Professional wrestling is acting and stunt work, but it’s a very special kind of acting and stunt work in that it happens live, often very fast, and in front of thousands of fans who expect it to look as real as possible. Despite the fact those fans want it to look real, there’s also an expectation that it will all be performed in the safest way possible. Wrestlers still get hurt all the time, but the main goal of sports entertainment is for them not to. Because of this, a wrestler’s most important job is to at once look like they’re trying to beat their opponents while also making sure they are as safe as they could possibly be.
Of course, some wrestlers ignore the part about making sure their opponents are safe. We’re not just talking about working stiff, or actually punching and kicking your opponent instead of pretending to, although some of the worst offenders of that concept did make the list. Much worse than unnecessary roughness is the number of wrestlers who have intentionally attempted to hurt their opponents, or maybe worst of all, entered the ring under the influence of so many drugs virtually everyone in the ring was at serious risk. Keep reading to learn 15 wrestlers who put their opponent's life in genuine danger.
15 Kurt Angled Repeatedly Dropped Shane McMahon On His Head
14 Marty Jannetty Broke Charles Austin's Neck
13 Vader Gave Cactus Jack Multiple Concussions
12 Abdullah The Butcher Gave Indie Wrestlers Hep C
11 Road Warrior Hawk Wrestled While Dangerously Drunk
10 Mr. Kennedy Failed A Drug Test Seconds Before A Match
9 Owen Hart Broke Steve Austin's Neck
8 Steve Austin Poured Beer On Scott Hall
7 Scott Hall Wrestled While Heavily Intoxicated
6 X-Pac Wrestled AJ Styles While On Meth
5 Vic Grimes Gave New Jack Brain Damage
4 New Jack Tried To Kill Vic Grimes
3 The Sandman Wrestled Sabu While On Acid
2 Sabu Didn't Care About His Or Terry Funk's Safety
1 Jeff Hardy Was Too Drugged Out To Wrestle Sting
Jeff Hardy is number one on the list with a bullet, as he tried to pull the same antics as The Sandman and X-Pac before him, and Hardy made things worse by doing it at the main event level. Hardy was set to face Sting for the TNA World Championship at Victory Road 2011, and reports indicate Hardy was under the influence of an unspecified but massive cocktail of drugs as the match was about to start. Lucky for Sting, but unlucky for the thousands of fans who paid money to see the event, TNA executive Eric Bischoff came to the ring before the match to inform Sting of the situation, leading to an extremely quick match that had fans chanting “Bullshit!” Sting screamed that he agreed, but chances are he preferred the merciful result to a long match that put both their lives in real danger. The incident is still the most embarrassing of Hardy's career, and to this day people point to it as proof he doesn't care about his or his opponent's lives.
Sources: grantland.com; wrestlingnewsplus.com
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