Top 15 Most Devastating WWE Injuries
It took about thirty years of people piledriving their friends on their trampolines for WWE to finally put a mandatory “Do Not Try This At Home” warning before any of their TV programs. They needed to regulate the actions of stupid kids because the fact is that professional wrestling by its very nature is dangerous. WWE superstars are some of the greatest athletes in the world and even they routinely injure themselves while honing and performing their craft. As such, I decided to countdown the 15 Most Gruesome Wrestling Injuries.
These are injuries gruesome enough to turn your stomach, true examples of actual carnage in a pro wrestling ring. Consisting of Hall of Famers as well as no-name talent, this list very much shows that injuries can happen to anyone attempting to perform the intricate task of executing wrestling maneuvers. All facts and dates related in this article are taken from WWE.com.
- Mick Foley’s Ear
To start out our list, let’s go with perhaps the most famous gruesome injury in professional wrestling history. While many of us have heard Foley reference his lost ear, and personally remember seeing him tossed from the top of the Cell by the Undertaker, we still cannot recall exactly when he lost his ear. A large reason for this is that he lost it in a fairly nondescript match for WCW. As many of us know, Cactus Jack (Foley’s alter ego at the time) does a signature clothesline where he takes both his opponent and himself over the top rope. During a stunt with Vader, however, Foley developed a plan where he would miss the clothesline and intentionally get his neck wrapped up in the ring ropes, causing him to hang by his neck. The ropes were apparently tighter than Foley intended, and he was required to rip himself out (a la a coyote chewing off his own leg in a trap), accidentally ripping off his own ear.
- Finn Balor’s Shoulder
As a huge Finn Balor fan I was devastated when in 2016 he was forced to relinquish the inaugural WWE Universal Title due to a shoulder injury he suffered the previous night at Summerslam. With that being said, I was further impressed by this superstar and the toughness that he showed following the injury. Balor received the injury when he was thrown back first into the barrier by Seth Rollins, and while some critics like Bret Hart have criticized Rollin’s style as reckless but most of these claims are unfounded. Balor obviously dislocated his shoulder as a result of this move, but as you can see in the photos he was able to pop the shoulder back in himself mid-match and finish the night to win his first ever title on the main WWE roster.
- Marty Garner Spinal Contusion
When I was compiling this list, I was surprised at the star power of the superstars who were on the receiving end of these gruesome injuries. This entry is obviously the exception to this happenstance as Marty Garner is your quintessential no name WWE wrestler. Garner’s most noteworthy moment, in fact, may be his botched taking of a young Triple H’s pedigree finisher. As the video clearly shows, Garner does an insane dive bomb during the move, causing him to be pedigreed on the very top of his head and leading to severe neck injuries. This of course didn’t stop Garner from trying to sue WWE for injuries received as a result of his mistake. Legal issues aside, this pedigree looks pretty brutal and therefore makes our list as the #13 most gruesome pro wrestling injury.
- Vince McMahon Tears Both Quads
Probably the funniest entry in our article (I’ll leave it up to debate with the next injury on our list), this gruesome injury was certainly one of the most bizarre. Following the pandemonium at the end of the 2005 Royal Rumble when Batista and John Cena eliminated each other at the same time requiring the match between those two be restarted, Vince McMahon strutted his way down the ring to straighten things out. But he fell coming into the ring and bizarrely seemed unable to get back up. McMahon ended up giving his groundbreaking announcement from his rump, but it was later revealed that while he was entering the ring he had torn both of his quadriceps. Despite the hilarity of this moment, it may not be the most embarrassing gruesome injury to make this list.
Skip to a minute and a half into the video to see the moment for yourself!
- Goldberg Breaks More Than the Window
If you want to make fun of Vince McMahon for his quadriceps incident at the Royal Rumble, just remember that he was a fairly old man (though one who is admittedly in great shape) at the time. For this entry on our list of gruesome injuries, however, I give you full reign to make fun of Goldberg to your hearts’ content. I think the funniest part of the video above is the fact that the WCW writers had it so Goldberg would break the window with a crowbar. Goldberg, however, thought it would be more badass if he broke it with his bare hand. The problem with this, of course, was that when he pulled his arm out he cut it badly on the fragmented glass. The cut was so bad that Goldberg would have to be rushed to the hospital, thus forever changing the perception of this “badass” moment.