With the recent proclamation by Kanye West that Bipolar Disorder is his superpower, we here at Massive Phobia wanted to bring the rest of the public back down to earth from what we consider an irresponsible statement. For every Kanye West, three other people are struggling just to live. Since we love wrestling on this website, we thought to share a little bit about wrestlers that we know of that battle Bipolar Disorder.
We were big fans of Chris Kanyon back in the day and loved his catchphrase ‘Who Better Than Kanyon?!’, but Kanyon battled Bipolar Disorder and his internal struggle was something we didn’t see on TV. He struggled with being a closeted gay man in the wrestling business, and then with depression after injuries took a toll on his career. Eventually, his depression hole sunk pretty deep and he took his own life at the age of 4o.
The one and only Sweet & Sour Larry Sweeney battled the highs and lows of Bipolar Disorder, and in our opinion, would have been one of the best managers of all time as his charisma was off the charts and most likely was a result of his Bipolar highs. Sadly, during a low period, he wasn’t able to get the help he needed and took his own life at the age of 30 years old.
A wrestling legend who was known to be a bit of a loose cannon, but also a sweetheart at the same time. Her character scared us to death, and that’s the sign of someone doing their job perfectly in the wrestling world. After her career was over, Vachon became addicted to pain pills, and sadly passed away due to an overdose at the age of 48.
A fantastic female wrestler and former WWE Women’s Champion. She’s currently thriving and has even written a book about her career and her battle with Bipolar Disorder.
One of the best play by play announcers in the wrestling business and a Bipolar warrior. He’s been very open with his battle and has taken time off from WWE TV when needed if he’s found himself in the lows of depression. He’s stated that every day is a constant battle, and even when he’s just had a perfect performance, his inner critic is doing its best to bring him down. But Ranallo keeps on fighting every day.
This hasn’t been the usual upbeat version of Bad Poetry, but we felt it necessary that people know not to romanticize mental illness, as it’s a day to day struggle, and for some, minute to minute. So if you’re wrestling with Bipolar Disorder, this piece of Bad Poetry is just for you.
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