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Obviously I'm speaking as a wrestling fan on this.
Back in the late 1990s, I thought wrestlers who did dives were really cool, after all, they were doing stuff that was dangerous, and never seemed to get hurt. I heard repeatedly (primarily on WCW Monday Nitro) 'that's why they call it high risk' when guys landed badly or missed the mark, and looked like they may have injured themselves.... but it was just wrestling, and obviously they were 'selling a planned spot'.
Then 2001 came around... and a reality check was given, Hayabusa ended up in a wheel chair in October when a high risk stunt that he probably done a hundred times before went wrong, and one can easily see when looking back, it was bound to happen sooner or later, Hayabusa was doing enough dives and high spots for himself and whoever he was working with, and I really liked him when I got to see footage of what he could do, but one could see he was living on the edge, taking a gamble and it eventually cost him big time.
Basically, he lived by the 'high risk sword' and his career died by it... basically he reaped what he sowed...and the more I look at it the less sympathy I have for guys like him who do the high risk spots every single time out.
In fact, every time I see wrestlers today doing high risk spots like dives repeatedly in a single match, I basically cringe and shake my head in disgust while hoping no one gets injured at the same time preparing to say 'they deserve what happened to them' if they do get seriously injured and their careers shorten if not ended. Is this, over all, a harsh way to look at things, perhaps, but you know
what, if wrestlers like AJ Styles, Will Osprey, Ricochet and others who
love to do high risk stunts want to play that game, they deserve what
they get when things eventually go wrong.
And this is not even getting into the the whole 'doing dives' when it makes sense debate, that is a whole other can of worms, that professionals like Rip Rogers who wrestled for 23 years, Jerry Lawler who is still active as a wrestler in his 47th year and Randy Orton who has been a top star for the WWE for the past 15 years have already posted their views on.... but real quick from a fan's point of view, the way I see it this: if a high risk stunt can be removed from a match and it not change the story, it is meaningless, plain and simple.
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