From the Wrestling Babylon Archives

World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania 27 takes place in Atlanta on Sunday. Here are some of the most popular WrestleMania-based articles at our archive on topics you won’t be reading much, if anything, about in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter or Pro Wrestling Torch, much less the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It is the 20th anniversary of the 1991 WrestleMania, which included no fewer than 11 performers who would die before age 50. In January of last year this blog published a seven-part series documenting all the deaths. The series was combined into a single post:

‘The Question’ – Senate Candidate Linda McMahon (Still) Can’t Answer It (complete 7-part series as a single post)

The night before WrestleMania is the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. The lead inductee this year is Shawn Michaels. Last month I wrote a two-part series on the October 2008 incident in which Michaels punished Lance Cade with a chair. Cade would die a little less than two years later.

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels Should Speak Up on What Happened to Lance Cade

Did WWE’s Lance Cade Have Brain Damage? It May Not Be Too Late to Find Out

WWE is under investigation by the Connecticut Labor Department for alleged misclassification of its wrestlers as independent contractors. A few weeks ago we had a guide on how people within the industry can file complaints with government agencies.

WrestleMania Preview: How Wrestlers Can File Complaints With Government Agencies (Part 1 – OSHA)

WrestleMania Preview: How Wrestlers Can File Complaints With Government Agencies (Part 2 – Connecticut Labor Department)

WWE’s medical director, Dr. Joseph Maroon, is at the center of a federal investigation of concussions in sports. Here are a couple of recent pieces of reporting in that area:

Introducing ‘What the Feds Must Investigate About WWE-NFL Doc Joseph Maroon’s ImPACT Concussion Product’

Subpoena Cena: Does WWE Medical Director Joseph Maroon’s ImPACT System Manage Concussions – Or Merely ‘Manage’ ‘Concussions’?

Finally, in the category of nostalgia, just a few days ago we remembered the late vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro’s inadvertent involvement in the hype for the very first WrestleMania in 1985.

Wrestling Note on Late Vice Presidential Candidate Geraldine Ferraro

 

Irv Muchnick

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