WWE Raw: Was Zack Ryder's Wheelchair Spot Really Necessary?

Agent GreenCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2012

Are you serious, bro?
Are you serious, bro?

Over the last few months, the WWE fans have hopelessly stood by and watched many of their favorite Superstars and Divas go through injuries.

Performers such as Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Mark Henry, Beth Phoenix, and Randy Orton have all needed time off due to legit ailments, and most, if not all of these injuries, happened in the ring. Last week, R-Truth had a very close call after a botch from The Miz.

In all forms of contact sports, accidents do happen. However, there are certain things that cannot be forgiven.

On the February 13th edition of Raw, Zack Ryder was in a wheelchair when he was launched from the stage by Kane. Ryder appeared to throw his hands in front of his face at the last second, but his legs were completely unprotected. Such a landing could cause damage to the knees, ankles, or even his arms that were bracing the fall.

So my question is this: Why would WWE take such a careless risk of potentially causing a legit injury to one of its talents, especially when there have been so many Superstars that have been sidelined already?

WWE Legend Mick Foley, who is no stranger to being a "human punching bag," weighed in on the situation on Twitter:


Wow, sincerely hope is going to be ok. - that looked like a nasty landing. Ankles, knees, spine all looked to be in jeopardy.

Yeah, I'm legit concerned for . There's just way too much risk there. That fall off the ramp might not be something you can get through with fortitude and ice packs. Zack has such a bright future; I hate to see his knees, ankles and spine at such risk. That's the type of thing that could cost him weeks or months at the most vital time of his career.

It's not the height fell from; it's HOW he landed that bothers me. I hope to hear from my LI broski soon!


This all comes from the same guy who took nearly a dozen unprotected chair shots from The Rock at the 1999 Royal Rumble. And it's the same guy who was infamously thrown from the top off a cage and into an announce table during a "Hell In A Cell" match.

Ryder is only 26 years old. He had to rely on a YouTube show to get himself over. He patiently waited on the sidelines. But last Monday's spot could have been detrimental to his career that is just now budding after his debut six years ago.

Let's just hope that Zack isn't hurt for real.