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April 6, 2011

Triple H, The Undertaker fined for chair shot at WrestleMania XXVII

Both Triple H and The Undertaker were fined by WWE for the chair shot to the head that occurred during their match Sunday at WrestleMania XXVII.

WWE banned chair shots to the head a year ago as part of its concussion program.

It appeared that The Undertaker got his hand up just before contact was made when Triple H swung the chair. WWE’s policy states that “the intentional use of a folding metal chair to strike an opponent in the head” is prohibited.

WWE did not disclose the amount of the fine.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 11:34 AM | | Comments (23)


So if both of them were fined, does that mean HHH & UT decided in advance to stage a chairshot without telling anyone else?

Otherwise, I don't get fining both guys. Seems harsh to fine someone for taking a chairshot. Did the NFL fine the guys who get hit in the head because they should have ducked?

HAHA! Is that supposed to be a joke?? Next they'll be fining someone for actually bleeding in the ring. I'm 40 now, and though I hate to admit it, I'm probably slowly getting bored with the WWE because of that, but the WWE product is getting more vanilla by the day.

I first started really watching wrestling back around '82-83, when on Channel 20, I watched Snuka getting busted open (fake blood?) by Ray Stevens. Even through the '80s with "Hulkamania", and they're being the traditional good guys and heels that were cartoonish like characters, I don't remember the product being this watered down.

You two products now that are seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum; the WWE which now doesn't push the envelope with anything and is incredibly generic, and then you have TNA which goes out of its way for sexual innuendo, foul language, and blood at every turn to push the envelope too much.

I'm starting to wonder now if the WWE didn't have a MIB match at Wrestlemania because they didn't want anyone falling off the ladder and hurting themselves. Good grief. I don't know, maybe the WWE has subtly waved the white flag and admitted that they've lost the 18-40 demographic they had during the "Attitude" era, to MMA. Now it's 12 and under target audience.

I don't understand why Undertaker is also fined but meh...

Anyways, if even the simple action to strike in the head is restricted and fined, then i'd like to re-point out that Cena did use a head chairshot on Husky Harris before his match against Wade Barett at TLC.

Before I say what I'm going to say here, the performer's safety is paramount. It's not 1975 anymore where no one cares about them. But...

Part of what has hurt wrestling/sports entertainment is that fact that a lot of spots that portray violence have been so watered down. If someone can't stand someone else and gets in a knockdown drag-out brawl, someone is going to get messed up. Someone will bleed, someone will go all-out to win i.e. a chair shot or big hit to the head. You don't want it overdone like Ric Flair blading all the time; but in a true grudge match, some of these things - even if simulated - just seem necessary to add to the drama of the situation and portray the "hatred" between the performers just like in a movie.

UT and HHH are professionals. They knew exactly how choreograph a chair shot to the head and did it in the safest manner possible. Unlike the Ken Anderson situation, these two knew how to properly do it and it was one of the most memorable moments of the night. I had to watch it a few times before I saw UT got his hands up for the block and I've been watching wrestling for 30 years. It was that well done by two top-notch professionals.

Do some of the most iconic moments in wrestling have the same impact if there was no blood or "excessive violence"? I think about matches like Magnum T.A/Tully Blanchard's legendary I Quit Match, The Austin/Hart match where Austin was bleeding and passed out, the Mick Foley chair shots from the Rock, Ricky Steamboat being hung over the top rope, Sean Michaels throwing Marty Jannetty into the mirror and so on and how forgettable the matches or the feuds would have been without the violent content.

There are certainly risks that need not be taken. But given all the special effects and choreographers out there, can't someone figure out how to incorporate these actions into matches without people getting seriously hurt or scarred like Dusty Rhodes? It's hard enough to suspend belief in this entertainment genre. But if the Miz plants John Cena's face into a steel-grated walkway or someone gets their forehead raked across a steel cage, they're going to bleed and to ask people to think that they won't is ridiculous.

Being a wrestling fan, you have to accept some of the over-the-top goofy stuff. But taking all of the violent element away by not demonstrating realistic actions and results of those actions really damages the product and lowers the intensity level. The object of a match is to hurt someone so badly they can't move for three seconds or submit and that takes violence. HHH and UT knew that and that was why they were willing to risk the chair shot and take the fines. And it helped them steal the show. All the punishment that UT and HHH took ruined the Cena/Miz match just because you saw what those two went through (with or without the chair shot) and then Cena and Miz couldn't answer the bell in a championship match they both so desparately wanted to win after a clothesline over a padded rail. Really? HHH and UT kept going after UT flew OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE RING FLOOR. Hence the problem WWE has created.

I hope that WWE takes a cue from this and realizes that part of what made their best match by far at this year's Wrestlemania was proper stunt coordination of something that wasn't PG and figure out how to move that line a little to make their product better.

I think setting an example on the WWE's top players is going to let the others no in the locker room that it's an equal playing field and take it all that much more seriously; that is, these top dogs can be punished than, they mean business and we can too. I think it's more of sending a message.

LOL! Kevin, what did you think of Tough Enough?! ROFLMFAO! Please make a blog on it. I want everyone's thoughts about the show. I'm so glad they got rid of NXT and brought this show back. I just finished watching it.

Get Real: Paul and MARK -both- are seasoned veterans that know EXACTLY what they are doing - for their audience.
Meanwhile, the E, issues an Apter-like
(read: Kayfabe) "Press-release".

Is this some kind of joke I mean even though WWE is now a rated PG show the company should not fine any wrestlers just because of a chair shot I mean that's part of the wrestling business and they should not fine undertaker because he was not the one with the chair in the first place.

