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Today’s topic: We have a seen a recent new trend with wrestlers using the internet to seek out donations to help assist them with their medical bills. What is your opinion on this trend?

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11 Responses

  1. Travis says:

    Washed up wrestlers turning to technological panhandling. They chose this career.

  2. Dragon says:

    To me it all comes downto how they go about it. Scott Hall/DDP is a prime example the did on of those fundraising sites where depending on a donation u got different perks. Thats fine in my book cause it causes no wrestler anything to sign an 8X10 for a 20 donation and a phone call for bigger donations and what not is a great idea, but when a wrestler just says hay send money its a little much. Now i know many of the ones in need are not on the level of Hall and others with huge fan bases but im sure their fans would appreciate some incentives. At the very least make an attempt to go the hall/ddp route.

  3. Brad says:

    understandable if a legend fallen on hard times or an indy star still earning their way up…but when someone like Zema Ion who works for TNA who has corporate funding by Panda Energy/Carters and has to do that to pay medical expenses is ridiculous when TNA won’t lift a finger to help

  4. Adurka Durk says:

    Use a reputable site.

    Don’t go on Facebook and beg for it.

    And that’s if you absolutely must. Get insurance like the rest of us have to.

    If you’re not touring 24/7, making money– get a real job to support your lifestyle.

    This isn’t to say its NOT ok to help these dudes out. That’s up to you. I just think its sad they even need the help.

    If you’re not a rock star, why should we have to pay your tab? It’s cool if others feel obliged, but I’d like to tell you to get your **** together.

    If you can’t get it done yourself, the industry obviously isn’t for you.

  5. MC Live says:

    In the case of Zema Ion, he shouldn’t have to ask. Instead of giving a big contract to a fighter, not a wrestler, whose in no way shape or form going to better TNA or bring in more viewers/money, TNA should probably think about spending money on helping the guys who bust their ass to help the company. The fact that TNA can’t give him $30,000 is appalling, when you factor in that he has started to become a decent leved star in the promotion. They want to be number one, and yet all they do is bush league garbage like that. Sorry to rant on TNA, but it’s somewhat related to the topic. Come on man

  6. jim says:

    Its not right. We are doing the promotionsl job

  7. Jempires One says:

    Guys should have regular, gainful employment as they try and achieve their dreams. TNA doesn’t pay a lot, everyone knows that. If you want to agree to their schedule with TV and house shows and not really make a lot- which is the majority of the company UNLESS you’re a former big WWE name OR a name Vince wants and you have some leverage- that is up to you.

    But the ONLY goal if you’re a entry-level worker in TNA should be to get to WWE where you can make some money.

    If you gamble on your future, and don’t carry insurance, that is on you.

    Decent insurance is expensive and TNA loses money as it is. Don’t expect them to add to their problems when they don’t have to. And unlike WWE they are much more agreeable to having their talent take independent dates. Guys like Robbie E either work TNA houses or local indies every weekend- and what they agree to work for is on them.

    Do I think WWE and TNA should provide insurance? Well, WWE yes. How they are able to say that these guys are independent contractors when they can’t say when, where, and how they work is beyond me. Jericho can’t call the office and say that ROH is going to book him in August for a triple and he’s not available on a given weekend.

    But at the basis of everything, guys need to protect their future by having safety nets in place as they chase their dreams. A steady, regular job with some insurance is a start.

  8. dave says:

    I think the nail has been hit on the head by Dragon, Adurka Durk and Jempires One

  9. sheila816 says:

    I’ve got really mixed emotions on it. On the one hand I would imagine it’s hard for them to get medical insurance starting off in poor health and with such a high risk profession but if they did the responsible thing and carried the insurance all through their careers they wouldn’t be in the binds they’re in. On the other hand if they want to use the internet to ask for help it’s their perogative. One can give or not as they see fit. I guess what really got to me with the Scot Hall situation was that he has friends still in the business that could probably have taken the money out of petty cash and helped him.

  10. Joan B. in S. C. says:

    Does everyone realize not every “regular job” offers health insurance? Haven’t you heard of employers, such as Wal-Mart, offering just enough hours so the person isn’t full time and can’t get health insurance?

    And as one person mentioned, when you fill out an application for health insurance, they do ask for your occupation and employer. Even if you’re just weekend warrior working the indies with a full time 9-5, this may make affordable, group rates outside of your range. Let’s not mention government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare.

    I have only given to one wrestler who was asking for help online with medical bills and received only a very pleasant thank you from him and his wife which was fine for me. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll send him something for Father’s Day this Sunday.

  11. ~J* says:

    they can ask sure, does not mean anyone will chip in…gotta save that cash and get insurance as stated.

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