April 9, 2010
Till death do wrestlers part
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Another wrestler has died.
And, of course, whenever a wrestler dies, it makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. We think of steroids, substance abuse ó negative things.
What we donít think of so much is the abuse thatís being done to the body ó the wear and tear of having your head driven into a ringpost, or your back hitting the mat. Everything requires such precision, such teamwork. A couple of degrees off the mark and a move thatís been rehearsed over and over again becomes dangerous.
A stiff chairshot to the head, all too often used gratuitously because promoters have gotten into their skulls that wrestling fans ďexpect it,Ē can lead to concussions, maybe permanent damage.
I donít know what killed Christopher Klucsaritis (who wrestled as Chris Kanyon and Mortis). He was found dead in his Queens, N.Y. apartment last Friday.
It was quickly written off as suicide. The New York Daily News said pills were found near his body.
In 2004, Kanyon announced to the world he was gay. And this wasnít Billy and Chuck. It wasnít a gimmick. I donít know what killed the guy. And I donít know if this could have been prevented.
I do know that we are pushing the bar higher and higher. Too much is expected of these guys. The psychology of wrestling isnít enough. Itís about creating a ďHoly S--tĒ moment. The body count just went up by one. And it wonít be the end.
Around the ring
The Wrestling Observer says there has been talk about a new heel faction in WWE, The Fortunate Sons, with Ted DiBiase Jr., Brett DiBiase and Joe Hennig ... Karen Angle (former wife of Kurt) has announced her engagement to Jeff Jarrett.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.