- Sabu Gets Neck Broken
Out of all the ECW Originals who were signed by WWE, Sabu is the one who I’m most surprised didn’t gain the fan attention WWE officials were seeking. A longtime pro wrestling veteran, this man was so determined to do whatever it took to give the fans a great show that he would earn the nickname “suicidal”. He certainly showed this in an ECW match against Chris Benoit. We all know the personal demons of Chris Benoit but you can’t deny he’s a talented in-ring performer (as is Sabu), which makes this incident all the more scary. In what is a clear botch, Sabu lands on his head and neck area causing severe damage. The awkward twist of his neck shown in the above video is enough to earn Sab the #5 spot on our list of gruesome pro wrestling injuries.
- John Cena Broken Nose
I remember back when John Cena was receiving his initial push from WWE, he was billed as a really tough guy who might not necessarily be the best wrestler, as opposed to the super skilled JBL who always managed to take the easy way out. While Cena has become a much better mat worker in recent years, I think that this persona is still somewhat representative of who Cena actually is. It’s certainly hard to argue his toughness, especially after an incident this past year where his nose was broken mid-match. During a televised match with Seth Rollins, Rollins inadvertently hit Cena with a knee, causing a severe break in his nose. You hardly even noticed watching the match live that anything out of the ordinary had happened with Cena, but I think the above picture shows how gruesome the injury actually was.
- Joey Mercury’s Whole Face is Destroyed
Anyone who has ever been involved in a ladder match would likely tell you that eight men competing in a fatal four-way tag-team match is a recipe for disaster. Disaster would certainly strike at the 2006 Armageddon event when the teams of MNM, the Hardy’s, London and Kendrick, and Dave Taylor and William Regal competed for the tag-team titles. During the infamous spot, Jeff Hardy jumps on one end of a perched ladder (creating a teeter totter effect) causing it to strike both members of MNM as well as his brother Matt. While Matt Hardy and Johnny Nitro would escape unharmed, Joey Mercury would get legitimate struck in the face with the full force of the ladder. Blood would instantly start pouring down Mercury’s face, and he would need reconstructive surgery following the event.
- Vader’s Eye Pops Out of Socket
We saw the man known as Vader at the start of our list, as he was involved in the incident which famously led to the loss of Mick Foley’s ear, however, for the #2 entry Vader was on the receiving end of the gruesome injury. In a match with WWE Hall of Famer Stan Hansen, Vader’s eye was knocked out of socket, creating the gruesome injury you see above. According to Hansen and Vader, Hansen was simply sticking his finger in the eye hole of Vader in an effort to remove the big wrestlers mask. As they were tussling around, however, Hansen’s eye would get sharply thrust into Vader’s eye. As someone with contacts this is one of my worst fears, and Vader more than earns the distinction of being the second worst gruesome WWE injury to make our list.
- Sid Vicious Breaks His Leg
Not only is this leg injury to Sid Vicious the most gruesome professional wrestling injury of all time, it is the only entry on this list that is almost unwatchable. Honestly the first time watching the clip above I thought that Sid’s boot merely fell off. Ummm no that’s his actual leg hanging there at a ninety degree angle. For some reason both WWE and WCW thought that Sid was a worthy main event talent; whether you agree with that assessment or not, you never want to see this kind of injury happen to anyone. Luckily this injury wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked (how could it be), but the nature of this injury and this horrifying video causes it to be ranked #1 on our list of gruesome pro wrestling injuries.