posted on Sep, 19 2007 @ 12:02 AM
It is not just about steroids. Being a wrestler is tough on the body. Even though wrestling is fake, wrestlers are still putting stress on their
joints, muscles, and bones every time they perform. Wrestlers, unlike other athletes, do not have an offseason to recover from the stress they put on
their body. Wrestling promotions, unlike other sports, do not have as much of an incentive to take care of their athletes.
In other sports, the athletes are treated more as precious commodities. Sports teams are adverse to risking athletes injuries because it is difficult
for them to find high calliber athletes. Let us take an NBA team for example. A typical NBA team knows 7 foot tall men who can run, shoot a
basketball, and dribble are a rare commoditiy. If one of its mediocre players has a nagging injury, it knows it has more to gain by allowing that
mediocre player to rest his injury for a few weeks then to have that player perform with the injury. It is better for the NBA team to lose a player
for a few weeks then to loose him permanently.
In wrestling, wrestlers are not treated as precious commodities. While it is true that not everybody has the talent to be a wrestling star or even a
mediocre wrestler, it is easier for the WWE to find and create a mid-card wrestler than it is for an NBA team to find a decent player. That being
said, WWE has no incentive to rest an injured wrestler (unless he is a huge talent like a Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin) and is more likely to work him
into the ground because it knows it can always find another.
When we combine the wear and tear an activity like wrestling puts on the body with the fact that wrestlers are worked harder than other athletes, it
should come as no surprise that many wrestlers are in really bad shape.