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Top 10 WWE Wrestlers Who Almost Died As A Result Of A Wrestling Injury

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  • Top 10 WWE Wrestlers Who Almost Died As A Result Of A Wrestling Injury
  • 10. Mass Transit (1996)
  • Remaining in ECW,
  • the Mass Transit incident now lives in infamy as one of the most disgusting moments
  • in the company’s hardcore history.
  • When 17-year old Erik Klaus wanted to become a wrestler,
  • he wouldn’t let anything stop him, not even his age.
  • Telling officials he was 23
  • and trained by Killer Kowalski, the same man who trained Triple H,
  • Kulas worked as Mass Transit,
  • a heel, who despite his villainous acts, did not deserve what happened to him.
  • Facing off against New Jack, the kid told Jack cut him for drama, though the Gangsta went too deep,
  • severing an artery, with Kulas bleeding profusely.
  • As fans, including Kulas’ own father begged for the match to stop,
  • New Jack took things further, in a hate-filled racist promo,
  • saying he didn’t care if Kulas died
  • because Jack hated all white people.
  • The incident led to ECW temporarily losing their first pay per view,
  • Barely Legal, which was pushed to April 1997.
  • Whilst New Jack was acquitted of any wrong-doing,
  • since Kulas had asked him to cut him,
  • the moment nearly cost the young man his life,
  • who died in 2002 due to surgery complications.
  • 9. Marty Garner (1996)
  • Many fans will never have heard of Marty Garner,
  • , but they’ll certainly know of his opponent in the match
  • that nearly took Garner’s life: Triple H.
  • In May 1996, Garner faced Helmsley,
  • still working as a snobby blue-blood,
  • during a taping of WWF Superstars.
  • During the match, the future-King of Kings attempted a Pedigree.
  • Unfortunately, Garner had never taken the move before,
  • and thinking it was some kind of powerbomb or suplex, jumped far too high, with Garner crashing on the top of his head, suffering neck damage.
  • To make the injury more shocking,
  • the botched move was not edited out
  • of any broadcast of Superstars,
  • and was even featured as the WWF’s Slam of the Week.
  • After close examination,
  • doctors concluded that Garner had nearly been paralysed by the move,
  • but much like many stars on this list, returned to wrestling not long after.
  • 8. Ken Shamrock (1997)
  • Whilst the WWF career of Ken Shamrock may have been brief,
  • the UFC star left a lasting impression.
  • One of the toughest men to step into the squared circle,
  • Shamrock was known for his erratic style,
  • with the former Intercontinental Champion
  • often foaming stage blood from the mouth.
  • But Shamrock’s most unforgettable bout of internal bleending was legit,
  • and could nearly have taken the Superstar’s life.
  • Appearing with fellow-WWF Superstar Vader as part of Japan’s FMW,
  • Shamrock worked the show with both a lung infection and a bad rib.
  • These were made all the more worse after he was powerbombed by Vader twice during a brutal cage match,
  • which saw the UFC star’s lungs to fill with blood.
  • Telling Vader not to do the proposed third powerbomb,
  • Shamrock has said that brief message saved his life,
  • as his lung had ripped open, and doctors told him that
  • that any more hard bumps
  • could cause his lungs to fill with blood,
  • potentially drowning the Superstar from the inside.
  • 7. Buff Bagwell (1998)
  • On the April 22nd 1998 edition of WCW Thunder,
  • Buff Bagwell faced off against Rick Steiner, in what should’ve been a fine-but-forgettable match.
  • Instead, Bagwell suffered a horrible injury, after taking a running Bulldog from the Michigan-native, with Bagwell’s head striking Steiner’s back.
  • The botch left Buff unable to move his limbs,
  • with the 5-time WCW Tag Team Champion
  • wheelchair-bound for several months,
  • as his spine had taken the brunt of the damage.
  • Amazingly, Bagwell was able to ' come back from the brink,
  • returning to WCW just a few months later, in July that same year.
