote, “McMahon is sticking with her plan. She got the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate with a barrage of TV ads and mailings: Flood the airwaves and the mailboxes. Beat the voters into submission. It worked.” For the next 11 weeks “there is to be no respite.”

Irv Muchnick


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