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Informative views and insights on the wrestling world from SLAM! Sports.

By JOHN POWELL
SLAM! Sports

The way they've carried on you'd think Mick Foley was decapitated during the Hell In A Cell match at King Of The Ring. By "they" I mean the prestigious editors and columnists of other fine wrestling publications. Foley's triple gainer off the Hell Cell onto the Spanish announce team's table (Someone give them crash helmets for heaven's sake!) was cause for shock, horror, disbelief and reams of copy admonishing hard-core wrestling fans.

Not mine. I praised Foley's efforts as I would any movie stuntman taking daring risks to augment the entertainment value. The fall itself fractured Foley's jaw, knocked some teeth loose and gave him a mild concussion. That was his price for unparalleled fame. A price he consciously paid in full.

As brutal as the injuries were, I don't feel the slightest bit sorry for Mick Foley. As a fan, I appreciate his efforts but I don't feel guilty about the rush I got witnessing the bump to end all bumps. During his interview with SLAM! Wrestling and The Law, Crash Test Dummy Foley came off as a sensible and reasonable person unlike the whacked-out persona he portrays. As fantastic as it may sound, Foley does indeed have a functional brain inside that thick skull. He knew the danger involved and calculated the risk before he ever launched himself into thin air. He made that decision not the fans.

What if Foley had died or been permanently injured on the live telecast, wrote my esteemed colleagues in the wrestling journalism biz. It would have been horrifying sight, no two ways about it. Then again, I've seen NASCAR racers like the late J.D. Mcduffie die in violent wrecks. I've seen unconscious hockey and football players carried off on stretchers after coming out on the losing end of a jarring hit.

Do I feel ashamed for watching? No, I don't. They knew the inherent danger before lacing up their equipment or firing up the engine. It's the nature of the beast. The risk of potential harm goes with the sport. Do I shed a tear for the beloved family and friends? Yes, I most certainly do. Do I blame the fans for indirectly encouraging the aggressiveness? No. Each of us should bear the personal responsibility for the choices we make in life whether it be jumping off a steel cage, speeding on the freeway or skipping class. Foley exercised his own freewill. Don't blame the fans, blame him.

Goldberg's next

According to Bret Hart, he's gonna be the one to end Goldberg's much-hyped unbeaten streak. That comment got me thinking. Who will WCW bestow the honor upon? First in line is Hollywood Hogan. He took one for the company jobbing to Goldberg so the ratings would improve. Plain and simple, WCW will return the favor. How about the still unveiled Ultimate Warrior? He's championship and killer merchandising material. First he's gotta wipe that Renegade Warrior rip-off out. It a matter of pride don't you know?

In listing the potential Goldberg slayers, Bret's right, you can't factor him out or Sting, or Kevin Nash or even Diamond Dallas Page.

Whoever it may be, Goldberg won't have a extended title run. I give the untalented, overblown excuse for a pro-wrestler four to six months tops until his fans really see him for the fraud that he is handing him a one way ticket back to the Power Plant so he can learn a few holds besides the three he knows. Why fans turned on Rocky Miavia when he leap-frogged to stardom but cheer Goldberg confounds me whenever I blink and miss one of his title defences.

MAILBAG


The previous SLAM! Wrestling editorial

I'm sorry but I totally disagree with you about the boxing (Brawl For It All) matches. They are a great way to mix things up and you have to admit it was a ton better than watching Eric singlehandedly kill an entire Monday night with his "look at me" talk show.

Aaron L.




I think I've discovered the reason why your SLAM! Wrestling Site is soo popular and respected. Your recent Paul Ellering article, complete with pictures from the latest RAW, shows the overall knowledge and commitment that you have to your website. You run a poll, discover that the fans don't know something as well as they should, and write a detailed history of the facts in question... I mean, that amazing. It shows that you're not just running through the paces, jumping from RAW to Nitro to various PPVs, it shows that you KNOW the world of wrestling and can do more than spew out TV recaps disguised as "articles".

Rob Shaw.




I wanted to enlighten you on why I was one of the 49% who voted "Who is Paul Ellering?" It's not that I actually have never heard of him--his name is still synonomous with the Road Warriors. I chose the answer that most reflected my indifference towards his heel turn. I never really saw him manage the NWA's Road Warirors when I got into wrestling in the 80's, though I was very much aware of the trio's presence. The first look I got at Paul Ellering was during his brief stint as the LOD's manager in the WWF in the early 90's. Maybe other fans can appreciate the imminent LOD-DOA feud more than I, but I think it will be boring even with the added twist of the LOD's mentor being on the other side.

Michael Lieff