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20 Excruciatingly Painful Injuries That Almost Killed WWE Wrestlers

One of the biggest arguments a wrestling fan may have with someone who doesn’t understand the sport is whether or not the events that occur in the WWE are "real". While it is no secret that the over-t

One of the biggest arguments a wrestling fan may have with someone who doesn’t understand the sport is whether or not the events that occur in the WWE are "real". While it is no secret that the over-the-top storylines are scripted by writers, and professional wrestlers are taught tricks of the trade to stay safe while leaping from the top rope or taking an opponent through a table, the bumps, bruises, and injuries inflicted during a match are certainly real.

Professional wrestling requires athleticism and in-ring skills, and even the best wrestlers who stay in shape and take care to follow all of the rules of in-ring safety have suffered from an injury during an exhausting match. In some cases, the writers attempt to write the injury into a storyline, such as when Rusev recently injured his ankle and broke up with Lana.

Other times, however, the injuries are so severe that they almost kill the wrestler and may even end the person’s career. This just goes to show that while some aspects of wrestling aren’t exactly as they appear, other moments are very dangerous. Here, we look at the top 20 injuries in the WWE that were painful to watch and dangerous for those involved.

20 Joey Mercury Gets Injured…and Released

19 Brock Lesnar Botches His First WrestleMania

18 The Shooting Star Press Strikes Again

17 Let’s Go Cena…Right to the Hospital

Via twitter.com

16 Dolph Ziggler Gets Not One, But Two, Concussions in One Year

Via wrestlenewz.com

15 Marty Garner Almost Kills Himself

14 Tyson Kidd Deals with Undisclosed Neck Injury

Via wrestling-edge.com

13 Lita Gets Injured Outside of the Ring

Via z3.invisionfree.com

12 Just One Kick Took Bret Hart Out of the Game

11 Shawn Michaels Powers Through a Severe Back Injury

Via youtube.com

10 Kurt Angle Gets KO’d at Summerslam

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9 Daniel Bryan Just Can’t Catch a Break

Via youtube.com

8 Hardcore Holly Takes a Tumble

7 Mick Foley Doesn’t Quit

Via thekeyboardwarrior.co.uk

6 Bruno Sammartino Pushes On with a Broken Neck

Via nydailynews.com

5 Undertaker Takes a Beating from Rey Mysterio

4 Edge’s Injuries Force Him to Retire

3 Mick Foley Gets a Lucky Break

2 Stone Cold Gets Temporarily Paralyzed

1 Darren Drozdov’s Career Ends

Via ringsidenews.com

Darren Drozdov was a mid-carder in the 1990s. While engaged in a match with D’Lo Brown in 1999, Drozdov was hit hard and fell on his head. Sadly, the fall resulted in two fractured discs in his neck and upper body paralysis. This was the end of his career. He remains wheelchair-bound, although as of 2015, he has regained some use of his arms. Because SmackDown is a pre-recorded show, this event was cut from the week’s footage and was not released to the public, but the audience that night were witness to one of the worst and most damaging injuries ever recorded in the WWE.

Sources: bloodyelbow.com, foxsports.com, wwe.com, complex.com, usatoday.com

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