In your opinion, what’s the most memorable pro-wrestling injury in The History of Our Sport™? Kayfabe, real, in or out of the ring, it doesn’t matter. We want to know which wrestling injury pops into your head when you think “wrestling injuries,” and why. You can thank John Cena’s broken nose for this week’s topic.
As a point of clarification, this isn’t intended to be an “LOL, they got hurt” kind of thing. We aren’t celebrating peoples’ pain or laughing at garbage wrestlers when they light themselves on fire and jump off scaffolds in fields. If that kid jumping off his house and breaking his tailbone from The Best of Backyard Wrestling is your favorite wrestling injury ever, sure, talk about it, but let’s focus more on what happened, and why it mattered.
The one in the banner image is solid. It’s Stone Cold Steve Austin “pillmanizing” Brian Pillman and creating a fun term for when you put somebody’s leg in a closed folding chair and stomp it.
I think my answer to the question is the Four Horsemen jumping the late, great “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes in a parking lot and breaking his hand. If you’ve never seen it, it’s just as effective today as it was 30 years ago. The brutality of the attack is made worse by the presentation. Dusty screaming, “make it good!” The still-frame of Ole’s swing, and the black censor blotch to keep us from seeing Dusty’s assumedly mangled hand. There’s even an explanation for why the cameraman’s there: The Horsemen wanted everyone to see them take out Dusty. That one stayed with me.
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