It sure does seem like wrestlers are getting hurt a lot more than they used to, and the questions are increasing. Why is this happening? Why does it seem like it’s happening all at once? Who’s fault is all of this? And while we’re not doctors and we’re not wrestlers, we do have some observational thoughts on just why it seems like the common trend these days is to see your favorite wrestlers ending up on the shelf for extended periods of time on an increasingly regular basis.
10. Bigger, Stronger, Faster
Simply put, wrestlers are constantly evolving. The big guys are bigger than they were in years past. The small wrestlers are faster. Everyone is stronger. The sheer data that professional athletes have available on how to increase their size, strength, and athleticism has risen exponentially on a yearly basis. The side effect of bigger, stronger, and faster wrestlers translates into everything they do having a higher impact, both on their opponents and themselves. Sure, they’re protecting each other as much as they can, but they’re still running into each other on a regular basis, and even pulled punches make some sort of impact on your body. The fact of the matter is, even in a so-called “fake” sport, wrestlers are just plain hitting each other harder than they used to, and that has to have an effect.