I was surprised when Triple H delivered a chair shot to Undertaker's head. The repeated chair shots to Undertaker's back reminded me of all the shots Steve Austin gave The Rock during their match at WrestleMania X-Seven. The chair shot to the head added an air of violent desperation to the match; it showed that Triple H was willing to do anything to win, even if it means breaking major company rules. The spot was effective to that end.

Both men were fined? Does this mean that HHH and Undertaker planned this no-no before the match, as Bret Hart and Steve Austin had done (Austin's blood) before Wrestlemania 13? Apparently, WWE thinks that it was more than just a case of mistiming.

I think some people are confused about the reason for the fine and the chairshots policy. I don't believe it's necessarily to do with the PG rating, or at least not just for that reason - it's the danger from repeated concussions that's come to the fore in the wake of the Benoit case.

I don't know the exact rule, but I do think it might be a bit harsh in this case, as it wasn't unprotected. But on the other hand, WWE is a large corporation with responsibilities, and is probably conscious that they need to be seen to take a strong stance on this, or run the risk of accusations of double standards and different rules for the top guys/the big events if they didn't act in this case.

Good for WWE. Anybody that diagrees with the fine needs to look at Chris Benoit. The unprotected chair shots, coupled with the flying headbutts that he did on a regular basis, caused his brain to look like that of an 80 year old man (To be clear, I'm not saying that chair shots led to the Benoit murders). That's not a condition that men in their 40s should be in. The shots that Undertaker took to his back on Sunday were hard enough. His head did not need to be hit. I agree with past comments you've made, Kevin. Some wrestling fans really are the lowest common denominator. If you can't enjoy wrestling without unprotected chair shots, then stop watching. I think cleaning up someone's blood in the middle of a match is stupid, but blading or a minor accidental cut is not nearly as fatal as an unprotected chair shot to the head. Fining Triple H and Undertaker sends a good message: no one is exempt from the rule. WWE did the right thing.

Before adding my $0.02, I must again point out my appreciation for the quality of opinion so often expressed here. Mr. Eck, you attract a seasoned, literate clientele.

I think the product oeverall has been "edgier" the last 5 or 6 months -- really since Linda's political aspirations went kaput, however much all involved denied any such connection during the campaign.

Even before the return of the Rock and his famous phrases, there was the Daniel Bryan "firing," the Paul Bearer stuff, a lot of the Vickie hate has had some "tone," Lawler's even retro-ed that Bozo the Clown without make-up act he'd been delivering for so long.

Good old-fashioned chair shot and a fine that might be a "work"? Just seems like the next logical step. (At least until Linda files some more papers!?!)

I actually think steroids had nothing to do with the Benoit murders. It had to do with brain damage caused by chair shots, headbutts, etc. But the medical examiner refused to check the brain damage because it wasn't politically expedient. They want to blame steroids. Now, I have never and will never take steroids, and I don't recommend anyone do (and if I found out a player of mine was on them I would go ape crap) but watch the documentary "Bigger Stronger, Faster" for a better perspective.

Take it out of their profit sharing. Big deal.

Hw win between triple h vs undertaker


While I hear you're saying, I don't think you got the gist of my points.

UT didn't sit there and take a chairshot directly to his head. Because he and HHH are professionals, they knew how to do the spot so he could protect himself and not take the direct hit.

It doesn't and should be like Mick Foley being handcuffed and taking the beating to his head without protection. But I will guarantee that when Mick and The Rock did it, they had it planned out all the way.

What happened to Ken Anderson and his concussion was stupidity. They should never have done a spot with clean shot to the back of the head. It was dangerous and foolish.

The key to taking that leap is properly coordinating the spots. You don't want a guy to blade? Use a capsule or some sort of make-up/special effects to create an illusion of blood. It can't be that hard.

And the spots like that should be used in special situations. Train the performers properly, be innovative in the execution and save it for when you really need to make an impact in a match or storyline.

All that I'm saying is that there is a place to tell the story stuff like that should happen or it doesn't make sense. Find a safe and smart way to do it without jeopardizing the performers.

i find it hard to believe that the NO. 3 man in the company was fined any amount of money i want to know who collected it from him his wife or his father in law and if so what was done with it they put it in the a college fund for the kids what a joke.

Hmmm, makes me wonder what kind of fine HHH would have gotten if he had used the sledge hammer on UT head. Just sayin.......

Just to clarify, the chairshot to the back of Anderson's head was not intentional. In fact, Hardy was swinging for his back, not his head. The top of the chair clipped the back of his head. So, it's not like Hardy or TNA intended for that to happen. It was just supposed to be a shot to the back and Hardy slipped a bit in his accuracy.

Yeah, I saw UT get his hand up. But it didn't look like he got it up high enough or fast enough. No matter how professional they are (and that really only means they get paid for doing what they do), stuff happens.

And I wouldn't be too sure that Vince did fine Trips. Maybe Steph didn't want to be married to a vegetable.

Using the sledgehammer wouldn't have mattered. If you've watched the way he uses it, I can't think of any instance where he might actually have hurt anyone with it. Typically he puts his hand over the head and then pushes it at the person. There's no real strength behind it and never any danger.

Seriously, are you kidding me, that is so stupid!

This makes me lose hope for WWE. If two of the biggest professionals of all time, in the biggest event of the year, can't get away with this...

I understand the safety issue and the awareness of long term health effects from the Beniot case, but this is absurd. Only people who have the training and experience should do things like these, and HHH and UT are those people. Sports Entertainment is suppose to be a balance of scripted and acted violence, and being safe to a paticular degree while doing it. I'm not saying everyone should be Mick Foley level because he did more than what was expected, but if you choose to career in this business you should know the hazards AND your own limitations, which again, HHH & UT know, they're professionals.

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