Wrestling isn't real? Tell that to any of the wrestlers on this list and you might wish you never said anything like that to their faces. Yes, storylines are scripted. Yes, matches are predetermined. And yes, they are highly trained athletes who know how to perform complicated maneuvers and how best to land in a padded ring, but despite all of their hard work and dedication to the business sometimes things don't always go as scripted. This is a comprehensive list of some of the most memorable times that wrestling got real.
I would love to tell you that nobody on this list was seriously injured, but that's impossible. I'd love to say that everything went according to plan and that lives weren't forever altered in the blink of an eye, but I'd be lying. The truth is that we as wrestling fans have to appreciate the fact that day in and day out these people go out there and perform to the best of their ability solely because they love the business and they love to entertain, and without their profession we'd all have one less joy in life. At the end of the day, their lives are literally in the hands of one another, so to undermine what they do for a living just because it's wrestling is an insult to anyone who ever had to courage to lace up a pair of boots. We would like to personally show our respect to all of the men and women who unfortunately made this list due to injury, no matter how big or small those injuries may have been.
With all that being said, these wrestlers absolutely deserve all the appreciation and admiration that they do happen to get from the wrestling universe. So we hope you enjoy our list of the 28 times when wrestling went wrong!
*Some of these videos can be extremely graphic, so viewer discretion is advised.
28 Spike Dudley Misses a Table
27 Mexican Wrestler Aguayo Dies in the Ring
26 CM Punk Gets Rudely Interrupted
25 Sid Vicious Breaks His Leg
24 The Danbury Fall
23 Shawn Michaels' Back Hits the Casket
22 Honky Tonk Man's Real Guitar
21 Shane McMahon Fails to Break Through Glass
20 Taka Gets Eliminated and Dislocates Shoulder
19 Mabel Crushes Diesel
18 Goldberg Ends Bret Hart's Career
17 Sabu Breaks Neck Against Benoit
16 Hulk Hogan's Fireball Misses The Ultimate Warrior
15 WCW PPV Ends Before Main Event Does
14 Owen Hart Spikes Stone Cold
13 Spanish Announcing Tables Can't Handle Triple H and Kurt Angle
12 Chris Benoit Misses a Dive to the Outside
11 Lita Nearly Breaks her Neck
10 Hayabusa Breaks His Neck
9 Jake Roberts DDTs Ricky Steamboat Out Cold
8 Brock Lesnar's Shooting Star Press
7 Vader's Eye Pops Out of Socket
6 Edge's Debut Ends Abruptly
5 The Wrong Way to Take a Pedigree
4 Hardcore Holly Gets His Back Split Open
3 Cactus Jack Loses His Ear in Germany
2 Over the Edge 1999
1 The Infamous 2005 Royal Rumble Ending
Whether or not you're in either camp of the controversial ending to the 2005 Royal Rumble being a botch or a work, one thing is definitely certain: Vince McMahon got the worst end of the deal. After John Cena and Batista miraculously landed on the outside floor at the exact same time, WWE officials scrambled in order to declare the true winner of the Rumble. Half of the officials said Batista, the other half Cena... who was going to be the deciding factor? That's where Vince McMahon comes in, storming down the aisle with a fire in his eyes. He throws his coat down in anger, runs and slides under the bottom rope like a true superstar, slamming both his legs into the side of the ring in the process. He doesn't seem fazed at first, but when he makes an attempt to stand up, he crumbles back down to the canvas in agony. McMahon would blow out his quadriceps due to the run-in with the ring, so chalk that one up as: Ring-1, McMahon-0.
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