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DeAngelo Williams proves the risks of wrestling are real

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Veteran running back DeAngelo Williams, who has proven again and again that the tank still isn’t empty, tried his hand (or maybe I should say his face) at wrestling over the weekend. It could have gone horribly wrong for him.

Williams, participating in something called Slammiversary XV, capped the tag-team match by climbing to the top rope and jumping from the turnbuckle. Unlike old-school wrestling, where guys like the late Randy Savage would simply land on a waiting opponent in the middle of the ring, DeAngelo’s target was laying atop a folding table.

So Williams hit the body on the table with his torso, and his head went past the table and slammed onto the mat. Williams literally could have broken his neck.

This is what happens when it’s real and people think it’s fake,” Williams said on Twitter, posting the video of the climb, jump, landing, and eventual pin. “But the money is real.”

As much as I hated hearing it from my dad when I was a kid, much of wrestling is fake. The outcome has been determined before the match begins, and the punching (which used to accompany a loud stomp that supplied the sound of the blow) and kicking doesn’t have nearly the impact that it would in the alley behind a bar.

But the stunts are real, and the risk of serious injury is always present. While it’s unclear how Williams was supposed to properly land when jumping onto a large human laying a flimsy portable table, it’s safe to assume he wasn’t supposed to take a header onto the mat.

So, yes, the danger is real. Perhaps even more real than it is in the NFL, which could still come calling for Williams once injuries to other tailbacks inevitably occur.

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45 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams proves the risks of wrestling are real”
  1. uncommon1 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:09 AM

    Are you implying that a properly executed Stone Cold Stunner DOESN’T leave someone temporarily paralyzed but has no lingering or long term effects? Blasphemy

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jul 3, 2017 9:11 AM

    Keep Pounding

  3. Liberalsruineverything says: Jul 3, 2017 9:11 AM

    That’s why professionals do it. It’s very easy to hurt yourself or your opponent. Especially doing the high flying stuff.

  4. bettis3636 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:15 AM

    I saw the fall.. i know he covered that up like a pro.. i just hope he is ok.

  5. marshmont says: Jul 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    wrestling is scripted…the outcome is pre-determinded ..

  6. bobthebillsfan says: Jul 3, 2017 9:19 AM

    Surprised his contract does not have language in it that forbids this kind of foolishness.

  7. axlviking says: Jul 3, 2017 9:20 AM

    Not a good idea. Remember what happened when Rocky got in the ring with Thunder Lips? If I remember correctly, not only did he lose his manager Mickey, it was also part of the reason he lost that next bout with Clubber Lang!

  8. dirtycallahan says: Jul 3, 2017 9:27 AM

    Spoiler alert – movies and TV shows are fake also. There is not a camera crew following Dexter Morgan around.

  9. shadywarrior says: Jul 3, 2017 9:28 AM

    Pro wrestling and people over the age of 14….I’ll just never understand.

  10. nje22 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:29 AM

    I always looked at it as live stunt men
    Super dangerous

  11. uncommon1 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:29 AM

    Not a good idea. Remember what happened when Rocky got in the ring with Thunder Lips? If I remember correctly, not only did he lose his manager Mickey, it was also part of the reason he lost that next bout with Clubber Lang!
    ————-
    The Ultimate Male vs The Ultimate Meatball.

  12. heyguru69 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:29 AM

    I think the most disturbing thing about this story is that there appear to have been I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII and XIV previous “Slammiverary” matches. Who you gonna call when DeAngeMania runs wild?

  13. silverandblack052099 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:30 AM

    Im not sure who Deangelo Williams was wrestling but he deserves a tremendous amount of credit. In a profession like pro wrestling it is extremely dangerous to get in the ring with someone who isnt a professional. The risk of injury has to increase 10 fold.

  14. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 3, 2017 9:34 AM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Jul 3, 2017 9:19 AM
    Surprised his contract does not have language in it that forbids this kind of foolishness.

    ——-

    William is currently a free agent

  15. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 3, 2017 9:35 AM

    shadywarrior says:
    Jul 3, 2017 9:28 AM
    Pro wrestling and people over the age of 14….I’ll just never understand.
    _______________________________________

    Judgmental people… I’ll just never understand.

  16. jagmankane says: Jul 3, 2017 9:40 AM

    I’ll always remember the big boot from the top rope from Sid Vicious on WCW.

    Youtube that shiz…

    Yes… it is a choreographed soap opera with some ‘action’.

