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Top 13 Times An Injury Helped A Wrestling Career

Looking at the WWE's current landscape, injuries are more a matter of if than when. It happens to everyone sooner or later, but sitting on the sidelines doesn't mean one has to keep their mind off of wrestling completely. Some of the greatest superstars of all time have taken the time they were using to rehab whatever injury they were recovering from and used it to not only fine tune their characters, but in some cases to overhaul them completely. For all we know, if it wasn't for these guys being bit by the injury bug at the exact right time, the history of wrestling would look completely different.

Sometimes good breaks come thanks to an injury to one's buddies. Whether it's someone permanently stuck in the shadows or stars who were just waiting for their chance to shine, there are multiple times where an injury to one superstar opened up doors for another. I'm sure no one is happy to see their running mate or good buddy suffer an injury, but it must sting quite a bit less when it opens up a spot on the main stage.

None of this is to say that injuries aren't a terrible thing which could certainly be cut down by scheduling changes, among other things. There are two ways to look at it when your favourite superstar gets hurt: on one hand, it's sad that they'll be off your television for a while but on the other, they could come back with the next groundbreaking idea which will push them and the industry to heights that no one could have though imaginable beforehand.

13 Sheamus Gets A New Attitude...and Haircut

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12 Cody Rhodes Gets A New Gimmick

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11 Nitro Shines While Mercury Recovers

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10 Reigns Takes Rollins' Spot Atop The Mountain

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9 John Cena Gets A Deafening Pop 

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8 Christian Finally Wins Title After Edge Retires

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7 Ric Flair Becomes The Nature Boy

6 Shawn Michaels Finds God After Back Injury

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5 Edge Turns Face After Tearing His Achilles

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4 Triple H Tears Quad, Becomes Mega Star

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3 Austin's Broken Neck Makes Him Company's Biggest 'Face'

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2 Mick Foley Nearly Kills Himself For Fame 

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1 Rocky Maivia Hurts Knee, Comes Back as The Rock

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As much as it seems like everyone these days hates on Roman Reigns, it's not nearly as rough as the backlash his "cousin" got as a white-meat 'babyface' being shoved down the fans' throats relentlessly. Rocky Maivia debuted to a lukewarm reaction which later turned into sheer hatred and fans chanting things like "Die, Rocky, Die!" at him, despite the company's efforts to push him toward its forefront. A run with the Intercontinental Championship (back when it actually used to propel guys to the top), did nothing to quell the backlash Maivia received on a nightly basis, so something had to be done. After injuring his knee, Rocky came back a changed man: he was no longer pandering to the crowd, pleading for adoration. He used his time off to hone his in-ring and especially his promo skills becoming an arrogant, headstrong and ruthless competitor while joining The Nation of Domination and later The Corporation. In one of the biggest transformations we've ever seen, upon his return from injury Rocky Maivia was gone and in his place was The Rock.

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