Cody Rhodes and 5 WWE Superstars Who Made the Most of Their Storyline Injuries
John Cena is currently nursing a storyline injury to his shoulder after a grueling match against Brock Lesnar, followed by an attack by John Laurinaitis the following night.
Triple H is ailing from a similar storyline injury after being attacked by Brock Lesnar on RAW, and went as far as to wear a sling on his injured arm while escorting Floyd Mayweather to the ring last Saturday.
In order to sell his particular injury, Cena has also donned a sling, and did not compete last week on RAW.
As the consummate babyface, Cena will continue to valiantly battle despite his injury, showing the true grit and toughness of a hero.
However the storyline injury often affords mostly heel talents with a new creative avenue to pour on the effects of an injury while cheaply using the protective device in question to their advantage.
1. Cody Rhodes' Mask
After taking a 619 while Mysterio wore a knee brace, Cody Rhodes opted to wear a protective face mask during his subsequent matches.
Rhodes only removed his mask recently, yet it aided him in winning a handful of matches en route to becoming an Intercontinental Champion.
Rhodes' mask was also symbolic of a super villain as the longtime comic book fan portrayed more of a dark, psychologically unstable heel.
2. DDP Tapes His Ribs
Diamond Dallas Page spent so much of his career with taped ribs that they were pretty much a part of his gear.
Page's usage of tape on his ribs while wrestling was a psychological method of getting fans on his side as part of his complete package of toughness.
Page was always known for his hardworking, everyman nature, and being able to compete at such a high level despite having taped ribs played right into his character.
3. Vince McMahon Rides Around in a Wheelchair
After being assaulted by the Undertaker and Kane, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was bound to a wheelchair for several weeks.
McMahon in a wheelchair actually made him look more powerful if such a thing was possible. The sight of McMahon's stooges wheeling him in and out of arenas while he ruled with an iron fist was quite the intimidating look.
4. The Undertaker's Phantom Mask
As if the Undertaker couldn't look any creepier, the Phenom wore a mask inspired by Phantom of the Opera after taking a series of unenviable leg drops by super heavyweights Yokozuna and Mabel.
The mask was more than appropriate given the Undertaker's mystique and "Deadman" gimmick, and the Undertaker could have gotten much more mileage out of the mask at the time he removed it.
5. Bob Orton Jr's Cast
The most famous injury in wrestling history occurred when "Cowboy" Bob Orton broke his left forearm in a match with WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka.
Orton would go on to wear a cast on his left forearm long after the injury had healed, as he used it to win many matches in typical heel fashion.
Orton's career legacy will forever be tied to his advantageous injury as one of the better heels in wrestling history.