From transcript of CNN Special Investigations Unit, “Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling,” November 7, 2007.
CHRIS KANYON, WRESTLER: We made him wrestle each other a bunch of times, and it was never about what I can do to you to make me look good. It’s what can we do together to make the match look good.
CORRESPONDENT DREW GRIFFIN: And looking good meant taking real hits to the head. Although the McMahons are aware of some of the institute’s findings, they say they have not yet studied the report.
LINDA MCMAHON: These studies, you know, have not been — they’ve not been proven, if you will.
VINCE MCMAHON: Haven’t been even critiqued by the other members of the scientific community.
GRIFFIN: As a result, McMahon is moving with caution.
V. MCMAHON: And the only thing we’ve done really is from a conservative standpoint is just don’t use chairs to the head. But other than that, you know, it’s what it is in the ring. You know, accidents do occur. It’s not ballet, as they say.
From March 2010 blog of Jim Ross, WWE television announcer and executive:
“Nice to see WWE focus on eliminating chair shots to the heat of their athletes. I blogged about this several weeks ago which I am sure means nothing in regard to this decision being made. Some asked if I thought this mandate was ‘politically motivated’ to which I emphatically say hell, no. It simply makes common sense and the overall health of the competitors has to be any companies utmost priority.”