In a tragedy that is becoming all-too commonplace in our fractured nation, a man plummeted 40 feet from atop a steel cage to a table below this week, once again sparking the divisive debate over cage control.
“How many more people have to get hurt before we start outlawing foot-holes in the side of the Hell in a Cell cage?” pleaded former wrestler Mick Foley, himself a victim of cage violence.
“I’m not suggesting we ban all cages, or take cages away from law-abiding citizens who have a permit for them,” added Foley. “But the cage-plummeting rate is 800 percent higher in the U.S. than any other country on Earth, and cages are unnecessarily tall — taller than they were in my day. Something has to change.”
The powerful pro-cage lobby, however, insists that falling from — or throwing someone else from — a steel cage is every American’s constitutional right. The National Cage Association (NCA) says Hell in a Cell matches are protected by the 73rd amendment, which also safeguards the ownership and use of kendo sticks, trash cans, sledgehammers and elimination chambers.
US President Donald Trump is clearly on the side of right-wing cage enthusiasts — an alignment that has led to allegations of collusion between the White House and America’s largest purchaser of steel cages, World Wrestling Entertainment.
Cage-control activists are optimistic, however, that political pressure may result in at least a temporary ban, like it did with the piledriver and unprotected chairshots to the head.