WWE Wrestlers cannot take direct chair shots to the head anymore! This is to keep the wrestlers safe. There was a time when wrestlers were encouraged to take chair shots to the head. A hard shot can cause a concussion which can end the career of a wrestler.
Concussions can also put a wrestler on the shelf for quite a long time. Rob Van Dam is a veteran professional wrestler and he has been wrestling for more than 20 years now. He is currently signed with Impact Wrestling and he spoke about the time when Vince McMahon told him not to take chair shots to the head.
He talked about it on the X-Pac podcast. “One time I was walking up the ramp, to go through gorilla, and Vince was standing there after my match and he said to me, 'Rob, when you're taking those chair shots, you put your hands up' and I was like, 'Nah Vince, that's for the other guys, I am a lot tougher than the other guys.'
"'He said 'No you listen to me, you put your hands up' and I said, 'Yeah, but that's the way I do it. I mean I've been doing it this way for years.' He said 'Rob, listen I am your father telling you, put your hands up.'
And then it really got through to me, I was like well this is the boss, he's the guy that's paying me, why else am I here? And he's telling me he's paying me to put my hands up. So I was like, alright."