    I used to watch all the time. I used to backyard wrestle with a homemade ring.

    The danger is real and football players should probably stay out of the ring, to protect their investment (and the teams investment) because the NFL is better entertainment, probably not pre-determined outcomes, and more money
    (Unless you are The Rock, HHH, John Cena type star)

  17. streetyson says: Jul 3, 2017 9:41 AM

    I loved watching wrestling when I was a young kid. But that’s the point – I was just a young kid who didn’t really understand what sports or fair competition, or rules, meant. In fact, it’s a scary thought but as a 5yr old I had as much appreciation of those things as Roger Goodell does today.

  18. firstand4ever says: Jul 3, 2017 10:04 AM

    Im that particular art form. The best performers make it look like they are hurting their opponent without actually doing so. The falls and landings are very “real”. It’s a matter of learning how to do them the right way, to minimize the damage.

  19. murphyslaw40 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:05 AM

    I enjoy good acting, great displays of athleticism, and all guys seem to like watching dangerous stunts. That’s what wrestling is nowadays.

    And former NFL guys that get into WWE will readily admit the grind and labor involved in wrestling is greater than in football. There is no offseason. They routinely have 4 matches a week, in different states. The pay is typically $350K-$800K, until you can main event consistently then you may see your first million dollar year.

    The punches are fake, the balls are real.

  20. nyfootballgiants says: Jul 3, 2017 10:12 AM

    I had a friend who used to be a professional wrestler on a smaller circuit.

    His phrasing was – Wrestling isn’t fixed. The outcomes may be predetermined, but if you think it isn’t physically taxing you have no idea what you are talking about.

  21. collectordude says: Jul 3, 2017 10:15 AM

    Wrestling is fake and Williams is an idiot for even agreeing to do it.

  22. Iknowitall says: Jul 3, 2017 10:17 AM

    Wrestling is as fake as Derek Carr and the Raiders chances of taking the division away from the Chiefs

  23. mazenblue says: Jul 3, 2017 10:21 AM

    marshmont says:
    Jul 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    wrestling is scripted…the outcome is pre-determinded ..
    ………………………
    They are athletes and put in more work a day than you do in a week

  24. taeh324 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:22 AM

    bobthebillsfan says:Jul 3, 2017 9:19 AM

    Surprised his contract does not have language in it that forbids this kind of foolishness.

    ____________________

    It would if he was under contract but he’s a free agent so can do whatever he wants

  25. fanfrommontreal says: Jul 3, 2017 10:27 AM

    I never understood that table thing, seems to me that the table, by breaking, actually breaks the fall of the “victim” and soften the blow. But by thinking too much I guess I’m missing the point…

  26. blah773 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:31 AM

    guy won’t be able to walk when he’s 50, but whatever. hope he’s enjoying himself.

  27. nyneal says: Jul 3, 2017 10:32 AM

    Everyone knows wrestlers are so juiced up on steroids and everything else, they could jump from the top of the Empire State Building and not feel it. So, Williams is at a disadvantage right there. I knew a security guard who worked at our civic center when it hosted the WWF events back then and he said the wrestlers would shoot each other in the butt with needles in the locker room.
    Still — I’m shocked that his contract allows him to do this in the off season. Talk about taking a chance on getting hurt!
    He’s right about the stunts being real. I used to take my son to wrestling events years ago. We saw all the greats like Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Big John Studd, Tony Atlas, and the rest and I used to give my son a lengthy talk before we went explaining to him that it’s pure entertainment and the wrestlers are all friends who work together.
    The wrestling and punching was laughable, but the stunts were crazy. We saw Jimmy Super Fly Snuka do his jumps from the top corner of the ring and it was amazing he could even walk doing that 3 or 4 times a week. He just died in January at age 73.
    The scariest part of the whole thing wasn’t what the wrestlers did in the ring. It was a good percentage of the crowd who totally bought into the lie it that it was real — especially the old ladies. They’d get more worked up than the wrestlers and scream and holler at the bad guys and even charge at them when they were out of the ring. Just crazy stuff. I’d look around and feel like I was in a mental institution. And don’t tell them that it’s not real — they’d go even crazier.

  28. screwmemean says: Jul 3, 2017 10:33 AM

    Most of these guys don’t live past 55.

