Did concussions play a part in WWE not signing Nigel McGuinness?
One possible reason WWE backed off on signing Nigel McGuinness (now known as Desmond Wolfe in TNA) after having agreed to a verbal deal last month is his history of concussions, Alex Marvez wrote in his syndicated wrestling column a couple days ago.
Several wrestling Web sites reported earlier this week that McGuinness had failed WWE’s pre-screening medical exam, although there were no specifics. McGuinness, however, has gone on record as saying that the deal with WWE fell through because the company made a business decision.
“I had a clean bill of health from my orthopedic guy and my local doctor, so it’s not about that,” McGuiness told The Daily Star (U.K). “I don’t hold anything against [WWE]. It was a business decision, and they were only doing what they think is best for them.”
Marvez wrote that McGuinness told him in a telephone interview earlier this year that he had suffered at least “two or three” concussions, but he wasn’t certain of the exact number.
“I'm not making fun of it, but I do forget a lot of times,” McGuinness told Marvez in January. “I remember sometimes earlier in my career where I would get into a car at night and see bright lights in the sky. After one match with [Austin] Aries, I had to take the next night off and for a good week or so I couldn’t walk without stumbling. ... The weird thing is you don't know how many you can take before you suffer serious, permanent damage. ...
“It's something I need to worry about. Unfortunately in this business, there's only so much you can do.”
TNA does not test for concussions, according to Marvez.
In addition to his concussions, McGuinness suffered a torn biceps in 2007 and an arm injury last March. In regard to the latter, McGuinness opted to take time off rather than undergo surgery.