There is nothing like a high-flying move to help get the crowd on their feet. These moves are exciting to watch, that's for sure.
February was a bad month for the WWE when it came to some of these high-risk spots.
On Feb. 6, we saw R-Truth attempt a move on Miz. The Miz was not in a position to protect R-Truth. The bump Truth took forced him out of the match. Truth did not sustain injury, but he easily could have.
On Feb. 20, we saw Big Show throw Dolph Ziggler to the outside. Wade Barrett attempted to protect Ziggler, but he ended up suffering a dislocated elbow. This injury will keep Barrett sidelined until July.
What was interesting about this match was the fact that just the day before, these men brutalized their bodies in Elimination Chamber matches. None of these men were 100 percent.
The WWE needs to realize that when wrestlers are in a weakened state, they are more likely to become injured. The spot where ZIggler was thrown to the outside looked great, but Barrett already had his arm taped up. He was not physically able to take the brunt of the impact and protect Ziggler.
Barrett's injury could have easily been avoided that night if the WWE would just stop to think for a minute. Entertaining the fans is the main goal of wrestling, but the main goal needs to be the safety of the wrestlers. Without the wrestlers, there is no one to entertain the fans.
What can the WWE do to better protect the wrestlers in these spots?
The obvious answer is to strictly regulate who can perform these moves.
For the episodes of Raw following PPVs, where wrestlers tend to take serious damage, do not allow them to be involved in a spot that would put them or another wrestler in harm's way. Wrestlers can do plenty of other things in the ring to get over and bring out emotions from the crowd.
What can the wrestlers do to protect themselves?
The first thing they have to do is completely trust the wrestler they are in the ring with. When even the slightest bit of doubt creeps into the mind, the wrestler will not be able to execute the move as planned.
The second thing they need to do is make sure that the other wrestler is in the position to protect you. Wrestling is very high paced, but there is no reason why a wrestler getting ready to perform a high-risk move can't wait until the positioning is proper. If the wrestler forgets where he is supposed to be, then do another move.
Wrestlers have plenty of opportunity to talk with each other during the course of the match. They can make sure both of them understand where they need to be in order to be safe.
If the wrestlers begin to take a more active role in their own safety, we may begin to see the needless injuries decrease.
Similar articles by Louie Babcock about this topic include:
How R-Truth Avoided Serious Injury on Raw, Feb 6., is available here.
Wade Barrett: Understanding Elbow Surgery and Recovery, is available here.
Louie Babcock has over five years experience working in emergency medicine and is studying biology and health science at the University of Minnesota.
Follow me on Twitter@Medic_Louie.
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