The WWE is heading into one of its signature events, the Royal Rumble, so it's a good time to take a look around the wrestling universe and note how serious injuries can be.
While there are still storylines that are built around fake ("kayfabe" in wrestling lingo) injuries, there's no doubt that there are plenty of real issues as well. There are lots of things that are fake or planned, but steel chairs, high-flying stunts, and smashing into 300 pounds of muscle still hurt even the well-trained WWE superstars.
Sometimes, it's difficult to tell which is which, but one of the things that few people—even in the wrestling world—know is that the same doctors that work on NFL and baseball stars end up working on the injured wrestlers.
Triple H tore his quadriceps and damaged his knee, ending up on the Birmingham, AL operating table of Dr. James Andrews, who just repaired Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III. Steve Austin had his career saved twice by world-class surgeons who worked on his neck and his knees. Those braces? Real.
Telling the difference between the real injuries and the fake ones could be key to looking like the real wrestling genius at your Royal Rumble party, so let's take a look.