Professional wrestling often gets bluntly dismissed as being fake.
While the matches’ outcomes are predetermined, the wrestlers put their bodies on the line every time they step between the ropes. At WrestleMania 29, some of the biggest names of all-time suffered some pretty gnarly injuries.
Triple H and Brock Lesnar squared off in a match that was slow, methodical and brutal. While some argued the pace was too slow, this may not have been intentional, as everyone involved in the match suffered a pretty serious injury in the process.
Triple H got hurt before even stepping into the ring, as dry ice gave him second degree burns on his abdomen while he stood on the stage of the MetLife Stadium.
Then, about five minutes into the match, Brock Lesnar fell backwards onto his head, causing him to be effectively knocked out for a majority of the match.
During a spot on the announcer’s table, Triple H’s arm fell underneath Brock’s body, and The Game thought his arm was broken for the rest of the match. Luckily, x-rays revealed it was not broken, but that he most likely suffered a muscle contusion.
Shawn Michaels had minimal involvement in the match, but he was involved enough to suffer a broken nose in the process.
CM Punk carried the WWE for the last two years, fighting night in and night out regardless of the injuries he was suffering from. Despite tearing his meniscus last year and requiring surgery, he only missed a couple of weeks.
During his epic bout with The Undertaker at WrestleMania, CM Punk climbed on top of the top rope and elbow dropped Taker, who was laying on the announcers’ table.
Upon impact, the table did not give, and Punk severely injured his leg. Despite this, he kept going and the two of them put on one of the most memorable WrestleMania matches of all-time.
The biggest injury occurred to the biggest star on the card, The Rock. During his main event match with John Cena, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tore his abdomen off of his pelvis while attempting to hit Cena with his patented move, The Rock Bottom.
Rocky somehow fought through the excruciating injury and finished the match, as John Cena recaptured the WWE Championship.
The Rock was flown down to Miami for medical treatment at his alma mater, the University of Miami. This ruined plans to build the hype of Brock vs. Rock for WrestleMania 30, which was slated to begin on Raw the night after Mania.
The Rock tweeted about his injury the night after WrestleMania.
In the middle of last nights Wrestlemania match I tore my abdomen & adductor muscles off the bone. Just part of the job. But as we know.. — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 8, 2013
..It's all about #JustBringIt. WWE Universe THANK YOU for all the love & well wishes. Means everything to me. #LeaveItAllInTheRing — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 8, 2013
While the matches are predetermined, the risks these athletes take to entertain are VERY real, and sometimes, they suffer the consequences. Don’t undermine their craft, as they are some of the toughest SOBs on the planet!
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