Now we all know that Professional wrestling is 50% acting and 125% athletic and gymnastic skill!
However, their is a story being perpetuated by a few diehards, regarding the match Andy (Lata Gavas of Taxi fame) Kaufman had with a pro wresler years ago. He was nailed with "piledriver" and suffered pretty bad neck injuries (so the story goes).
More recently, Jim Carrie, who is playing Andy, in a movie, was replaying this match with the same wresler and during the scene, sustained the same injury as Andy. The story goes that Jim "dissed" the wresler, who than proceeded to do a number on Jim!
Our own Bill Bauchnect retold this story to me the other day and I argued that:
1. No studio would allow an actor to do his own stunt for such a "potential" dangerous move. and
2. If the "piledriver" move was actually used "for real", it would break the person's neck and/or back!
Any thought on this? Knowing how powerful these guys are, the only way Andy or Jim could have survived a piledriver was to have the wrestler use the "rehearsed" and safer technique. By the way. . . I don't think Jim could have done this stunt, even if he wanted to. Comments????