Goodbye to a Wrestling Institution: WWE Bans Use of Steel-Chair Headshots
WWE has eliminated using folding metal chairs to "strike" an opponent in the head. The WWE penalizes through fine and/or suspension the following:
- The intentional use of a folding metal chair to "strike" an opponent in the head.
- Any blow to the head that is deemed an INTENTIONAL act
- The Fine and/or Suspension will be directed by the EVP of Talent Relations (John Laurinaitis).
So not only is a chair shot to the head removed from the Sports Entertainment lexicon, but ANY blow to the head deemed an intentional act is punishable by fine or suspension. By definition that includes punching, kicking, headlocks, neckbreakers ... poor Randy Orton is going to have to stand still in the ring and do nothing. It should be noted that EVP of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis competed overseas for All Japan Pro Wrestling as "Johnny Ace" in the 1990s, where the only thing that ever seemed to happen was people getting dropped on or hit in their head.
Up until now, "steel chair" (along with "Hulk Hogan," "bodyslam," and "spandex") has been synonymous with "professional wrestling" to the mainstream public. With blood and sex already on their way out and violence following, what will people think of when they hear "wrestling?" Changing the channel?