  29. nyneal says: Jul 3, 2017 10:41 AM

    mazenblue says:
    Jul 3, 2017 10:21 AM
    marshmont says:
    Jul 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    wrestling is scripted…the outcome is pre-determinded ..
    ………………………
    They are athletes and put in more work a day than you do in a week

    ______________________________________

    They are steroid abusing weight lifters who also train to do this fake stuff. That’s why so many of them die so young. My brother was friends with a guy named Dave Barbie who had a tryout with the Eagles in the NFL but didn’t make it, so he got into wrestling. He got out after a couple of years because of the drugs everyone was on. He didn’t want to do it and he was forced to leave.
    When Hulk Hogan was put on the witness stand years ago, he admitted that he did tons of steroids when he was in the WWF, and gave up Jim McMahon as a steroid user and pusher, too.
    Anyone who thinks that this pro wrestling is real believes in tooth fairies and ghosts. And if they drug tested these guys, they wouldn’t have any wrestlers to put on a show.

  30. ncfloyd says: Jul 3, 2017 10:46 AM

    Since the NFL has virtually ended as too dangerous; kickoff returns, jumping in kick blocking attempts and hitting defenseless receivers please allow defenders to use folding chairs. Just no hitting above the shoulders.

  31. rjc32586 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:58 AM

    He’s a free agent, so whatever. But it still amuses me that it wasn’t too long ago that guys like Reggie White, Kevin Greene, Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone somehow got away with doing this while under contract. Anybody with a brain knows that while the results are predetermined, professional wrestling is an unbelievably dangerous activity.

  32. granadafan says: Jul 3, 2017 11:09 AM

    Most people want to see DeAngelo jump off the top turnbuckle and slam Trump.

  33. weepingjebus says: Jul 3, 2017 11:24 AM

    The only difference between pro wrestling and high minded Broadway shows is that wrestling has fireworks and hot women.

  34. lscottman3 says: Jul 3, 2017 11:54 AM

    I miss Cy Coco and his bell

  35. tremoluxman says: Jul 3, 2017 12:13 PM

    Pro rassling is as real as pro body building. Schwarzenegger admitted very openly in his films that he used ‘roids, as did most if not all the others during his Mr. Opympia days. There is no way those guys can bulk up like that without the Juice.

    No one says pro rasslers aren’t good athletes or skilled at what they do. The issue is that the outcome is predetermined, the punches and kicks are ‘pulled’. It’s like movie combat. It looks good, but someone could get hurt if not done properly.

  36. superpunky5 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:38 PM

    Whooo!

  37. vegaskid21 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    wrestling is scripted…the outcome is pre-determinded ..

    Just like the NBA

  38. bencoates57 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:44 PM

    Was his opponent He Hate Me?

  39. jmc8888 says: Jul 3, 2017 12:51 PM

    He’s complaining that people call it fake? It IS fake.

    But while performing the fake scripted match, you have to engage in real death defying acts.

    Risking injury or death for something fake doesn’t make the fake aspects real.

    People know that injuries and deaths occur in Wrestling. That’s not what they are talking about. It’s the fact that they aren’t really fighting and it’s scripted.

    He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  40. mwcarolina says: Jul 3, 2017 1:36 PM

    got to give DeAngelo Williams credit….he actually looked good in a wrestling match and while he made that one mistake, he otherwise did a fine job in the ring.

  41. gdalehogdogger says: Jul 3, 2017 2:02 PM

    thats the difference between professional and amateur wrestling

  42. bosszaraki says: Jul 3, 2017 2:32 PM

    Owen Hart knows how real injuries can be

  43. All-American Voltron says: Jul 3, 2017 2:57 PM

    I watched this show and DeAngelo Williams had one of the best matches I’ve ever seen from a rookie, let alone a first match. When his NFL days are done he could have a bright future as a pro-wrestler.

  44. mrgschwind says: Jul 3, 2017 4:01 PM

    Like Sting once said, you can’t fake falling 12 feet.

  45. murphyslaw40 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:55 PM

    nyneal says:
    They are steroid abusing weight lifters who also train to do this fake stuff….. admitted that he did tons of steroids when he was in the WWF, and gave up Jim McMahon as a steroid user and pusher, too.
    ********************
    And with that, your wrestling credibility was gone.

    You realize WWE has a strict wellness policy in place? That they will suspend anyone, regardless of how hot they are, if there is a fail? The locker room today is much different than 1985. They drink protein shakes and play PS4. Some weed, but hard narcotics don’t exist there anymore.

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