  • Whilst this miraculous return could have led to a huge turning point for Bagwell,
  • who would no doubt be seen as a babyface from fans,
  • Bagwell returned to be insulted by Hulk Hogan,
  • and quickly turned heel himself not long after.
  • The heel turned halted any future face-run Bagwell would have, and in hindsight,
  • was a stupid decision by WCW,
  • but that’s a story for another day…
  • 6. Gangrel (1999)
  • In folklore, there are only a handful of items that can harm a vampire,
  • namely Holy Water,
  • Garlic,
  • Silver
  • and sunlight.
  • But in a February 1999 edition of RAW is War,
  • Gangrel nearly lost his life on live Television,
  • in the most horrific of ways.
  • After crossing The Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness,
  • Gangrel was to be hanged over the top rope with a noose, though the company erroneously tried to save face by calling It a bull rope instead.
  • Speaking on Sean Waltman’s podcast in 2016,
  • Gangrel revealed that after bouncing of the ring-apron, the noose tightened, with the Vampire certain he was going to die, as the noose continued to crush his neck.
  • Thankfully, it was Mideon , who thankfully wasn’t Naked Mideon at the time,
  • who saved the day, noticing the real danger Gangrel was in,
  • and allieved some of the pressure, saving his life in the process.
  • 5. Darren Drozdov (1999)
  • When NFL star Darren Drozdov vomited on a football during a game,
  • he did not know how much his life would change.
  • Joining the WWF in 1998,
  • Drozdov became ‘Puke’, who was the unofficial member of the Legion of Doom.
  • Whilst his first year in the company was okay at best,
  • things went bad quickly in 1999, during an October taping of Smackdown.
  • When his opponent D-Lo Brown went for his running powerbomb,
  • Droz’s loose t-shirt caused things to go wrong,
  • as neither man could get the proper grip,
  • Paralyzed from the waist down,
  • Droz’s in-ring career instantly came to an end, with the match being pulled from the show.
  • According to Mick Foley who was at the arena that night,
  • D-Lo Brown was distraught at the disaster,
  • though Droz told him not to blame himself, saying accidents happen.
  • Whilst his in-ring career has ended
  • Droz is now a permanent employee of WWE, and has regained mobility in most of his upper body.
  • To this day, he still considers the move that changed his life, and still holds
  • no ill-will towards Brown, in a true show of class.
  • 4. Hayabusa (2001)
  • A legend of Japanese wrestling, the death of Hayabusa in March 2016
  • sent shockwaves through the community,
  • even though the FMW star nearly died over a decade earlier.
  • Facing Mammoth Sasaki in October 2001
  • the match had a big fight feel to it, with the stipulation
  • being that if Hayabusa won,
  • his friend Shoichi Arai would be re-instated as FMW president.
  • Attempting a manoeuvre off the middle rope, Hayabusa lost his footing,
  • crocking two of his vertebrae,
  • and leaving the legend wheelchair- bound for years.
  • Shockingly, Hayabusa was able to stand on his feet in 2015, with the help of a cane,
  • which sadly makes it all the more tragic
  • when he passed away a year later, at age 47.
  • 3. Scott Steiner (2007)
  • After leaving WWE in 2004,
  • it was only a matter of time before Scott Steiner brought his unique physique
  • and even more unique promos to TNA Wrestling.
  • Appearing at a house show in San Juan,
  • Big Poppa Pump teamed with James Storm, to take on
  • Jeff Jarrett and loca star, Apollo.
  • During the match, Apollo caught Freakzilla off-guard with a quick kick to the throat,
  • which led to Steiner coughing up blood.
  • He was quickly rushed to hospital,
  • where the situation looked grim,
  • as he was diagnosed with a torn trachea,
  • and reportedly given less than six hours to live.
  • Over the next month, Steiner would face all sort of procedures to repair his body,
  • including doctors having to cut through his ribs and lungs to repair the wound.
  • As if that wasn’t enough, Steiner wasn’t allowed to fly back to the mainland,
  • as the cabin pressure could’ve caused his lung to collapse,
  • meaning the former WCW star travelled back on boat,
  • on a trip that took a gruelling, painful week for Big Poppa Pump.
