WWE: Broken Rings & the 20 Most Dangerous Stunts in WWE History
I can't tell you how many times I've seen something in the WWE that's made me say, "Holy crap! I can't believe they just did that!"
It takes true guts and gonads for these wrestlers to throw themselves off of cages or jump off of Titantrons, and these crazy stunts typically result in incredible entertainment for us wrestling fans.
Unfortunately, some of these acts end in tragedy. But most of them end with our jaws on the floor—in a good way, like when Mark Henry recently superplexed The Big Show and caused the ring to collapse.
They are the death-defying, mind-blowing moments that make us remember why we are wrestling fans.
Here are the 20 most dangerous stunts in WWE history.
20. The Undertaker's Entrance
Every time The Undertaker makes his extravagant entrance, I immediately think that it's an accident waiting to happen.
Fog and fire everywhere? I mean, that's like walking into a house fire.
Sure, Taker usually manages to make his way to the ring without incident, but even the Phenom can be human at times.
19. John Morrison Hits a Moonsault While Holding a Ladder
For years, one of the highlights of WrestleMania was the Money in the Bank ladder match, which featured anywhere from six to 10 competitors pulling off all kinds of wild antics.
It was the perfect setting for someone like John Morrison, and at WrestleMania 24, he delivered one of the more memorable MITB moments when he grabbed a ladder and hit a moonsault to a bunch of competitors on the outside of the ring—while still holding onto the ladder.
The move itself didn't get that big of a pop and didn't look all that dangerous, but anytime someone is doing a back flip and a ladder is involved, the recipe for disaster is certainly there.
18. Mr. McMahon's Limousine Blows Up
You know what's always dangerous?
Anything involving fire and explosions.
I don't care if it's "fake" or if it's done by an experienced special effects crew.
It's still not exactly 100-percent safe to put a bunch of people around an exploding limousine.
Yet, that's exactly what Vince McMahon did in 2007 during his infamous death angle that couldn't have come at a worse time.
Let's hope that the WWE never tries something like this again. But I don't really think we have to worry about that.
17. Edge Goes to Hell
In 2008, Edge and The Undertaker had a lengthy feud that was probably the best of the year.
The two had several memorable bouts, but their rivalry came to a climax at the SummerSlam pay-per-view when Taker gave Edge a ride to hell with a chokeslam that literally sent him through the ring.
The ring was obviously gimmicked to do such a thing, but it was still quite a bump on Edge's part.
No surprise there. I'm pretty sure Edge has taken a sick bump or two during his career.
16. John Cena AA's Batista Through the Stage
To all the John Cena haters—yes, he's on this list.
When Cena was feuding with Batista in 2010, the two men battled in an "I Quit" match at the Over the Limit pay-per-view that turned out to be Batista's last bout with the company.
He received a lovely going away present in the form of an Attitude Adjustment off the top of a car and through the stage.
Hmm, Cena burying someone? There's something I've never seen before.
15. The New Age Outlaws Go Dumpster Diving
In 1998, Billy Gunn and "Road Dogg" Jesse Hames (a.k.a. The New Age Outlaws) were involved in a feud with Mankind and Chainsaw Charlie, who were having a singles match against each other on Monday Night Raw.
After Mankind hit an elbow drop on Chainsaw Charlie, who was lying in a dumpster on the stage, the New Age Outlaws came out, locked both men in the dumpster and then pushed it off the stage.
The crowd goes crazy, and Jim Ross screams, "There's people in there! What the hell is so great about that?!"
Remember the days when the WWE product was edgy, and the announcers were good?
Yeah, I miss those.
14. Shawn Michaels Goes Through 4 Tables
We've seen hundreds of wrestlers go through one table at time and dozens more go through two at a time.
But, at Armageddon in 2002, Shawn Michaels toppled from a ladder setup inside the ring through four tables on the outside.
Just another reason why we all love HBK.
13. Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley Crash and Burn
The only thing sicker than one guy crashing through four tables?
Two guys crashing through four tables.
Trust me, there's a reason why I loved all the Ladder/TLC matches between the Hardys, the Dudley Boys and Edge & Christian.
All these matches featured phenomenal spots that I'll still remember when I'm 90 years old.
12. Edge Spears Jeff Hardy off a Ladder at Wrestlemania 17
Edge. Jeff Hardy. TLC.
You know what's about to happen next, right?
These two guys are synonymous with any match involving ladders, and this was one of the sickest spots I've ever seen.
One that was executed to perfection as well.
11. Joey Mercury Gets His Face Busted
OK, so let me get this straight—a ladder is set up in perfect position for someone to jump off the top turnbuckle, hit the ladder and cause it to pop up and smash someone in the face, right?
Well, being that all that goes down in the blink of an eye, you would think they would find a way to make sure the guys who are about to get smashed in the face are going to be protected.
After Jeff Hardy jumped off the ladder, causing it to catapult into the air, Joey Mercury had some ladder for dinner.
Seriously, I know this was an accident, but that doesn't change the fact that it probably hurt like hell.
