WWE had made their bed inside Riyadh's King Saud University Stadium and Triple H was being forced to lie in it. But it wasn't the world's negative glare causing the company's kayfabe Chief Operating Officer and legitimate Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative to wince and writhe in pain, nor was it some masterful selling of the limp and listless attacks by The Undertaker and Kane.
As in 2001 and 2007, Hunter was again gutting his way through a contest having suffered a significant muscle tear away from his significant frame.
The pectoral injury that took place relatively early in the ponderous 27-minute Crown Jewel main event temporarily floored 'The Game', and will remove him from any physicality for the next few months. Though it hopefully won't require the extensive rehab his aforementioned quadricep injuries required, the grisly image he posted online of a body turned blackened and bruised was a stark reminder of the real hazards WWE so often speak of. And for Hunter, it had yet again happened with the world watching.
An obvious disclaimer perhaps, but the moments in this list are strictly for ghoulish pleasure. Wrestling is an endeavour in which a fan should never see a performer get hurt, yet particularly gruesome injuries are predictably difficult to look away from.
Away from the controversial Saudi supershow, 2018 has occasionally presented professional wrestling at its most beautiful. These are bloody and brutal snatches of the industry's ugliest side.
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