15Steve Austin Gets Paralyzed
Certain injuries are so severe, they affect not only the wrestler who suffers from it physically but indeed the entire business of professional wrestling. Though it doesn’t happen often, this was certainly the case at SummerSlam 1997 when Owen Hart broke Steve Austin’s neck with a
botched inverted piledriver. The above photograph shows just how badly things went, as Austin’s head is significantly beneath Hart’s legs, meaning he took the full impact of the move. Though the point of the move is to make fans think that could happen, the point of wrestling, in general, is to do so in a safe manner, and suffice to say, this is not how to pull off this maneuver free of injury. Austin’s broken neck couldn’t have come at a worse time, as he was months away from taking over as WWE’s unquestionable top star, and his in-ring style needed to change dramatically to work around the limitations he suddenly faced.