Jannetty Says WWE Needs To Help Wrestlers With Chronic Pain

Marty Jannetty recently spoke to Not In Hall of Fame about WWE’s company policy to only offer rehabilitation assistance to former talent struggling with drug abuse, but not assist wrestlers with degenerative injuries caused by their time wrestling for the organization.

“It is really hard for me to say, because I am not the person in charge of something like that. But I think that if someone is working for a company full time, especially with the money that is involved if we are talking straight WWE…I may be getting myself in trouble saying this, but in my opinion; and it is just that one goofy Rock and Rollers opinion; if you pretty much committed your life to working for that company for a period of time than the answer is yes. You are going to get hurt wrestling. Every match is at least a bruise. There are fractures and breaks, and often you work through it.”

“Why does the WWE spend money on those who did stuff recreationally. I’ll use Scott Hall as an example. He is a friend, but it is out there, it was on ESPN, so it is no secret. From what I understand, he has been in and out of rehab ten times. That was from the partying and choices made that had nothing to do with what was work related.

“Using myself as an example, I have asked them (WWE) if there is anything that can be done about my ankles. I have to take a lot of pain medication for it; way more than what is an average dose. Really, no more than anyone else who is in full contact sports. We all (wrestlers) have a very high threshold of pain to begin with and we are in good condition. We can handle more than most. Where one person can take a Vicodin and have the pain go away, a highly trained professional athlete has to take four or five times that dosage, and that is where you are getting into a danger zone. If I’m trying to take care of everybody pain, and walking is something we take for granted and I need pain medication just for that and it is work related than the answer should be yes.”

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is the editor of SEScoops.com and MMANews.com. He's been hooked on pro wrestling since 1989 and has attended 8 WrestleManias

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ2KXSXCK63OE2O3CTQDOXYZ7U stoops

    He’s right but some of that needs to fall on the the wrestlers to save their money. It probably doesn’t help that he still wrestles either. It would be cool for WWE to help some of these guys but I don’t think they owe it to them.

    • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

      I don’t know about whether it’s owed to them or not.  Could it be compared to a secretary who has worked at the same company for many years and develops carpel tunnel.  Would that company pay for her surgery?  I doubt it, her insurance would probably pay for it.  Which begs the question…does the WWE offer insurance to their wrestlers? Do they pay the medical bills when a wrestler gets hurt on the job? Seems like I heard that they do, unlike TNA.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJ2KXSXCK63OE2O3CTQDOXYZ7U stoops

        You’re right. WWE does pay for their stars surgeries that get hurt on the job. No sure about them offering insurance but with all that money one would think that they do. I’m sure those premiums are high.

    • Kaylyn Owens

      It was the wrestlers choice to get into the business. It would be nice if they could take a little credit, at least for that much.

  • Aiii

    Not to get too political here, but this is why a developed country needs centralized public health care. So people who need basic meds that improves their daily life can get them without having to beg their former employers for them.

    And no, I’m not from the US so I’m not pushing anyone’s agenda here, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why so many Americans are against this.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      It’s easy to see why so many are against it, at least from the perspective of a person that lives here. We have the dumbest group of people on Earth. The way some of these people vote and think is mind-boggling. Some of the things that people here say about the black guy in the White House makes me sick. The things they say about poor people piss me off. And, to then say that people who can’t find a job shouldn’t receive health care and should just die makes me ashamed to live here.

  • Sdavis1974

    I totaly agree with what he’s saying however if he really want’s too prove a point he could stop wrestleing alltogether if the pain in his uncle’s are that bad so he doesn’t have too take a lot of pain medicene just my opion

  • butterpecs

    He brings up a good point, but at the same time given his track record I can’t help but feel he’s looking for a handout.

    • Guest

      Would that be money, medicine, or medical surgery b/c it sounds like surgery from what he’s saying.  I’m pretty sure the only ppl definitely getting full coverage are the top stars and they negotiate any kind of coverage for the lower card.

  • http://twitter.com/DA_Righteous1 Brian Clark

    WWE should fully endorse DDP Yoga. A lot of wrestlers are speaking highly of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.amo Jon Amo

    Fk bitter Jannetty. This guy got paid 6 figures for about 10 years, jumping off a top rope, and now because his personality is dead and he could no longer make a buck, he wants the WWE to pay for his bills. You think Shawn Michaels is bitching about his medical bills?? 

