WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas recently recounted a harrowing in-ring injury and the shocking response it received from Vince McMahon.
During an interview with Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Atlas shared a chilling incident involving Marty Jannetty, who unintentionally injured Chuck Austin in December 1990 while teaming with Shawn Michaels as part of The Rockers. The move, known as the Rocker Dropper, went awry due to Austin’s lack of training, resulting in a broken neck and immediate paralysis.
In a candid account, Atlas disclosed Vince McMahon’s ruthless reaction to the gravely injured Chuck Austin. According to Atlas, McMahon callously ordered for Austin to be removed from the ring, showing a shocking lack of concern for the injured performer’s well-being. Recalling McMahon’s words, Atlas stated:
When Shawn Michaels and Mart Jannetty hurt that kid, yeah I was there and I remember Vince [McMahon] said ‘Get him out of the damn ring he’s holding up the show.’
Why Did Vince McMahon Have Surgery Recently?
Vince McMahon recently underwent life-altering spinal surgery and the cause of his surgery was due to his frequent intense gym workouts. Some had speculated that the surgery was actually for his neck, following a surgery that took place in 1994. However, the surgery was actually on his back due to injuries sustained from years of heavy squats.
McMahon still wishes to perform heavy squats despite being 78 years old and while the movement is a great full-body exercise that builds muscle and strengthens tendons, bones, and ligaments around the leg muscle, frequent heavy squats can lead to spinal and knee issues.
H/t to itrwrestling.net