WWE: The 12 Most Injury-Prone Wrestlers in Recent WWE History
The WWE has been a highly-touted, and rightfully popular segment on America's TV sets on Mondays and Fridays for the past several decades. From Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, to the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, there has been no shortage of stars in the company.
Started in 1952, the WWE has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar empire headed by Vince McMahon and his wife Linda. WWE has survived many hurdles over the years, some of which included sagging ratings, controversies with other wrestling brands, and even a drug-related suicide of two of its top superstars.
With all that being said, with all of the success comes a high probability for debilitating injuries. High profile stars have all missed considerable time in their careers both past and present.
Here are 12 stars in recent WWE history that have shown a tendency to be injury prone:
1.) Triple H
One of the most dominating superstars of this generation, Triple H has defined success in the WWE. He has won the WWE Championship eight times, tied for the most with John Cena. He has also won the World Heavyweight Championship five times, making him a 13-time champion overall.
Triple H made a name for himself with the group known as D-Generation X, headlining the group with Shawn Michaels. DX was reformed in 2006 and 2009 and gave us all a blast from the past.
Triple H has seen his share of injuries in his career. In 2000, he suffered a career-threatning injury when his left quadriceps muscle became completely detached from his kneecap.
He would go on to miss eight months and again the injury bug struck him in 2006 when he suffered the same torn quadriceps muscle injury, except to the right leg.
Recently after a feud with Sheamus, he suffered a torn bicep muscle which forced him to miss time up until Wrestlemania XXVII.
Regardless of the injury history, I believe Triple H is indeed the 'King of Kings' and will be remembered as one of the most dominant wrestlers whenever he decides to call it quits.
2.) Rey Mysterio
One of the most high-flying and biggest risk-taking superstars in WWE history, Rey Mysterio has provided plenty of highlights in his career.
Defined as one the men leading the cruiserweight revolution, Mysterio trained in Mexico, where he learned the high-flying style under his uncle, the original Rey Misterio.
Mysterio's high-flying style came with a list of injuries. In 2007, he suffered an unrelated biceps injury which caused him to have three surgeries.
He was involved in controversy as he was suspended from WWE for 30 days due to a violation of the company's Wellness policy, as he was alleged to have been using banned drugs for treatment of knee and arm injuries. He insisted that he had a prescription for both, but was unable to produce them.
High-flying wrestling styles always come with the high probability for injury, and Mysterio hasn't been an exception.
3.) Randy Orton
Known by many as the "Legend Killer," Randy Orton is as tenacious and determined as they come. Driven to win at any cost, Orton's signature moves are the running punt to the head, and the RKO.
Having feuded with legends such as Shawn Michaels, Sgt. Slaughter, Rob Van Dam and Hulk Hogan, Orton has faced off in some memorable matches in his career.
Orton has had his share of injuries; during a feud with The Undertaker, he sustained a shoulder injury that had been aggravated during the match with The Deadman.
Also in 2006, Orton suffered a broken collarbone, which he sat out for a period of time rehabbing his injury in time to return for his feud with the New Nexus, led by CM Punk.
Randy Orton is one of the top athletes in WWE, and he proves it every time he steps into the ring.
One of the most celebrated and longest reigning World Heavyweight champions in SmackDown history, Batista was nicknamed 'The Animal' and rightfully so. Being listed at 6'6 and over 290 pounds, he was a walking tank.
He signed a contract with WWE in 2000 and worked his way up from the company's developmental division in the Ohio Valley.
His career was marred by major injuries. His arm was seriously injured after he was the victim of Mark Henry's The World's Strongest Slam.
After surpassing Triple H's record for longest World Heavyweight title reign, he was forced to give up the title while he was rehabbing his injury.
He was injured again when Randy Orton punted him in the head and put him out of action indefinitely, and he also had revealed that he was undergoing surgery to repair a damaged left hamstring at the same time.
He would again be injured at the hands of the Randy Orton-led Legacy as he suffered a torn left biceps. The Legacy would go on to take responsibility for his latest injury.
Batista eventually left the WWE in 2009, citing philosophical differences and is reportedly pursuing a MMA career.
The "Rated-R Superstar" was another that will be remembered as one of the most successful in the business. Edge won a total of 31 championships, 11 of those being WWE/World Heavyweight championships.
He broke into the WWE with Christian in 1998 and was the driving force for the creation of the extreme Tables, Ladders and Chairs (TLC) match. He and Christian would win multiple tag team championships until they disbanded to concentrate on their singles careers.
Edge's extreme style cost him quite a bit of time. In 2003, he suffered a neck injury which required surgery and he missed almost a year as a result.
After capturing the Intercontinental championship, he suffered a groin injury which cost him both the title and a few months of inactivity. In 2005, he suffered a pectoral muscle tear which caused him to miss several weeks and during the time on the sideline, he created a talk show named the Cutting Edge.
