Mark Henry Criticizes WWE Raw's LeRae Concussion Storyline

Diverging opinions emerge on handling concussions in wrestling storylines.

by Atia Mukhtar
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Mark Henry Criticizes WWE Raw's LeRae Concussion Storyline
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In a recent episode of WWE Raw, Candice LeRae returned to the ring after a hiatus, facing off against Xia Li. The match was cut short due to what appeared to be a scripted concussion angle, a decision that has raised concerns within the wrestling community.

One such critic is WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, who expressed his views on the matter during his appearance on "Busted Open Radio." Highlighting the severity of concussion-related issues, Henry said, "It's a subject too serious to make light of in wrestling storylines." The wrestling legend is close friends with concussion awareness advocate Chris Nowinski and revealed that he intends to donate his brain to concussion research.

"If storylines trivialize concussions, it muddies the water and could lead to an underdiagnosis in actual cases," Henry warned. This concern is not isolated; it mirrors sentiments expressed by AEW star Jon Moxley just days ago.

After experiencing a concussion, Moxley emphasized the need for added oversight in diagnosing head injuries during matches.

Bully Ray's Perspective

However, Mark Henry's co-host on "Busted Open," Bully Ray, took a slightly different stance.

An Impact Wrestling star himself, Bully Ray argued that concussion angles are acceptable when executed responsibly. He reminisced about a concussion angle he participated in at Ring of Honor, which he believes was handled appropriately.

Bully Ray, like Henry, endorses the idea of having a medical professional at ringside. "It serves a dual purpose: ensuring wrestler safety and freeing up referees to focus on match flow," he said. Henry added that AEW is already ahead in this aspect, with Dr.

Michael Sampson, known for saving Jerry Lawler's life in 2012, regularly stationed at ringside. Amid these debates, one thing is clear: the wrestling community is divided on how to treat the sensitive topic of concussions within the realm of scripted drama.

While storylines may aim for authenticity and edge, they tread a fine line when it comes to matters as serious as head injuries. A balance must be struck between entertaining the masses and ensuring the long-term well-being of the athletes we celebrate. As the conversation continues to evolve, one can only hope that the industry will take these concerns to heart.

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