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Wrestlers grapple with problems in, out of ring

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Another professional wrestling star died recently giving rise to more scrutiny on the industry. What exactly is going on that leads to these athletes dying at such a young age. World Wrestling Entertainment star Edward Fatu, more popularly known as Umaga, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 36. He was recently released from his contract after violating the organizations wellness policy and refusing to enter rehab. This is just another case in a long line of deaths related to substance abuse. The industry encourages super-human physics, rigorous travel schedules, and intense physical punishment. These things combined lead to many of the athletes to turn to substances like steroids, pain-killers, and stimulants to maintain their careers. Popular culture tends to turn a blind eye to what is going on with professional wrestling but this is something that needs to change fast. If these types of things were happening in professional football, baseball, and basketball there would be tremendous public outrage. Organizations like the WWE must also find more ways to combat the problems seen with its stars. They have wellness programs and medical procedures, but obviously the status quo is not enough. The WWE does not even provide its wrestlers with health care coverage. When will we see someone step in and say enough is enough? We saw the government step in with the steroid scandal in professional baseball on the basis of skewed statistics and history. Professional wrestlers are dying and families are being ripped apart, however it doesn’t seem that it is important enough to draw media attention.

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  1. urdead2me
    December 9, 2009 at 12:27 am

    RIP – Eddie Fatu, 36, nephew of the Wild Samoans & cousin of The Rock. In wrestling, he was the Samoan Bulldozer. Too bad he’s yet another pro wrestler who took too many steroids. He was so big it took 2 heart attacks to pin him! http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/rip-eddie-fatu/

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