Saturday, March 14, 2009
Another Wrestling Death
Pro wrestling is a big thing to me. Many don't seem to understand why I like it so much. I have been a fan since the late 90's during the WWF's Attitude Era. Thing have changed a lot since then.
Wrestling is a male soap opera and really a chance to escape life. In many ways wrestling mimics are own lives. Like any form of entertainment, you watch it to enjoy it and feel a part of it. That's why I was saddened to hear of the death of yet another wrestler. Andrew Test Martin was just four days shy of his 34th birthday. I am going out on a limb here and say he probably died of some drug related problem. He was suspended from the WWE before for drug issues. However Test isn't the only one to fall to this problem.
Martin is the fourth former professional wrestlers to pass away in the Bay Area
in the past two years.
- Scott 'Bam Bam' Bigelow, 46, was found dead of a drug overdose in his Pasco
County home on January 19, 2007.
- Mike Alfonso - who wrestled under the moniker Mike Awesome - committed suicide
in his Hillsborough County home on February 17, 2007. He was 42.
- Brian Adams, 44, died of a drug overdose in his Tampa home in August 2007. He
performed under several names in his professional wrestling career, working
mostly as a tag-team wrestler.
In February 2003, Curt Henning, who wrestled as 'Mr. Perfect,' during his stint
with the WWE, was found dead in a Tampa hotel room. He was scheduled to wrestle
at the Fairgrounds the day he died; the official cause of death in that case was
determined to be cocaine intoxication.
And of course no one can forget the heinous Chris Benoit incident.
I hate it when people say "wrestling is fake." Yes it is scripted but those people put their bodies on the line when they perform. Yes those chair shots are not always real but like in anything mistakes happen and as a result their bodies take beatings. Im not justifying the drug use but we must come to understand what these wrestling entertainers go through. They spend most of their time away from their homes and families on the road entertaining us.