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15 of the Most Tragic Moments in Wrestling History

Professional wrestling is the subject of jokes and criticisms from people who love to point out that it is a “fake” sport. The action inside of the ring may be unplanned, but the tragic moments that have occurred throughout wrestling history have been real. It made international headlines when Owen Hart plummeted to his death during a WWE pay-per-view and Hart's tragic passing led many to wonder why a wrestling company would even consider attempting such an unnecessary stunt. That type of moment will thankfully never be recreated at another event. It's just too bad that policy came as a result of the loss of a human being.

Not all of the tragic moments in wrestling history involved wrestlers dying in front of fans at a show. The Ultimate Warrior and the WWE were not on speaking terms for a long time, and the two had taken public shots at each other. That relationship was repaired leading up to WrestleMania XXX, as Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before that edition of WrestleMania. Warrior's return to the WWE would include only one other appearance at an event, as Warrior tragically and sadly passed away not long after he was honored by the company.

With that in mind, we'll take a look at the most tragic moments in wrestling history.

15 Magnum T.A. Accident 

via 411mania.com

14 The End of ECW and WCW 

via prowrestling.wikia.com

13 The Plane Crash 

via steelbeltwrestling.com

12 Bruiser Brody 

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11 Darren Drozdov Paralyzed 

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10 Bret Hart Kicked 

via youtube.com

9 The Von Erich Family 

via thescoopblog.dallasnews.com

8 Mitsuharu Misawa Death 

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

7 Perro Aguayo Jr. Death 

via espn.com.mx

6 Macho Man Death 

via sports.espn.go.com

5 Brian Pillman Death 

via reddit.com

4 Eddie Guerrero Death 

via giantbomb.com

3 The Ultimate Warrior Death 

via forbes.com

2 Owen Hart Death 

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

1 Chris Benoit Tragedy 

via wrestlingforum.com

One could say that there has never been a more famous story involving North American professional wrestling than the tragedy involving Chris Benoit and his family. We now know, many years after the fact, that Benoit returned home from a WWE tour and killed his wife and his young son before taking his own life for reasons that will never be understood by anybody. Those tragic deaths and what was learned after the Benoit family members were discovered changed the WWE forever. The company's “Wellness Policy” is as strict today as it has ever been and the hope is that the policy will prevent another similar tragedy from occurring.

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