10. Kurt Angle's Moonsault off the Steel Cage
Kurt Angle is not really known as a high flyer, but he does have one of the most beautiful moonsaults I've ever seen.
Still, there's something about moonsaults that make me nervous.
I guess I feel like the wrestler could lose his train of thought at any moment and wind up breaking his neck in the process.
So, needless to say, I get a lot more worried when these guys do moonsaults off of things that are much higher than the turnbuckle.
Like the top of a steel cage, perhaps?
9. Jeff Hardy's Ridiculous Leg Drop onto Edge
There's an old saying that goes something like this: Payback's a b**ch.
Well, years after Edge speared Jeff Hardy off that ladder, Jeff got his payback in the form of a monster leg drop on Edge as he was stretched out across a ladder.
I can imagine that laying on a ladder doesn't feel right.
I can imagine that someone hitting a leg drop on you from 15 feet high while you're on that ladder probably doesn't feel great, either.
But I really can't imagine how it feels to have someone hit you with a leg drop that breaks the ladder that's underneath you.
Yeah, I'm sure that felt wonderful.
8. Owen Hart Falls to His Death
You know, the fall that led to Owen Hart's death was not the most insane stunt we've ever seen in and of itself, but it unfortunately became the most dangerous and the most tragic.
Numerous stars like Sting and Shawn Michaels have repelled down to the ring from the top of the arena without trouble, and Hart's harness breaking was just one of those very sad incidents that never should have happened.
Owen Hart was taken from us way too soon—and sadly, it was a completely unnecessary stunt that was the cause of dis death.
R.I.P. Owen. You're still missed.
7. The Big Show Breaks the Ring...Twice
Roughly eight years before Mark Henry superplexed The Big Show and caused the ring to implode at Vengeance, Show was on the receiving end of another superplex at the hands of Brock Lesnar that did the exact same thing.
Some have complained that the Henry/Show spot was a "copycat" of the Lesnar/Show one—and it was.
But I really don't care.
It was still an awesome spot to see, and I'm not going to complain if it happens again another eight years from now.
6. Edge Spears Mick Foley Through a Burning Table
The words "fire" and "professional wrestling" probably should never mix—but of course, they often do.
When Edge faced Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22, "The Rated R Superstar" hit a ridiculous spear on Foley that sent him crashing through a burning table on the outside.
Yeah, a spear on a burning table.
Somewhere, members of the fire department were freaking out when they saw this.
5. The Undertaker Chokeslams Mick Foley Through the Top of the Cell
The commentary from Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross in this match is exactly what the WWE is missing these days.
Lawler: "That's it, he's dead."
Ross: "Will somebody stop the damn match? Enough's enough."
I mean, I didn't want the match to stop, J.R.
But I do agree with "The King"—I also thought Foley was dead.
4. Shane McMahon Hits the Big Show with a Titantron Leg Drop
Shane McMahon might be the most entertaining non-wrestler in WWE history.
The stuff this guy was willing to do was absolutely maniacal, especially when you consider the fact that he didn't go through all the typical training to become a professional wrestler.
If you don't remember how nuts Shane-O-Mac was or if he came before your time, then all you gotta do is watch this video of him hitting the biggest leg drop ever on The Big Show.
Yep, I bet you're convinced now.
3. Jeff Hardy Hits a Swanton Bomb off the Titantron onto Randy Orton
People say that Jeff Hardy lost his mind once he left the WWE.
To those people, I'd like to say that he lost it well before he bolted the company.
Hardy was known for doing insane stunts when he was a part of a tag team with brother Matt, but he continued to do so when he was elevated to the main event scene in 2007 and 2008.
During one match on Raw with Randy Orton, however, Hardy gave new meaning to the world elevation.
He climbed some 30 feet up the Raw Titantron and hit Orton with his signature move, the Swanton Bomb, in a moment that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
I'm sure it wasn't very easy for Jeff to walk the next day.
2. Shane McMahon Does It Again
When Shane McMahon hit that huge leg drop on The Big Show, he was at least able to look at where he was falling.
But that wasn't the case during his Hardcore Championship match against Steve Blackman at SummerSlam in 2000.
After Blackman pummeled Shane with a Kendo stick at the top of the Titantron, Shane could no longer hold on, so he took a nasty fall that looked like one of those trust tests where you try to see if your friend will catch you—oh, except for the fact that it was about a 20-foot fall instead of a two-foot one.
I guess they call it the Hardcore title for a reason, folks.
1. The Undertaker Throws Mankind off the Hell in a Cell
Mick Foley, a.k.a. Mankind, was known for taking more risks than just about any other wrestler in WWE history.
That was never more evident than during his match with The Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998.
The bumps this man took were absolutely outrageous, and I still cringe when I see what he was willing to put his body through.
The spot that everyone will remember from this match is when Taker threw Foley off the top of the cell and sent him crashing through the announcer's table as Jim Ross sold the hell out of it.
How Foley got back up and kept wrestling is something I still can't wrap my around.