  • 2. Tyson Kidd (2015)
  • Tyson Kidd was one of WWE’s most reliable workhorses,
  • debuting in the company’s ECW brand in 2009.
  • After a resurgence of his career in NXT in 2014,
  • the Canadian star faced off against a relatively new Samoa Joe,
  • who had used his signature muscle buster for over a decade.
  • Unfortunately, in this dark match, the move fractured Kidd’s neck,
  • sadly ending his in-ring career
  • just as Kidd was becoming a big star once again.
  • The only upside to all this, if there is one,
  • is that Kidd’s injury could’ve been much worse.
  • He underwent surgery that required 16 stapes,
  • four scores and the insertion of a rod into a neck,
  • an operation that according to Kidd,
  • only 5% of people survive.
  • In an interview, Dave Meltzer
  • compared the injury to
  • the horse-riding accident
  • actor Christopher Reeve suffered in 1995,
  • which led the former Superman
  • paralyzed for life.
  • Nowadays, Kidd has transitioned to a backstage role,
  • and appears regularly on Total Divas
  • alongside wife Natalya.
  • 12. Sean Waltman (1992)
  • Whether it be as the 123-Kid in the WWF,
  • Syxx in WCW
  • or X-Pac during the Attitude Era,
  • Sean Waltman has sustained his share of notable injuries,
  • from neck issues in the 90s,
  • to a torn anus during Jerry Lyn’s retirement show.
  • But in November 1992, the 46-year-old’s life
  • nearly came to an untimely end, at a show in New Jersey.
  • Waltman was outside of the ring,
  • where he was supposed to catch his opponent’s suicide dive,
  • but the un-named star overshot him, causing a collision, with Waltman’s head
  • crashing into the concrete floor. Instantly knocked out,
  • Waltman later suffered a blood clot near his brain,
  • and ended up in hospital for several days after.
  • The former Intercontinental Champion was even advised to retire,
  • but clearly did not take doctor’s advice,
  • and won the Tag Team Champions with Marty Jannetty just over a year later.
  • 11. Tazz (1995)
  • In the original ECW, Tazz was presented
  • as the ultimate fighting machine, who mowed down each and every opponent.
  • A former football star and Judo fighter,
  • the New Yorker was a huge favourite of the ECW crowd,
  • who respected his in-ring style, persona and toughness.
  • But on July 15th 1995, that toughness was pushed to the limit,
  • as Taz teamed with Eddie Guerrero to face Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio.
  • Mid-match, the FTW Champion
  • was hoisted up for a spike piledriver, but failed to properly brace for the move, coming down on his forehead at a slanted angle.
  • After the match, Tazz somehow walked to the hospital,
  • to the amazement of the medical staff,
  • given the severity of the damage to his neck.
  • Whilst he would return several months later, the submission machine
  • would abruptly retire in 2002, due to this and other injuries.
  • Like he’d say on commentary, this ain’t ballet.
  • 1.Dean Ambrose (2017)
  • n an interview with the Monitor,
  • Dean Ambrose recently revealed that he was very close to death
  • due to a recent incident during his recovery.
  • After going under the knife for a triceps injury in December 2017,
  • a Staph infection was detected,
  • one that could’ve ended the former WWE Champion’s life. Ambrose said:
  • “I ended up having two different surgeries. I had this MRSA, Staph infection. I nearly died. I was in the hospital for a week,
  • plugged up to this antibiotic drip thing, and I was on all these antibiotics for months, that make you puke and crap your pants…
  • To go from not being able to eat my Froot Loops, to being able to get back in the ring and throw people around
  • and throw punches and do everything back to normal, it was a very gratifying feeling.”
  • Thankfully, Ambrose has been able to return,
  • teaming with his Shield brother Seth Rollins,
  • before betraying him in one of the greatest heel turns in recent memory.
  • Well guys that's our list, can you think of any other wrestlers who almost died in the ring? Please share your comments below If you like this video , please check our previous video – “Top 14 Famous WWE Superstars In Case You Didn’t Know Grew Up Poor”
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