Professional wrestlers put their bodies on the line day in and day out. It's the only business in the world where people are expected to show up to work the next day after getting thrown off scaffolding, falling off ladders, or being slammed through tables. Miraculously, these people take some gruesome spills but are able to walk away from them no worse for wear. Sure, there have been times where people have been seriously injured to the point where they can no longer walk, but that's extremely rare; the vast majority of wrestlers cheat death on such a regular basis that they are almost superhuman.
This list is going to focus on some crazy spots in wrestling history where a wrestler is lucky to have escaped major, significantly extensive injuries. Some wrestlers spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital recovering from their injuries, while others were somehow perfectly fine immediately afterward and continued on with the match as if nothing ever happened.
You'll notice that we're going to feature a few moves on this list that have since been banned from WWE television, and for damn good reason. Head and neck injuries are serious business and it's no surprise that Vince McMahon never wants to see another wrestler being confined to a wheelchair after getting their head spiked into the mat by accident.
That being said, we would like to show you our 15 crazy moments in wrestling history where wrestlers got pretty lucky and didn't suffer the worst fate of all… Enjoy!
15 The Kawada Driver
14 Pick Any "Steiner Screwdriver"
13 Mark Haskins Pulls a Lesnar
12 Benoit Gets Lucky
11 Kevin Nash Drops The Giant on His Head
10 Marty Garner Oversells a Pedigree
9 Mike Awesome Crushes J.T. Smith
8 Henry Godwinn's Doomsday Device Sell
7 Undertaker's Nose Dive
6 Sabu's Head Breaks a Table
5 New Jack Brings Vic Grimes With Him
4 Lita's Suicide Dive
3 Austin/Owen Tombstone
2 Lesnar's Shooting Star Press
1 The "Charade" Botch
This is probably the single most painful video to watch on the entire wrestling internet. Independent wrestler Charade was attempting a double moonsault from the top rope when he under-rotated enough to land so sickeningly on the top of his head that the entire crowd went silent after witnessing his botch. The only people not fazed? Somehow his opponent and the referee didn't seem too worried about it, considering that his opponent hooked the leg for the victory and the ref -- for reasons unbeknownst to me -- didn't automatically count to three. It was obvious that Charade was severely injured and was in no shape to continue, so it's the ref's job to know when to step in and stop the match.
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