WRESTLER, on behalf of himself and his heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives, hereby releases, waives and discharges PROMOTER from all liability to WRESTLER and covenants not to sue PROMOTER for any and all loss or damage on account of injury to any person or property or resulting in serious or permanent injury to WRESTLER or WRESTLER’s death, whether caused by the negligence of the PROMOTER, other wrestlers or otherwise.
– from the contract of former World Wrestling Entertainment performer Chris Klucsarits (“Chris Kanyon”), who committed suicide earlier this year. You can view the whole document at http://muchnick.net/kanyoncontract.pdf.
Here you can view the video of Chris Kanyon taking a frightening steel chair shot to the head from another wrestler, the Undertaker, in the former’s last appearance on WWE television in 2003: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzA3MDU0MTI=.html.
Here you can view the video of Lance Cade, who died earlier this month at 29 from “heart failure,” taking a series of chair shots from Shawn Michaels, beginning with one to the head, on Raw in October 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7SxW_Jz0D8.