In 2009, he again missed time due to a torn Achilles tendon, and he was mocked by Chris Jericho after it was revealed that his injury would sideline him for a year.
As a result of his injuries, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spine. He was forced to retire from the WWE shortly after the diagnosis.
6.) Mr. Kennedy (Ken Anderson)
This man has to be the most unlucky in all of sports entertainment. He was fired from WWE on May 29, 2009, amid lingering injury concerns.
He was struck by the injury bug as soon as he was promoted to the Raw roster. He suffered a latissimus dorsi tear in 2005 during a WWE event in Italy.
He returned to action after being out for six months, only to suffer an injury to his right triceps which was revealed to be a massive hematoma (which is massive internal hemorrhaging) to the area, after the muscle was initially diagnosed to have been torn off the bone.
He returned from the injury only to be released from his contract four days later.
7.) Evan Bourne
One of the younger wrestlers to come through WWE, Evan Bourne came over from ECW to Raw.
After being called up from the WWE's developmental division in Florida, Bourne immediately became involved in matches against Randy Orton, Mark Henry, The Miz and Chavo Guerrero.
His major injury came in October 2010, as he was assaulted by CM Punk after a match in which Punk had bested Bourne in an attempt to qualify for a major match at the Pay-Per-View Bragging Rights.
His injury cost him four months as he successfully underwent shoulder surgery and returned to action in 2011.
8.) Stone Cold Steve Austin
Perhaps the most renegade, and rebellious superstar of the 'Attitude Era', Stone Cold Steve Austin was a blue-collar, yet tenacious athlete. The Texas Rattlesnake was highly successful, having won the WWE championship six times, and winning the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles.
Austin burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s as a anti-authority icon, constantly getting under Vince McMahon's skin with stunts such as driving a Zamboni into a ring to spray beer all over McMahon and The Rock, filling Mr. McMahon's Corvette up with concrete, making a special visit to him in the hospital to knock him silly with a bedpan.
Austin is regarded by many as the most popular superstar in modern WWE history. He prematurely retired from the ring in 2003 after several injuries to his knees and neck.
9.) Mark Henry
Perhaps the strongest man in all of sports entertainment, Mark Henry is a beast of a man and a beast in the ring. Listed at 6'4 and almost 400 pounds, he is a lot for any wrestler to handle, let alone pin on the mat.
He was trained by Stu and Bret Hart and signed a contract for WWE in the mid-1990's. After bouncing around in Ohio Valley Wrestling, Henry came back and won the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic and thus gave himself the moniker of "The World's Strongest Man."
His injury occurred in 2003, when he tore a quadriceps muscle and was shelved for over a year.
10.) Bobby Lashley
One of the most anticipated superstars in WWE at the time, Bobby Lashley was known mostly for his reign as the United States Champion.
Also a member of ECW, he is a two-time holder of the ECW World Championship and has participated in matches against Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and William Regal.
His major injuries and time off came in Backlash 2003, when after a match against Vince and Shane McMahon, he was diagnosed to have a damaged rotator cuff and the injury required surgery in late 2007, and he would be out until the middle of 2008.
He eventually was released by WWE in 2009 and is reportedly pursuing a career in MMA.
11.) Shawn Michaels
One of the most creative and showman type of wrestler in his time, Shawn Michaels was definitely ahead of his time. "The Heartbreak Kid" was as tenacious as he was persistent.
He has been involved in matches against Triple H, Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He was one of the founders of the group D-Generation X with Triple H.
Shawn's injuries over a career that lasted from 1988 until 2010 were mostly to his knees and back
He had surgery after Wrestlemania 13 to repair knee ligaments, and then was injured again when he took a back body drop from The Undertaker and hit the outside of the casket, causing him to crush one disk in his back and herniate two others.
He then required another knee surgery after being punted in the head by Randy Orton, with the cover-up for the time off being that he had a concussion.
Shawn Michaels retired permanently from ring competition in 2010, but has still been serving in a non-wrestling capacity and he will be remembered as another one of the great stars that made WWE what it is today.
12.) the Undertaker
OK, OK, OK. When you read this slideshow, there were only 11 names on it. Well, after substantial commentary from my readers, it was obvious I missed the one people call The Undertaker.
When you think of The Deadman, you think of some dark, evil entrance music and you think of caskets and most important: You have pity on the poor soul who is in the opposite corner.
The Undertaker has been the example of success in Wrestlemania, having gone a perfect 19-0 in sports entertainment's premier event.
The Undertaker has also had major injuries over the course of his career. His injuries include: to his groin and orbital bone in the eye, having a broken nose, multiple concussions and most recently a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
A lot of fans say that Undertaker has one more good match left in him and that his injuries will force him to call it a career. I believe that he will be regarded as one of the most dominant superstars to ever grace the squared circle when he does retire.