Jeff Hardy’s Demise
This unscripted event happened at a major PPV. Jeff Hardy had previously been arrested by the law for drug possession. He was a known drug user. This was one of Jeff’s most important matches of his career, he was facing Sting.
Before the match had begun Jeff had filled his body with drugs, it was clear as day the man was under the influence. TNA went ahead with the match after then GM Eric Bishcoff had intervened to tell Sting to end the match quickly.
Jeff was put into voluntary rehabilitation near after. He has since returned to TNA and continues to do well since that unfortunate event. Still, it’s one of the worst unscripted events that happened in pro wrestling ring.
Darren Drozdov, AKA WWE wrestler Droz, was having a match with D’Lo Brown. D’Lo went for the power bomb move but as Droz came crashing down to the mat he landed badly, so bad that Droz was left paralyzed for the rest of his life. Fifteen years on, Droz considers himself a living miracle. He later went on record to say:
“I have no hard feelings toward D’Lo because sh*t happens and everyone who gets involved in athletics, including WWE, knows the risks that exist,” Droz said from his New Jersey home recently. “It was an accident.”
“No matter what puts you down, in my eyes and in my mind, there is always another day. Just because I’m paralyzed and stuck in a wheelchair, doesn’t mean my life is over. I’ve learned to live again and my life is far from over.” — Darren Drozdov
Hijo del Perro Aguayo
Rey Mysterio had left the WWE to join Mexican promotion AAA.
During this time he had a match scheduled vs Extreme Tiger (Hijo del Perro Aguayo). Rey had hit his finisher the 619′, as Perro tried to dodge the move but ended up being caught out, he suffered serious whiplash to his neck as he was falling forward causing cervical trauma. Sadly, Aguayo died.
The match was a tag team, and TNA star Manik. Konnan was at ringside during this tragic event.
Canada’s Montreal Screwjob
This one appears on countless lists, and rightly so.
Shawn and Bret at one time completely hated each other guts. So much so that there rivalry became personal. Bret had been Vince’s #1 guy for quite some time but as the passing of the torch approached, Hart did not like it, or the fact that he was going to lose his title in montreal to the man he despised more than anything.
Leading up to this incident Bart Hart was not willing to do the job to Shawn Michael’s as he was Canadas very own. So Vince McMahon being Vince McMahon decided to screw Bret by ordering referee ‘Earl ‘Hebner to ring the bell while Hart was caught in his own Sharpshooter finisher by Shawn Michael’s. Earl waved his arms foe the bell, the crowed gasped in disbelief at what they had witnessed.
Bret went on a bit of a destruction rampage and signaled by hand that he was leaving to join WCW. This lead to the incident being famously known as “The Montreal Screwjob.”
Since then, they have supposedly “buried the hatchet” Some folk still ask the question. Was the Screwjob a work? Or was it legitimate shoot? I’d say, it was all legitimate.
Owen Hart Falls To His Death
This awful disaster happened at the 1999 PPV Over The Edge. Owen, dressed as his early 90’s character “The Blue Blazer” would have an harness attached to him that was suppose to lower him to from 80ft height to the the ring. As he began his entrance from the roof, Owen was being lowered down towards the ring when the harness suddenly snapped. The stunt had gone disastrously wrong.
Owen had fell a distance of 78 feet to the ring, hitting his chest into the top ring rope resulting in his untimely death.
Owen is remembered for his whit, he was one of the best wrestlers to ever grace the wrestling circuit. He is still terribly missed.
Rest In Piece Owen Hart.