**Edited on October 1st 2018**
Benoit Accidently Breaks Sabu’s Neck.
Whether you care for him or not, it doesn’t take away from how brutal this botch was. Before the incident Benoit was already nicknamed “The Crippler”, and the name became even more synonymous with him after word got around how he’d “crippled” Sabu. ECW used the real-life incident to further Benoit’s gimmick.
In a singles match against Sabu at ECW November To Remember 1994, Benoit lifted Sabu over his head to execute a flapjack. Sabu went for the ride and tried to flip for a back body drop, but instead, fell head first on to his shoulders and neck. Despite it being a genuine accident, Benoit felt terrible for putting his colleagues life in danger.
Vince McMahon Rushes In And Tears Both Quads.
At Royal Rumble 2005, Cena and Batista were the last two in the Rumble and they both dropped to the outside at the same time. The referees argued over who the real winner was, so an angry Vince rushed down to the ring.
Unluckily for him, he bashed both quads on the ring apron as he jumped in the ring, and the pain was so great he couldn’t stand up. While the audience laughed, an angry Vince continued to do his job and restarted the match.
I’m not going to include a video below, because I found a HD quality video with wrestlers and Vince McMahon talking about the incident on a video posted on Vimeo, but due to privacy settings I could not embed it here. You can view it at the following link >>> Vince McMahon Tears Both Quads
Hardcore Holly Picks Up A Serious Cut And Finishes The Match
As much as we hear bad things about Hardcore Holly, one night on ECW he and Rob Van Dam fought in an Extreme Rules match. After suplexing RVD through a table, Holly picked up a deep cut on his back and worked the rest of the match!
I included the match below, so you can see the suplex at 08:35. After the match, the medical personnel wrapped him up at 17:15, and Holly needed 24 stitches to close it up. He proved his toughness by working through it with such a deep gash, and even took the pinfall loss on it. Ouch!
Sting Injures His Knee Trying To Get Revenge On Flair
Back in 1990, WCW aired Clash Of The Champions X with a six man tag cage match (main event) with The Four Horsemen facing The Gary Hart International. Prior to the event, Sting was kicked out of the Horsemen (for refusing to relinquish his title shot) and replaced by Ole Anderson; Sting took it to heart and wanted to exact revenge on the Horsemen leader.
Initially, Sting came down to ringside and distracted Flair while officials and wrestlers tried to hold him back. They managed to pull him away for a brief time, but The Stinger broke free and tried to climb the cage. He was stopped, and in the commotion Sting somehow tore his knee and needed assistance to stand up. Flair didn’t know about the injury as he viciously attacked a one-legged Sting as the credits rolled.
The injury forced WCW bookers to change their plans, and it ended up as Lex Luger challenging Flair for the title at WrestleWar with Stings support.
Mitsuharu Misawa Falls Unconscious In The Ring And Dies Later In Hospital.
In the summer of 2009, Misawa teamed with Go Shiozaki to challenge the GHC Tag Team Champions Akitoshi Saito and Bison Smith. After taking a belly-to-back suplex from Saito, he lost consciousness and the match was stopped. He was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.
While it’s speculated from a police report that he died from a cervical spine injury causing cardiac arrest, Misawa’s family asked the police not to publicly disclose the cause of death. Misawa wrestled many 5 star matches in his career, mostly against long-time rival Kenta Kobashi. Also, he was the founder of Pro Wrestling NOAH and named Wrestler Of The Year three times by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
His death caused several promotions to act on regulating wrestling in the country, but it can be argued puroresu still goes unregulated with wrestlers working as frequently as ever. The Japanese style is hard-hitting and unforgiving, and has seen several legends retire prematurely .. or in cases like Misawa’s .. resulted in death.
When will wrestling promotions realize workers need time to recover from injuries? When will they take the step forward in implementing fair regulation to save lives? Does the cost of a life mean anything? Or is it all about money? These are the questions fans should ask of their wrestling promotions.
And that’s all from me .. and that’s all from him. Yes, that was a Two Ronnies tribute. Thanks for reading, and see you again soon for another volume of wrestling’s worst incidents & injuries. RIP Misawa.