Jerry Lawler’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Carter Tweets positive brain damage update

This is why Jim Ross says Jerry Lawler is a young soul.

Breaking news, from Stacy Carter’s Twitter account:

For those who need a reminder, Stacy Carter played the roles of The Kat and Miss Kitty on WWF television from 1999 to 2001, while she was Jerry Lawler’s hot young girlfriend. Now she’s his hot, only slightly older friend, and she’s our excuse to post her pictures for you alongside positive updates on Lawler’s health. It’s a win-win-win-win! -Eric

Foley thinks he suffered brain damage, Anderson thinks he… um… oh yeah, suffered brain damage

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This guy has brain damage? *THIS* guy has brain damage? Bullshit, I say!

According to Prowrestling.net, Mick Foley told Michael Landsberg of TSN’s “Off the Record” (it’s Canadian, look it up, and don’t worry, the fact that Canadians don’t wear deodorant doesn’t come across on TV) that he thinks he’s suffered permanent brain damage. (Eric’s note: Duh.) The show has yet to air, but reports say that after Landsberg finished interviewing Foley, the focus turned to Landsberg’s other guests. However, Foley doesn’t stand for this and continues trying to talk over everyone about how he’s an online abuse counselor and a sought-after charity event keynote speaker and that he was recognized at a recent autograph signing and that he ate not one but two Big Jon Tenderloins the other day and, and, and… hey! I’m over here!

In a related story on Prowrestling.net, Mr. Anderson admits to returning to the ring too soon after suffering a concussion at the drug-addled hands of Jeff Hardy. The No. 1 sign of his early return: forgetting everything he and AJ Styles had planned to do in their match. The No. 1 sign of having no business being in a wrestling ring: planning everything you do in your match.

“It was one of the scariest things. I literally couldn’t remember anything and I couldn’t think. I’m usually pretty good on my feet and I couldn’t think of anything to do. It was kind of a scary situation and I went back to the locker room and I told (agent) D-Lo (Brown) about it and he said ‘you’re going home tomorrow.'”

Unfortunately, someone will tell him to come back. -Eric

CNN.com reports Chris Nowinski’s findings, he can kiss WWE HoF goodbye!

This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!

"This is your brain... this is your brain on TGI FRIDAYS! WOOOOO!"

CNN.com today has a feature-length story about the long-term damage to the brains of athletes who have suffered concussions. The findings come from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTSE), which receives and studies dead athletes’ brains solicited by the Sports Legacy Institute, started by former WWE wrestler and “Tough Enough” contestant Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu (their last names sound like an argument). The story quotes Nowinski’s inspiration for starting the foundation:

In one moment, his dreams of a long career wrestling were dashed by a kick to his chin. That kick, which caused Nowinski to black out and effectively ended his career, capped a career riddled with concussions.

“My world changed,” said Nowinski. “I had depression. I had memory problems. My head hurt for five years.”

Nowinski began searching for studies, and what he found startled him.

“I realized when I was visiting a lot of doctors, they weren’t giving me very good answers about what was wrong with my head,” said Nowinski. “I read [every study I could find] and I realized there was a ton of evidence showing concussions lead to depression, and multiple concussion can lead to Alzheimer’s.”

The story also says five out of five brains studied by CTSE show the damaging effects (known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE) of multiple concussions (a two-photo slide show is available on this page and, yuck, that beat-up brain is in bad shape), and that “the [protein] tangles [in the damaged brains] closely resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.” No wonder Chris Benoit killed his wife and kid Sophia on “The Golden Girls” was always angry.

According to the article, the NFL’s official statement (*yawn*) says “Hundreds of thousands of people have played football and other sports without experiencing any problem of this type and there continues to be considerable debate within the medical community on the precise long-term effects of concussions and how they relate to other risk factors.” I’m sure Vince McMahon’s reaction to the findings will be slightly less diplomatic, knocking papers out of everyone’s hands and then shouting, “Now ask me a question! Huh? Huh? Awww, you gonna cry?” -Eric

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