April 14, 2013
Worst injuries in pro wrestling
By QMI Agency
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING SHOWS VIDEO OF INJURIES SUFFERED DURING WRESTLING MATCHES, SOME OF WHICH MAY BE DISTURBING.
Jan. 14, 2001: Sid Vicious suffered a compound fracture during a four-corners match against Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett and Road Warrior Animal for the WCW Championship at the Sin pay-per-view. Sid jumped off the top rope to give Steiner a boot to the face. Upon landing his other leg, however, he broke his tibia and fibula.
This video is not for the squeamish.
Aug. 3, 1997: During a WWE Intercontinental Championship match, Stone Cold Steve Austin suffered a broken neck after a botched pile driver by Owen Hart. Austin was able to finish the match, even pinning Hart, but had to be helped to the back room. Austin suffered temporary paralysis as a result of the injury. His next match wasn’t until Nov. 9, 1997.
Feb. 12, 2012: At TNA pay-per-view Against All Odds, Jesse Sorensen suffered a broken neck in a match against Zema Ion. Attempting a springboard moonsault toward the outside of the ring, Ion’s knees connected with Sorensen’s head. The impact compressed Sorensen’s cervical vertebrae and fractured his C-1 vertebra.
Oct. 5, 1999: WWE’s Droz, wrestling under the name Puke, was paralyzed after breaking two bones in his neck during a match against D’Lo Brown. When Brown attempted a running power bomb, he wasn’t able to get a good grip and Droz wasn’t able to execute a proper jump to assist with the move. Brown also slipped on a drink thrown into the ring by a fan. Droz has since regained most of the use of his upper body.
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Dec. 1990: Charles Austin, known as a jobber in pro wrestling, was partially paralyzed after a WWE tag-team match with Lanny Poffo against The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty). Jannetty executed finishing move the Rocker Dropper and Austin tucked in his neck, resulting in a broken neck.
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May 21, 2001: Triple H and Steve Austin were defending their Tag Team Championship against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit on an episode of WWE Raw. While Jericho had Austin in the Walls of Jericho, Triple H ran to break it up and his left quadtriceps muscle tore right off the bone in his leg. Despite the injury, Triple H completed the match. He was kept out of action for eight months.
Feb. 6, 1990: Sting suffered a torn patella tendon, the result of a freak accident. While attempting to interrupt a cage match featuring the Four Horsemen at Clash of Champions X. Sting was held back by security on his way to the ring and the injury appears to occur shortly after his arrival.
Nov. 27, 1986: NWA’s Starrcade saw a scafold match between The Midnight Express and Road Warriors. Jim Cornette of The Express climbed over the edge of a scaffold and dangled from underneath before dropping approximately 20 feet to the ring. When he landed, one of Cornette’s knees buckled inward, tearing the ligaments within.
This video is also not for the sqeamish.
Jan. 19, 1998: At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels faced The Undertake in a casket match. At one point, The Undertaker performed a back-body drop of Michaels to the outside of the ring. The edge of the casket caught Michaels in his lower spine and he suffered two herniated discs. Michaels still completed the match. The injury would eventually force Michaels into his first retirement.
Oct. 1, 2007: During a match on WWE Raw with Mr. Kennedy, John Cena suffered a torn pectoral muscle while executing a hip toss. Cena finished the match, including post-match theatrics with Randy Orton. It was later revealed the muscle was torn completely off the bone. Cena made a surprising return to action Jan. 27, 2008 at the Royal Rumble.
Jan. 30, 2005: During the WWE pay-per-view event, Royal Rumble 2005, there was a dispute as to who won the match. Both John Cena and Batista went over the top rope and the referees were split on who the winner was. A furious Vince McMahon entered but ended up tearing both of his quadriceps muscles as he went into the ring, finishing his speech in a sitting position.
Dec. 19, 1999: Bret Hart suffered a serious concussion during WCW pay-per-view event Starrcade after taking a boot to the face from Goldberg. Unaware of the severity of the injury, Hart continued to compete in future matches. He was forced to retire due to the injury in October 2000.
March 16, 1994: Mick Foley, wrestling under the name Cactus Jack, was wrestling Vader in Munich, Germany as part of a WCW European tour. Foley performed a hangman, where a wrestler's head is tangled between the top two ring ropes. As he untangled himself, two thirds of his ear was torn off.
June 28, 1998: Another Mick Foley incident. While wrestling as Mankind at the WWE's King of the Ring pay-per-view event in 1998, he was thrown from the top of the Hell In A Cell cage by The Undertaker onto an announce table below. What's more Foley was at the wrong end of another high-impact move and was choke slammed through the top of the cage to the ring below. He suffered a dislocated jaw, bruised kidney, concussion, missing teeth and had a huge gash under his lip.
Dec. 23, 1999: During WCW Thunder, Goldberg smashed the windows of nWo's limousine as part of a bit. While breaking one window, he suffered a severe cut to his right forearm. The injury was so bad he ended up missing five months of action.
Feb. 1990: At a JPW versus NJPW supercard show, Vader faced Stan Hansen. During an exchange, Hansen accidentally poked Vader in his eye, causing it to pop out of its socket. Vader took a moment to take off his mask, trying to put his eye back in place. Afterward, he continued to wrestle.
This video is not for the squeamish.
Nov. 1994/Dec. 1998: ECW wrestler Sabu suffered a broken neck -- twice. The first was against Chris Beniot in November 1994 where Sabu was thrown and unable to land properly. The next was in December 1998 against Taz where Sabu took a Taz-Plex through a table and landed improperly.
The video below is of the latter injury.