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The Terrible Treatment of Pro-Wrestlers

Thursday, August 21, 2014

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon watches wrestlers Ted DiBiase and Shawn Michaels compete during the WWE Monday Night Raw show in Las Vegas, August 24, 2009. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon watches wrestlers Ted DiBiase and Shawn Michaels compete during the WWE Monday Night Raw show in Las Vegas, August 24, 2009. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/Getty)

Professional wrestling takes a serious toll on the athletes who perform in the ring. As independent contract workers, many wrestlers often lack benefits, pensions, or health insurance. Physical injuries are common, and a disturbingly low number of professional wrestlers have lived past age 50. Daniel O’Sullivan discusses working conditions in wrestling and why, unlike any other major American sport, professional wrestlers aren’t represented by a union.

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Daniel O’Sullivan

Comments [9]

Daniel from Houston

What about Obamacare? Isn't health insurance free now?

Aug. 22 2014 09:37 PM
Frank Gotch from KatchasKan, Alaska

We seem to be more concerned about the health of dogs and horses than about pro wrestlers, who, after all, are also intelligent, sensitive creatures.

Aug. 22 2014 08:49 AM
The Incest Guy

Unblock me ya dork.

Aug. 21 2014 07:04 PM
Jonah from Nj

former pro-wrestler here, thank you for this segment. Every thing was so on point even If I felt the author could have used a little more information.... he seems pretty stumped as to why we want to work in such a terrible industries in the first place and didnt talk about the massive farm system of independent prorestling groups that pepper small venues across America

wrestling is more like a crossing circus preformed with stage magicians... and that's not to far off considered all this stuff started in the carnivals and some wrestlers still call their matches in Carny

Aug. 21 2014 03:42 PM
Dan from Chicago

Huge, if true

Aug. 21 2014 03:41 PM
Vallejo Crime Desk from Colorado

Oh for sure man

Aug. 21 2014 02:02 PM
Suzie from New York City

I just finished reading a really fascinating memoir on regional pro wrestling- the author a "manager." I learned so much - and it was fascinating...I had limited interest before. I couldn't' put the book down.

Until We're Strangers Again - Sean Gorman.

The show today was an interesting addendum to the book.

I was excited when I knew the word "kafay" (sp?) as I had learned it in the memoir.

Aug. 21 2014 01:51 PM
Korey from Brooklyn

How do the policies effecting wrestlers compare to those effecting say, circus performers? At the end of the day, wrasslin' is spectacle and not sport. Signed, a huge wrestling fan.

Aug. 21 2014 01:24 PM
DC from Brooklyn

For those who keep saying pro wrestling is fake or safe, and yet desire to see more and more violence, you'd be daft to believe that this is not a dangerous "sport."

Aug. 21 2014 12:33 PM

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