Is pro wrestling harder than MMA?
Dan “The Beast” Severn has been reflecting on his career a lot lately, since he has announced he will no longer compete in combat sports after 2012.
“Professional wrestling is much more difficult,” said Severn. “I’ve been hurt far worse in the professional wrestling industry than I have been in all of my cage matches.”
“I’ve never claimed to be a fighter — I’m a competitor. You’ve got to get within leg’s reach or arm’s reach to hit me, and if you put that limb out there, I’m going to grab that limb and use it against you. You’ll never see the light of day until I let you loose.”
“What makes me nervous about wrestling is that I have to put my body in someone else’s hands. If that person screws up, it’s me that gets hurt.”
“I say this as a broad stroke: professional wrestling is the biggest band of derelicts, ne’er-do-wells, misfits, nitwits and socially inept individuals ever. There are exceptions. But that’s the way it was when I first got involved, and it still is to this day.”
“If there was a ridiculous amount of money involved, I’d come out of retirement. I am a wrestler after all.”