In a startling revelation, WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas brought to light a distressing in-ring incident and its subsequent reaction by WWE's Vince McMahon, which has stirred up considerable attention in the wrestling community.
During a candid discussion with Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Atlas recounted a disturbing event from December 1990. Marty Jannetty, one half of the famed tag team The Rockers with Shawn Michaels, was involved in an in-ring mishap that resulted in a severe injury to Chuck Austin.
Austin, inexperienced in the ring, suffered a broken neck and immediate paralysis following a botched execution of the Rocker Dropper, a signature move of The Rockers. What has drawn significant attention is Vince McMahon's alleged reaction to this harrowing event.
Atlas claimed McMahon displayed a stunning indifference to Austin's dire condition. He quoted McMahon as saying, “Get him out of the damn ring; he’s holding up the show”. This statement, if accurate, sheds light on the often harsh realities of professional wrestling, where the show's continuation sometimes overshadows the well-being of its performers.
McMahon's Spinal Surgery
In related news, Vince McMahon, now 78, recently underwent a major spinal surgery. This procedure, necessitated by years of intense gym workouts, particularly heavy squats, has raised questions about the long-term impacts of such strenuous activities.
Contrary to some rumors, the surgery was not for his neck a confusion stemming from a previous surgery McMahon underwent in 1994—but was instead focused on his back. Despite his advanced age, McMahon wants to continue performing heavy squats.
While this exercise is recognized for its comprehensive benefits, including muscle building and strengthening of tendons, bones, and ligaments around the leg muscle, it's also known to cause spinal and knee problems, potentially, especially when done excessively or with heavy weights.
This juxtaposition of McMahon's personal health challenges with his alleged insensitivity to a wrestler's serious injury decades ago paints a complex picture of the wrestling world, where the physical toll on its performers often remains hidden behind the spectacle.