Pro wrestling takes a lot of trust when you’re in the ring with someone. A wrestler must rely on their opponent not to hurt them, and Arn Anderson can remember one time when that did not happen.
During the ARN podcast, he discussed an event that took place in 1993. Maxx Payne botched a suplex on Brian Knobbs, forcing the Nasty Boy’s feet to land over his head as Payne did not rotate his body on purpose. This is an inexcusable act for Anderson.
“If Knobbs hadn’t have been a jellyfish with no muscle whatsoever protecting him, just limber as you could possibly be, he’d have probably have killed him. It’s the worst bump I’ve ever seen. Unbelievable. Max kind of let those guys know that night. It scared the sh*t out of me. And it was mostly Knobbs [causing problems], as usual, it wasn’t Sags. But, brother, it was nasty looking. I felt bad for Knobbs.”
Thankfully, there was no immediate injury after the botched move. It is also a startling reminder of how much wrestlers must trust their opponents because they need each other in a symbiotic relationship of sorts. It does not good to injure the person you’re working with because that could mean that both wrestlers are out of a job.