Wrestling is hard. The business isn’t just taxing on the mental state of its performers, but physically debilitating at times. In many cases wrestlers are forced to work intense schedules performing five nights a week, every week of the year. When normal civilians get hurt we have a chance to recover, but not a wrestling star. With the kind of schedule that a WWE star has, it’s easy to understand how a simple sprained ankle can turn into a completely fractured foot, or in more severe cases (like for CM Punk), a small lump can turn into a full-on staph infection.
Not all wrestlers fall victim to the injury bug, as many have enjoyed long careers without many injuries. Some make efforts to wrestle in such a manner so that they can enjoy multiple decades long careers, and others are just plain lucky. In either case it’s hard to predict who and when injury will strike. Because of that, today we will be looking at history, and specifically profiling eight wrestlers who are never hurt and seven who are always injured.
As always feel free to leave us your opinions in the comments section, and let us know who we may have forgotten to add.
8. Always Healthy: The Miz
Despite starting off as a bit of a joke, The Miz has put together a nice career for himself in the world of professional wrestling. Over the past 10 years, Miz has held gold in the WWE 14 times, including an impressive 160 day reign as the WWE Champion. Even more remarkable than his track record, is the fact that Miz has never been injured in the WWE. Sure he’s had some teeth knocked out here or there, and has suffered from bruises, but overall the former WWE Champion has been in good health. His “safe” style of wrestling was brought to the forefront recently during a verbal spat between The Miz and Dainel Bryan on an episode of Talking Smack. During the confrontation Miz acknowledged his style, and attributed his long successful career to wrestling that way.
7. Always Hurt: Triple H
Though Triple H looks great for his age, the COO of the WWE has been hit with a number of gruesome injuries during his career. Before even becoming The Game, Hunter Hearst Helmsley destroyed his knee during a Ladder Match against The Rock for the Intercontinental Championship in 1998. The injury forced Trips to relinquish the title, and took time off to recover. The Game’s most iconic injury took place on a 2001 episode of RAW, where he tore his quadriceps muscle off of his bone. The injury was supposed to end his career, but only took eight months to recover from.
Triple H was the only main event level Attitude Era star who didn’t abandon the company during the 2000s, and thus put a bunch of extra pressure on his body, leading to many nagging injuries at the time. The former WWE Champion has since had to take time off in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010 to recuperate from injuries.
7. Always Healthy: Kane
A consistent talking point among most WWE alumni, is that all of them loved working with Kane. Not only is Kane one of the safest wrestlers to work with in the ring, but the seven foot monster also makes sure that he takes care of himself. Maybe his safe style is what has led to Kane maintaining a 20 year career in the WWE, having played one character for most of that time. Luckily for Kane, his character didn’t have to take as many bumps as some of the other smaller main eventers on the card. Sure he’d eat a Stone Cold Stunner here, and a Rock Bottom there, but for the most part, Kane played the role of an unstoppable monster. I’m a bit surprised however that Kane’s right knee is still intact though, seeing how he has landed on it for about a million pedigrees over the years.
6. Always Hurt: Kevin Nash
So Kevin Nash is on this list because despite being 57 years old, the WWE Hall of Famer still books indie events. Nash has become somewhat of a legend in the internet wrestling community, with the former WWE Champion serving as the butt of many injury jokes. While it’s true that Nash did suffer from what seemed like endless injuries during his WWE return in 2002, the idea that he was always injured is exaggerated. What’s true however, is the fact that Nash blew out his biceps in 2002, missing two months of in-ring time.
During his first match back, Nash would eventually blow out his quadriceps, keeping him out of action for an additional nine months. Shortly after reemerging in the WWE, Nash again would have to take time off for neck surgery, solidifying his legacy as the most injury prone member of the nWo originals. Oh, and if Kevin Nash is reading this… try not to tear your quad before getting to the end of the article.
6. Always Healthy: Ric Flair
Even though over his career he has lost enough blood to fill a Red Cross Blood Bank, Ric Flair has miraculously never been seriously injured in the ring. It literally took a plane crash in 1975 to sideline Flair, and even then he was back in the ring within eight months. Throughout his nearly 50 year career, it’s crazy to think that The Nature Boy has never been really hurt, and even doctors have commented on it as a miracle. During a podcast Ric Flair said the following in regards to his health:
“I don’t have any health issues. Everybody else has hips and knees…They tested me for four hours. The doctors said ‘there’s something wrong with you, has to be,’ and I said ‘yeah, it’s called an hour Broadway every night brother.’ The guy looked at me and said that I was a medical miracle.”