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Old 01-29-2017, 01:25 PM
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Default A unique case of Wrestlers on Lloyd's of London

Just a few questions I'd like to ask:

-1) How many wrestlers have taken out a policy with Lloyds of London?

-2) How many currently have one?

-3) Why would Lloyd's take the risk to insure a pro wrestler?

Personally, I'm not really sure how many guys really had a Lloyd's of London policy. It's probably like wrestling's version of Social Security welfare checks or wrestling's own version of the invalid's benefit/disability pension.

The ones who had the medical insurance policy were most likely Curt Hennig (broken tailbone), Road Warrior Animal (not sure what the official diagnosis was for his back injury, but he did take time off from 1992 to 1996) and Rick Rude (neck and back injuries suffered vs Sting in 1994). I don't know who else was on Lloyd's of London policy, but the only one besides those three was Shawn Michaels (out on back injury at the time).

Many fans have had at various points of their perceived career-ending injuries (except for Rude who was the only one of the lot with a genuine career-ending injury despite training for a comeback in the WWF in 1999) missed Hennig, Animal and Rude while they all took a long time to recuperate from their long-term injuries. Despite Hennig's issues with substance abuse, he was beloved and never really had a reputation for being a difficult person to work with, so therefore, Hennig was actually a pleasant worker to enjoy being around, drugs or no drugs; Rude was an awesome family man who covered his wedding ring with tapings and had been a good mentor when Kevin Nash broke into the wrestling business in WCW '91 as Oz and other horrible gimmicks Kevin Sullivan saddled him with, and even if Hawk struggled with his drug addictions at the end of his career and life, at least Animal was a good buddy for him all these years throughout.

The same couldn't even be said for Michaels who was branded as a difficult person who was at his lowest point in his life due to his life of drugs and now his back injury courtesy of a casket backbody drop by Undertaker at Royal Rumble '98. Even Triple H couldn't deal with the fact that he can't stand his own best friend buddy any longer by then, and it made it easier for Vince to send him away on hiatus without having to cater to his demands while Austin, Rock, Taker, HHH, Foley, Kane and Sable were going to be pushed as the Attitude cornerstones. Everyone in the WWF world by 1998 actually enjoyed success business-wise to the point that they never really missed having Michaels actually perform in the Attitude Era as a full-time wrestler. He was limited to non-wrestling roles through commentary, special guest referee and WWF commissioner.

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