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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Linda McMahon's Wrestling World of Death

Nancy & Chris Benoit; former Linda McMahon employees
who died in a horrific double murder, and suicide
RIP, victims of drugs and work-related pressure

On January 11, 2012, U.S. Senate Candidate Christopher Shays issued a press release which included comments regarding Linda McMahon's Pro Wrestling business, "Let’s think about it: She’s got over 41 people 50 years and younger who’ve died in her jobs. That’s quite a job record that she’s created." Of course, those in the McMahon camp do what they do best whenever questions are raised about McMahon's so-called business background -  and that's to read from the script they've been provided, and change the subject. 

What amazes The King and his Court, is that Linda McMahon is the first to repeat the same line over and over, "I've created 500 jobs" and then when you go to ask her specifics about her line of business - she runs like Hell, or has no comment.  No comment?

Most voters in Connecticut don't understand the wrestling business. It seems to The King that the target audience of wrestling shows are meant to appeal to those who are ages 8 - 16 and collect action figures, and immature adults who thrive on yelling, violence, and sexual innuendo. If you think about Mrs. McMahon's industry as a product - it's not one that parents want to see on their shelves, or beaming into their living rooms every Monday night. 

Sure, all television has components of violence, even the news - but Linda McMahon's product is violence.  And unfortunately, her product is also Death.

As everyone knows, the McMahon's pockets run deep.  There are a number of critics, who, over the years, have provided insight into what goes on behind the curtain - but many of them have been silenced by enforcement of legal contracts which forbid them to talk about what goes on behind the scenes. As a result, not many people are talking. And the fact remains that the industry is very small - everyone knows everyone, and no one wants to be blackballed in the industry.

When it comes to the horrific tales of wrestling performer deaths who've been under the employ of the McMahons - the numbers are staggering.  One of the best sources for this information comes from the website: Concussion Inc. owned by Irvin Muchnick. Muchnick is the author of the best sellers Chris & Nancy: The True Story of the Benoit Murder-Suicide and Pro Wrestling’s Cocktail of Death, Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, and other written ventures.  His expertise includes researching and reporting on concussion related injuries including those in the National Football League, and professional and amateur sports. To be clear, Irv Muchnick is NOT politically motivated nor is he a resident of Connecticut.

Included on Mr. Muchnick's site are some interesting stories, such as:

The auction of a chair used on an employee that may have contributed to their death and full text of comments he supplied a blogger.

Tweeter David Bixenspan of the Bleacher Report posted the following on Twitter yesterday:
  • Even if you stick to the wrestlers who died while working for the company, WWE is still being misleading.
  • Rick McGraw is missing since I guess he wasn't "under contract" in spite of wrestling for the company full time.
  • Eddy Guerrero's death certificate has steroids listed as a contributing cause to his heart disease
  • Similarly, Brian Pillman's death certificate has cocaine listed as a contributing cause to his heart disease.
  • The accident was of course Owen Hart, where they were pretty clearly negligent and settled a wrongful death case.
  • The issue is if WWE encourages or ignores certain habits while the wrestlers are in the company, not if they died working there.
  • WWE may like to pretend it's about to deaths while in the company, but it's not, and even then, they distort that # & what it means

In 2010, writers at The King's View were aware of some of the facts involving the WWE and wrestler deaths, and we noted that they never seemed to get a fair hearing by Connecticut's media.  The Hartford Courant has done a huge disservice by Connecticut residents by failing to use journalistic resources to investigate, or even report on the serious allegations and claims about Professional Wrestling deaths of active and former employees of the WWE. 

One section of Mr. Muchnick's site deals specifically with the 2010 death of Lance Cade.  This death occurred during the same period as when Linda McMahon was last running for Senate.  The lack of reporting on this matter implies a direct cover-up by our media who appear to have intentionally ignored or blacked out this story.  To this day the Media still refuses to press McMahon on her business practices or on WWE employee-related death matters (with the exception of The Day which covered this story with input from Chris Benoit's father).  They barely mention the steroid hearings which involved WWE and Linda's husband, Vince McMahon.  Why?  And why were there no questions about it during the debate between herself and Senator Blumenthal?

