WWE Defends Claim About Wrestler Deaths.

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- WWE’s Robert Zimmerman has sent a letter to Christopher Shays, the opponent for Linda McMahon in her 2012 Senate bid, disputing recent statements Shays made about WWE. Here are some quotes:

“In the past you have visited WWE Headquarters in Stamford and, as a Congressman, you actively supported WWE’s non-partisan initiative, SmackDown Your Vote, which encouraged young people to register to vote. Certainly, you are aware of our recent anti-bullying efforts in your hometown of Bridgeport when WWE Superstar Sheamus visited Hall Neighborhood House on August 3, 2011 and spoke to over 100 kids about stopping this rampant issue. Therefore, we are perplexed about the factual inaccuracies you stated regarding WWE in recent interviews with the Connecticut Post and Associated Press.”

The letter goes on to mention WWE’s new anti-bullying campaign and PG content. WWE says that Shays is inaccurate when he says they promote bullying.

“The health and well-being of our performers is WWE’s top priority. As with any entertainment or sports business, our performers are the cornerstone of our success and without them, we have no business. We have an extensive talent health and wellness program administered independently by a team of renowned physicians. We invite you to review our program by visiting corporate.wwe.com. One death in any industry is too many. However, since the formation of the company in 1982, five wrestlers have passed away while under contract. According to coroner reports, one individual died by accident, one by suicide and three by heart disease. Therefore, your statement that “41 people 50 years and younger have died in their jobs” while at WWE is inaccurate.”

“On behalf of WWE, its 650 employees and approximately 300,000 fans in Connecticut, we would greatly appreciate it if you would stick to factual statements about our organization and brand.”
Good read, completely true in my opinion.

If you're confused Owen was the accident, Benoit the suicide and Eddie, Pillman and Quick Rick McDraw were the heart disease.
 

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The WWE is the best wrestling organization when it comes to protecting their performers in certain aspects imo especially with the drug testing and the moves they outlaw such as the piledriver.
 

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I'm pretty sure that "Macho Man" Randy Savage was the accident just about a year ago. I'll look that up later.
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"moves they outlaw such as the piledrive"

Undertaker?
 

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RKO said:
I'm pretty sure that "Macho Man" Randy Savage was the accident just about a year ago. I'll look that up later.
He wasn't under contract.
"However, since the formation of the company in 1982, five wrestlers have passed away while under contract. "

Wasn't Randy's death a heart attack also?

I meant the classic piledriver plus how many other people besides Taker and Kane actually use it? I guess those two have special clearance since they are respected vets.

"The piledriver was banned in WWE in 2000, unless the wrestler has special permission to use the move. In a discussion in 2007, Stephanie McMahon said that only two wrestlers were allowed to use the move, "two of the stronger guys".

Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piledriver_%28professional_wrestling%29#Danger_and_precautions
 

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"Wasn't Randy's death a heart attack also?"

Yes and no. He had a heart attack while he was driving with his wife, but the accident killed him before the heart attack did I believe.
 

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RKO said:
"Wasn't Randy's death a heart attack also?"

Yes and no. He had a heart attack while he was driving with his wife, but the accident killed him before the heart attack did I believe.
Would of died either way, sad but true.

Agreed with you seabs, they are good with protecting their wrestlers, probably because of how big they are (WWE as a brand).
 

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Crayo said:
Would of died either way, sad but true.

Agreed with you seabs, they are good with protecting their wrestlers, probably because of how big they are (WWE as a brand).
This. Machoman was one of the cooler superstars to watch though, and I was kind of sad when I heard this news. I would have been more sad if Savage would have died while under contract with WWE.
 

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