No More Chair Shots to the Head in WWE

PWI’s Mike Johnson reports that WWE changed in wellness policy in January 2010 to include ban on chair shots to the head. Johnson writes that WWE revealed this change in a written response to a newspaper article that covers the senate race in Connecticut.

One of McMahon’s political rivals, Rob Simmons, who has been taking shots at McMahon’s campaign being based around her background running World Wrestling Entertainment, questioned whether McMahon would testify at a local education committee about preventing and treating concussions among High School athletes. In researching the article, the writer Daniela Altimari received an email from WWE spokesperson Robert Zimmerman, which stated “In January 2010, WWE amended its Talent Wellness Program, specifically regarding the ImPACTâ„¢ Concussion Management Program originally instituted in 2008, eliminating the use of folding chairs or props to “strike” an opponent in the head…”

WWE’s Wellness Policy (PDF File) now has the following lines on chair shots to the head:

“The 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”

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