There are some that suggest a number of interesting conspiracy theories connected to the McMahon Media Black-Out.  One rumor involves a prominent paid lobbyist firm which is coercing or paying The Courant not to report on various matters (perhaps more on that issue at a later date), and there is another theory that claims that secretly, liberal writers at The Hartford Courant and other media outlets are praying to God or Athena (or whatever) and manipulating the news so that Linda McMahon becomes the Republican Candidate - because they know she will get blown out again no matter who she runs against.  While the former seems a tad far-fetched, the later is plausible given where she sits in the polls, and the absence of the mention of the other three Republican candidates (Brian K. Hill, Kie Westby and Christopher Shays) in last week's Sunday Courant cover story regarding certain candidates humble beginnings.  

I want to be clear that I am not accusing the McMahons of intentionally causing harm or death of any of their employees - that would be a lie.  But there is a lot information out there that suggests that something just isn't right.  If the best you can do when asked about employee deaths is to argue about the number, well that suggests that something really is amiss.  Facts show that the WWE didn't even establish a Health and Wellness program for their employees until February 2007 after the media caught wind of the drug abuse scandals.  And the policy is still under scrutiny for allowing performers to work with injuries

It's time for the Connecticut Media to stop seeking ad dollars from the McMahon camp and step up to the plate and let their reporters do their jobs.  And I don't mean positioning a blogger as part of the "clipping service" to post and retweet other people's thoughts all day - but reinstate useful journalism in an unbiased fashion.

Connecticut's BEST JOURNALIST Ann Nyberg is clearly right about one thing - the state of journalism is in decline these days.  The reporting on the 2010 and 2012 campaigns are a clear example.

Before ending, I have to ask why some of our most respected CTGOP Leaders would align themselves with a candidate who's made a living creating and distributing violent and pornographic trash. Many of the same people who purport to support traditional family values seem to have turned a blind eye to the impact of televised shows featuring near-naked girls rolling around on a wrestling mat (a form of "soft porn" as the former Congressman mentioned) and dozens of steroid injected men running around in tights? Does this industry make you really proud to stand next to Linda McMahon? As a Mayor of a big city, is it worth embarrassing yourself or killing your reputation for a promoter of such filth? Does it make sense that Connecticut would send a Pro Wrestling Promoter to Washington on its behalf? Really? Is she the best and brightest that Connecticut has to offer? We thing NOT!

And when you look at the staggering numbers of those who've passed away under her employ, Senator Markley and Mayor Moccia - what do you say?  She was just unlucky?  Perhaps the 500 jobs she's actually referring to in her ads include steroid runners, medical staff, hospital professionals, defense attornies, grave diggers, and funeral directors. Don't believe me, look at the list in the bottom of this article, and note the ages.  Who should be held accountable?

As an aside - isn't it ironic that the same very people who are screaming and yelling about online gambling (just another vice) don't see anything wrong with Pro Wrestling as a product? Well, maybe its because they aren't getting a personal pay-off or a "donation" placed in their pocket to overlook the obvious. Hypocritical? You bet.

We can do better than Linda McMahon.  And if our Convention Delegates are already bought and paid for - that's fine - the people of Connecticut, won't be!



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Anonymous said...

I heard Linda McMahon and her people are engaging in a campaign to pay off town committee members literally with cash to pick delegates that will vote for her at the convention. When will it end?

Anonymous said...

Well, get back
I'm all right Jack
Keep your hands off of my stack
It's a hit
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
I'm in the high-fidelity first class travelling set
I think I need a Lear jet

Pink Floyd

Belinda Martin said...

Linda can't buy the General election and she knows she can't win it either. Why she runs is because she hates to lose and has deluded herself she can win. She's used to buying anything she wants but she cannot buy this. I believe she is an unhappy woman looking to find personal relevance for herself. The truth is she was just a front for Vince for business reasons. She's never done anything she can claim her own. If she wants to up her polls shneeds to rectify her marriage and bring Vince on tour with her.Without Vince she's an empty vessel, the sooner she relaims who she is the more she will appear genuine.


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Linda is listening to those so-called "professionals" running her campaign who will do anything to give her the election. They come into our Congressional District putting on pressure to endorse and threatening when people won't. She has become what we are trying to get rid of in CT politics. It didn't take long for her ambition to corrupt her.

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