With a month to prepare and the lights on bright, Randy Orton and Edge were scheduled to have an epic clash that could easily have stolen the show at WWE’s Over the Limit Pay-Per-View.
Instead, a bizarre accident that is stranger than fiction caused a major overhaul on the match, ending in a double count out and worse news for fans of the Viper.
Orton was going through his usual thrashing about in preparation for an RKO when his arm suddenly fell lame at his side. What was initially believed to be a broken forearm is now being confirmed via WWE.com as a separated shoulder for the former WWE Champion.
In an industry that often blurs the line between real and fake, some of the biggest flukes and tragedies happen in the most bizarre of circumstances.
In lieu (or perhaps honor) of Orton’s catastrophic finish to the month of May, here are six more stories about professional wrestling injuries that are all too real to be labeled as part of a “fake” sport.
Remember, staged, not fake.
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