Look upon Stone Cold Steve Austin’s f*cked-up elbow, ye mighty, and despair.
The WWE Hall of Famer shared this photo of his elbow ahead of a podcast taping, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Austin suffers from a common wrestler problem called “olecranon bursitis,” which Wikipedia describes as “Smiles’ elbow,” “elbow bump,” “student’s elbow,” “Popeye elbow,” “baker’s elbow,” or “gamer’s elbow.” STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN HAS SMILES ELBOW. You may also know it as John Cena Elbow.
Here’s the explanation for the condition, with a transcription h/t to Fox Sports:
“I bent down to pick up a weight and I used my left arm, and my [expletive] left arm didn’t wanna bend. And I’m like ‘man, what the [expletive]’s wrong with my arm?’ So I grabbed my left arm with my right hand, and it’s like someone had buried a golf ball in my elbow.
You know, back in the day, when I was in the game of pro wrestling, when I was first starting out – or hell, it could be any time – try and make a flat-back landing and sometimes your elbows just bang into that mat and you bust that bursa sac. Virtually all the boys who ever come up in the business have that tennis ball elbow as you go through the paces, because it kinda comes with the territory.”
For another point of view, here’s The Internet: