Well if you notice they were not kicking me that hard lol.
Still looks painful to me. When you got dropped on your back in the beginning against the Irish dude I was feeling it. Scripted or not, I couldn't do what you do and look good doing it. Then again, I'm 5' 9" and like 180 pounds, so I'm ill-equipped.
Have you ever just let a move get away from you and really hurt somebody bad during a match? Or had it done to you? How do you guys handle something like that if it happens?
That move was called a back drop. It wasn't executed perfectly but still look decent.
I've actually never hurt anyone before (which is a good thing) and I've only once been directly injured because of a move in a match. This dude kicked me directly on my left knee from the side and I tore something in there. This was '04 and needed surgery.
Cumulatively even doing it right the bruises add up to real injuries. I've had 3 Knee surgeries (2 left and 1 right), with the most recent one being in Feb or this year. I've sprained both ankles numerous times, dislocated my hip and shoulder, broke a few fingers, stuff like that. But generally we are trained to be safe. At the same time "safe" doesn't mean it should look bad though.
So we still do hit each other pretty hard. There's just a difference between hitting SO HARD that you hurt them, and hitting them JUST ENOUGH to hurt and make contact but not injure them. That's why we train so much.