Curt Hennig and No Back Injury


I finally got around to watch "The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect" and this is another what if. If Hennig doesn't suffer the back injury, do you think he, over Bret, gets the 1992 push for the World Title? It always irks me that he never got another World Title run. 

​No, because moreso than his back problems he had pretty major drug problems at a time when that was the last thing that the company needed from someone on top.  Plus he wasn't what you'd call particularly dependable.  Would he have been a good champion on top?  Probably.  Just don't see it happening.  ​

Freak Injury Friday: Susie Spirit

Was watching some ancient Simpsons when I saw Homer watching a video called “Football’s Greatest Injuries” and wondered, “Why hasn’t anybody ever tried to make a wrestling column out of that?”  How about we all find out the answer together?


We kick things off with what was perhaps the most horrific Diva injury of all time, and possibly the most celebrated.

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) was a national cutural juggernaunt in the 80’s, a gritty low-budget, exploitative, decidedly non-PC all-ladies wrestling show that might be considered the ECW of its time.  It would take an entire documentary to talk about the impact GLOW had on wrestling, so if you’re so inclined I suggest that you watch this one.

By far the most famous match in GLOW history was this tag team match between Susie Spirit and Debbie Debutante va Meena and Mika, aka The Headhunters.  The following match contains some very graphic footage;  parental discretion is advised.

The injury in question occurs at around the 3:15 mark.  Spirit attempts to do a Sunset Flip on Mika, when things go horribly, horribly wrong.  In fact, they go so wrong that GLOW shows this same footage again and again and again, from as many different angles as possible for many months to come.

Far from killing the promotion, this injury seemed to make GLOW and its clumsy wrestlers even more popular.  Sadly, like ECW, management blunders ultimately led to the demise of GLOW at the height of its popularity…yet somehow, David Mclane is never thought of in the same vein as Paul Heyman.

P.S. Susie Spirit would go on to recover, but as The Headhunters were no longer with the company upon her return, they had to create a new one to allow Susie to get her revenge.

Shawn Michaels exaggerated back injury question

Hey Scott,
Every time Shawn's back injury is covered on documentaries, video packages, etc., they always skim over the details of that four years. How could he comeback from a career ending back injury, perform at a high level, and perform some of the craziest bumps at his age?
​Because Jesus, I guess?  Seriously, dude, he had SPINAL FUSION surgery, that wasn't something you can fake for time off, it was legitimate career-ending shit and to this day there's no rational explanation for why he was able to come back and still be able to wrestle at that level.  That's why it's all the more awe-inspiring that he was able to make an entire second career for himself and hold out as long as he did.  ​


Vince’s injury

Is Vince's broken hip legit, or just something to build up to a HHH/Brock rematch? And if it IS legit, did Lesnar just screw himself by basically crippling the owner or the company? Also, I know Vince thinks he's the Genetic Jackhammer, but did NOBODY think of saying, "Umm…. maybe you should let one of the younger guys take this one?" I'm sure there was at least one road agent the fans would recognize who could have soaked up the F5 instead of Vince. 

He needed to have legitimate hip surgery of some sort and they shot the angle to explain it, although apparently Vince has been super-secretive about the nature of the surgery and as a result his "injury" on TV moved from one body part to another.  Maybe he's having hip replacement surgery like Piper did?  

Shawn Michaels – Back Injury Talk

Hi Scott,

LONG time reader and Blog of Doomer here–having a solitude Saturday night (and not choosing UFC), so I decided to rewatch WrestleMania 14 with Stone Cold vs. Michaels. I had a question though for you–In your opinion, was Michaels in as bad as shape as everyone had us believe? I know from his book he states he injured himself at the Rumble and then pilled himself up for the match, but there are so many things that contradict that. 1) He's roided to the max and in great shape. If he was having back issues (which I have had with surgery btw), there is no way he should be looking that fit or touching a barbelle.  2) He starts the match absolutely limber and taking great bumps–no sign of a "back of doom." It's only after a conspicuous railing shot outside that he begins to properly sell how his bad back–(it was amazing selling anyway; in 1998, I believed the awful pain on his face)  3) He made it very well known at the time that he was not happy being pushed aside for Mr. Austin (yes, he states otherwise now). 
Anyway, do you think he just sold his injured back as "career ending" just to let the cards fall and let Austin hang himself (and then come to the rescue if he failed?). He wasn't a saint at the time, so I don't put it past him.  I look forward to your thoughts, as always.

Shawn was of course full of shit on a lot of stuff, but that back injury was pretty much as close to a real life miracle as you're going to get.  By all accounts, Shawn was in constant pain from his retirement all the way until about 2001, including his one "comeback" match in his TWA promotion where he worked a smoke and mirrors match against Paul Diamond and didn't take any bumps.  This would be one of the few times where I 100% believe Shawn was telling the truth, or was at least the most convincing liar in history.  

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show. 

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show. 

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show. 

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show. 

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show. 

Injury Plug

http://astheworldturnsleft.com/2012/02/tna-wwe-need-better-protocol-on-legit-wrestler-injuries/ Josh Stewart talks about TNA needing a better protocol for divulging details of real injuries following a situation like Jesse Sorenson’s.  I say good luck with that.  I also have to say I find it disgusting that they’d have John Cena use the “X” sign in an angle, because if they keep doing it they’re going to train fans that it’s just part of the show.