Ep. 21: Death and Wrestling – Part 2

If you thought last week was dark, hold on to your spandex.  In today’s episode, your hosts investigate some of the reasons why wrestlers have a significantly shorter lifespan, on average, than the rest of the population. Drug addiction, substance abuse, head injuries, emotional trauma, and suicide are all elements characterizing the intense lifestyle many wrestlers adopt.  We cover the death of Owen Hart, and dissect the possible motivations that lead to Chris Benoit’s terrible final acts.

We’ve included a fun drinking-story about Andre the Giant, though.  We hope that helps.

Sources:

Opening Reading: 1 Kings 17:17-24 (KJV) via BibleGateway

Roid-rage

Concussions

Drug and Alcohol abuse

How Kayfabe Can Hurt: Roddy Piper and Owen Hart

Music used in this podcast:

Haunted Disco – the panic slowly creeps in

Man Without A Head (Nick Jaina) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Morbid Imagination (Kai Engel) / CC BY-NC 4.0
Twilight Star Channeling (Jari Pitkanen) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 

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