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Posted by Marc Middleton in WWE News
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

posted a blog on his official website largely discussing why he still works for World Wrestling Entertainment:

* “I have never understood how some, vocal fans feel that they have “lost all respect for J.R.” for doing such things as kissing Mr. McMahon’s ass or being a pawn in the /Santina skit. Many have declared that I should have quit my job and “walked off.” I can only imagine that many of these fans are young and have never held regular jobs or have a family to care for.”

* “These uncomfortable moments on TV are just that and are intended to elicit a reaction. These matters are entertainment based and are fictional. It’s like playing a Native American, of which I am one, on a TV western and being scripted to be killed by the Calvary. Can you imagine any actor portraying a Native American refusing to follow the script? Me neither. Certainly they could refuse out of misguided principles but they might find themselves having a hard time finding work.”

* “Others have suggested that I will “be kicked to the curb” as soon as WWE can find someone to replace me. Interesting thought process. I have an entirely different perspective of my work and feel I can still carry my share of the water. When I can’t do so any longer then I need to be “kicked to the curb.” The good news is no one will have to have a benefit for me and my departure won’t be like many in the wrestling business where I won’t have a pot to p*** in or a window of which to throw it out.”

* “After dedicating 35 years of my life to the wrestling business, one would think that some fans would have a different perspective but that is simply the world we live in. I know my style of work isn’t for everyone. I know that some people who hide behind phony names enjoy making fun of my issues with Bells palsy or the fact that I have far from a body builders physique. Poor me, as Tony Soprano used to say.”

* “For the record I am still having a blast at work because I love “calling” wrestling matches and being around the business I have followed, at times too passionately, since I was a young kid and, yes, believe it or not I was a young kid at one time.”

* “Is today’s business my personal cup of tea, not always. But when a guy like me gets to broadcast a HBK- match at an event like that’s pretty much Heaven on Earth for an old school guy like me.”

– From the Associated Press:

Wrestler Benoit’s doctor gets 10 years in prison

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — The personal doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients.

Dr. Phil Astin was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty Jan. 29 to a 175-count federal indictment.

Wrestler killed his family and then himself in 2007 in their suburban Atlanta home. A medical examiner couldn’t say whether the steroids Astin prescribed for Benoit played a role in the deaths.

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp said there was no doubt the 54-year-old Astin tried to help hundreds of patients at his western Georgia clinic. But the judge said he could not overlook the fact that at least two patients died as a result of Astin’s misconduct.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below.

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — The personal doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients.

Dr. Phil Astin was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty Jan. 29 to 175 counts that including illegally distributing prescription drugs.

Wrestler Chris Benoit killed his family and then himself in 2007 in their suburban Atlanta home. A medical examiner couldn’t say whether the steroids Astin prescribed for Benoit played a role in the deaths.

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp said there was no doubt the 54-year-old Astin tried to help hundreds of patients at his western Georgia clinic. But the judge said he could not overlook the fact that two patients died as a result of Astin’s misconduct.

HUGE NEWS ON A NEW JOHN CENA STORYLINE….

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