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15 Wrestlers Who Changed Drastically After Injury

Wrestlers are often annoyed by the fact that outsiders assume everything is fake — that includes injuries. True, some guys are faking injuries, but too many other times, workers have to put up with real injuries on a daily basis. There have been plenty of occasions when such injuries come at a terrible time and ruin big pushes. Finn Balor is a key recent example as his great push and plans were marred by his injury, as he was forced to give up the Universal title. He’s not alone, as many guys are hit by bugs —  and too many are changed by it.

Sometimes, it can work. Shawn Michaels is famous for coming back from a back injury to be even better than ever in the ring. Others are able to keep up after harsh injuries and still be stars. But others are changed majorly, forced to switch up their styles and look like a different wrestler. Often, an injury can have long-term effects that can cut a career short or take it in other directions. Here are 15 workers who were never the same after a hard injury, proving how dangerous this business truly can be.

15 15. Lex Luger

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14 14. Daniel Bryan

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13 13. Goldberg

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12 12. Edge

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11 11. Christopher Nowinski

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10 10. Brian Pillman

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9 9. Lita

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8 8. Marc Mero

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7 7. The Rock

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6 6. Triple H

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5 5. Kerry Von Erich

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4 4. Joey Mercury

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3 3. Nigel McGuiness

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2 2. Steve Austin

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1 1. Mike Von Erich

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Going back to the Von Erich's Mike may be the most tragic of the entire family. He never wanted to be in the wrestling business but was pushed into the business by his father. While he was decent in the ring, his lack of passion was more than apparent. In late 1985, Mike suffered a shoulder injury during a tour of Israel. This led to a bout of toxic shock syndrome that led to brain damage and nearly killed him. It was obvious Mike was never the same, and pushing him back into the ring as “The Living Miracle” was a horrible decision. It took its toll as Mike killed himself in 1987, just adding to the list of the many tragedies surrounding the Von Erich wrestling family.

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