Fly­ing DeAn­gelo

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Vet­eran run­ning back DeAn­gelo Wil­liams (Wynne) tried his hand at wrestling over the week­end. It could have gone hor­ri­bly wrong for him.

Wil­liams, par­tic­i­pat­ing in Im­pact Wrestling’s Slam­miver­sary XV on Sun­day, capped a tagteam match he par­tic­i­pated in by climb­ing to the top rope and jump­ing from the turn­buckle. Wil­liams’ tar­get was ly­ing on a fold­ing ta­ble.

So Wil­liams hit the body on the ta­ble with his torso, and his head went past the ta­ble and slammed onto the mat. Wil­liams lit­er­ally could have bro­ken his neck.

“This is what hap­pens when it’s real and peo­ple think it’s fake,” Wil­liams said on Twit­ter, post­ing the video of the climb, jump, land­ing and even­tual pin. “But the money is real.”

Much of wrestling is fake, but the stunts are real, and the risk of se­ri­ous in­jury is al­ways present. While it’s un­clear how Wil­liams was sup­posed to prop­erly land when jump­ing onto a large hu­man ly­ing on a flimsy por­ta­ble ta­ble, it’s safe to as­sume he wasn’t sup­posed to take a header onto the mat.

So, yes, the dan­ger is real. Per­haps even more real than it is in the NFL, which could still come call­ing for Wil­liams once in­juries to other tail­backs oc­cur.

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