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.
15 Always Healthy: The Miz
14 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.
13 Always Healthy: Kane
12 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.
11 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.”
10 Always Hurt: Randy Orton
It seems like Randy Orton was injured from the start, having missed a few months after his WWE debut due to a severe shoulder injury; this injury would go on to haunt Orton for the rest of his career. Less than two years after recovering from shoulder surgery, Orton re-aggravated his injury after a match with The Undertaker. In the interest of fairness we won’t count Orton’s 2008 motorcycle accident, where he broke his collarbone as part of this discussion, we will however jump right to his 2012 concussion. Shortly after his head injury, Orton suffered yet another shoulder injury at the hands of The Shield in December of 2012.
9 Always Healthy: Chris Jericho
8 Always Hurt: Mark Henry
Being the World's Strongest Man must take a toll on your body, because Mark Henry has been getting hurt since he was at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Ironically, his injury at the Olympics is the only reason that Henry even got into wrestling during the late 90s. If everything had panned out the way Henry wanted it to, he would have been a strongman for his entire career. Henry remained relatively healthy in the WWE until 2002, when he had to take time off to heal a knee injury he incurred while training for the Arnold Strongman Classic.
7 Always Healthy: The Rock
The Rock is sort of like an injury sandwich, only suffering two notable injuries during his career in the WWE; one at the beginning, and another one at the end. After debuting as Rocky Mavia, the former WWE Champion suffered a knee injury during a match with Mankind. The Rock then literally went 16 years without obtaining another wrestling related injury, until his WrestleMania XXIX match against John Cena, during which he tore his abductors off of his pelvis.
6 Always Hurt: Daniel Bryan
5 Always Healthy: Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy must have inherited some of Broken Matt Hardy’s magical powers, because despite all of his death defying antics, Hardy has never really been hurt. In fact, most times that Hardy was “hurt”, it was really just the WWE and TNA giving him some time to clean up his life. His exit from the WWE in 2009 was attributed to two herniated discs, but many believe that it was really due to multiple wellness policy violations. Regardless of the reasons for his departure from either company, the fact remains that his physical health has remained astonishingly good over the years.
4 Always Hurt: Rey Mysterio
3 Always Healthy: Big Show
2 Always Hurt: Kurt Angle
1 Always Healthy: AJ Styles
I’m sure that I will be corrected in the comments if I am wrong here, but has AJ Styles ever really been injured? Like really injured and not part of a storyline? After searching for an instance of the former TNA Champion being sidelined for injuries, the only thing that I could find were reports of basic wear and tear. The fact that Styles has wrestled at such a high level for so many years, and hasn’t been injured is...wait for it... phenomenal.
There were many reports back in May of 2016 that Styles would need time off due to nagging injuries, but if he is injured then he has hidden it very well. Though he has slowed down in the ring a little to adjust to the WWE style, Styles credits his health to DDP Yoga.
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