  • Hotwheelz24

    I can understand where he’s coming from. I raced Motocross for 9 years before breaking 6 vertebra in my back that has left me paralyzed from the waist-down. I’ve had 23 broken bones total (arms, wrists, collar bone, ribs, 1 leg, back, sternum) & 7 major surgeries. I didn’t have any pain medication for a few years & my life was horrible. Getting out of bed was a struggle every morning, I never felt like doing anything because the pain was so severe. My Dr. put me on pain meds & I got my life back. Now I wake up, take a pill, & I feel normal like I did before all these injuries. Yes, there is an extreme amount of danger in becoming addicted because these pills eventually don’t work & you need more & more. You have to work with your Dr. & be totally honest, once you start taking the pills for recreational use & getting high, you have a problem. I admit it’s very hard not to, but we always hear the stories of people who abuse them & not the people who successfully use them with a very strict plan you & your Dr. have. People who are totally against pain meds in MY opinion have never suffered from daily chronic pain. More surgery isn’t always the answer & may just make things worse. The more you cut someone open the more pain they’l likely have. Rehab doesn’t always work (how does rehab make a broken back feel better? it doesn’t, trust me). If these guys have chronic pain from wrestling, they can either have strong will power to not abuse the meds, fall into addiction, or just try to live with it the rest of their life. 

    • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

      Thanks for sharing.  I’m glad you you’re on a regimen that’s helping you.  Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bushwald Sexyface

    One word: Kratom.

    I have chronic jaw pain and have taken everything from Vicodin to Oxycontin to Methadone for the pain I’ve experienced. You could say, at one point, I was addicted to these things. I eventually had some work done that helped the pain for a couple of years until around 6 months ago when it returned. 

    I didn’t want to get back into popping pills all the time to deal with it so I looked for natural alternatives. I came across Kratom while doing the research and decided to give it a shot. Needless to say, I’ve been taking it ever since. It’s not addictive, at least not to me, you can’t overdose on it and it’s a plant our planet produces. It’s also fantastic for anxiety.

    The sad part is that some states are tryinig to ban it. I will never understand why. It’s natural and not a pharmaceutical. Then again, I guess that’s the problem. The government makes no money from it.

    I know marijuana is another alternative but I never had any pain relief from smoking it when I was younger. 

    • Miz-itch

      Ok so this is off topic sort of but I am a chronic pain patient and I take high powered meds and would love to lower my pain w/o meds. I am interested in hearing more about Kratom. I googled it upon reading your post but the net is a little vague about it so I would rather hear more from an actual user. Thanks

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        The only thing I can suggest to you is to try it. Keep in mind that it is natural and not a pill. It requires higher doses to be effective but will not harm you. The most it will do is make someone nauseous much like stronger prescription pain killers can. I have seen people say that they take 8+ capsules at a time but I stay at 5 capsules 2-3 times a day. I’ve read that people will get anxiety relief (which it does provide for me) like I mentioned above and some will even use it before strenuous activities such as working out. If you’ll look up a company called Sylantech, that’s where I get mine from. I’ve not tried the Ultra Enhanced or the 15x because the kind I use is just fine. It’s the Super Premium (which is cheaper than the 2 above). They have a twitter account you can follow for coupon codes and what not plus they will email them occasionally. I’ve had nothing but 100% positive service from them. Indiana has recently banned it and Illiniois is trying to. I believe it’s legal in all other states. There has been an online petition started which I have signed and I would advise everyone to.

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        I also wanted to add, if you try it, order the kind where the capsules are already made. I don’t like having to do it myself and it’s only a couple bucks more to get them premade.

    • http://SEScoops.com/ siberian_skies

      I’m glad you found something to help you with your pain.  I’ll be thinking and praying that you stay pain-free.

    • Drunk Punk

       I use marijuana for chronic pain.  You probably just didn’t find the right strain, but different strokes for different folks!

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        I never got any help with pain no matter what strain it was. But, I know people that it works great for. 

        • Drunk Punk

          I’m sorry to hear about your troubles.  I have never heard of anyone having anything other than positive experiences using the herb.  I am glad to hear you are so open minded.  I did try kratom once, and it had a stimulant-like effect on me.

  • http://twitter.com/spiledrive Spiledrive Crawford

    I’ve suffered wicked injuries just to try and impress the WWE.

  • Kaylyn Owens

    Is anyone even listening to him anymore? I stopped listening to Marty a long time ago.