2 Hall of Famers Reflect on the Safety of the German Suplex

In professional wrestling, from WWE to your local indie federation, the safety of one move has become an increasingly hot topic over the past few months: the German suplex.

To some, the move is an offensive staple for everyone from high-fliers to collegiate stars and looks incredibly cool to the fans in the audience, while others think a performer needs to be taken and watch them. having no way of letting them be pulled back on the scruff of their necks. .how it’s going to go down, it’s the easiest way to end up with a broken neck and possibly an altered future.

Discussing the move to his new podcast, one of a kindRob Van Dam said that in his experience, the move is great on its own but can be abused by performers who either want to be violent or simply have little respect for their fellow performers.

“I love the German suplex,” Van Dam said via Wrestling Inc. “It’s actually an effort I would make in a real life situation, even more than a match, do you know what I mean?”

“It’s a great move and it’s great when someone builds a bridge and holds it… It’s not – to me – one of the most dangerous moves. Some people look like they don’t care to ‘wham’ their opponents and actually throw them over their heads hard and fast, and of course, that’s a different situation than just asking about a move. Will be The German suplex is amazing, but I can take any move and put a lot into it.

When asked what move he dislikes doing, the ECW veteran identified the Alabama Slam, a move that, in his humble opinion, “sucks”.

“I don’t mind telling you, in my entire career, I never learned how not to hit [the Alabama Slam], I never wanted to tell the people who did this to me but it always hurts. Dale Wilkes All Japan, The Patriot and When ‘Wham!’ I used to do this. It’s so stiff that you’re falling backwards onto your head, so there’s not much you can do to break the momentum.”

In professional wrestling, any move can be performed unsafely, with the performer suffering incredible injuries from something as simple as a jump – Shane McMahon wrestlemania 39 – and others pull off dangerous moves like Tiger Driver 91 Will Ospreay and attack Kenny Omega Forbidden Gate II flawless. Still, like the Alabama slam, the German suplex requires the performer to exert a ton of pressure on or near their neck, depending on where it falls, and can cause serious injury if executed incorrectly. It may take

Kevin Nash disagrees with his fellow WWE Hall of Famer’s opinion.

While Rob Van Dam may not have a problem with taking or delivering a German suplex, one person who certainly does is fellow WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash, who believes the move is a big reason why more why are wrestlers broken neck pain And, finally, the beginning of the CTE.

Nash said, “Show me the number of broken necks before the German suplex became a staple in professional wrestling… I can’t remember any.” Click on it Via Wrestling Inc. “Because it’s not necessarily the same, it’s like bullshit CTE. This is an attack. It’s 10 years of crap king… and then at the end, you bend over to pick up a lightbulb, and you’re paralyzed.’

Elaborating on how his own wrestling career has affected his health, Nash offered a warning of sorts to current wrestlers that the day may come when you won’t even be able to go to the gym without debilitating pain.

“It’s like me, f*** like. I go to the gym, there are days where, man, it’s just like, ‘Okay, I can’t… I did that activity two workouts ago, but for some reason, that motherfucker me today. is killing,’ so I can’t do that.”

Despite an all-time great professional wrestling career of more than 30 years, Nash is currently paying for everything he’s done to his body over the years, including the surgeries and stem cell treatments needed to help his ailing neck. Are. While a German suplex has the potential to change a performer’s life forever, the careers of “successful” people can still leave a negative long-term impact, and given that even the top performers in WWE are independent contractors, who could theoretically be forced to pay their own life’s medical bills – not to mention indie people who often get paid significantly less for their efforts – one has to wonder if some steps taken regularly Too dangerous to go.

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