10 Horrifying Wrestling Injuries Captured On Camera

Ring Sting.

Triple H Injury

There was no hiding place.

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.

10. Joey Mercury's Face

Triple H Injury

*The injury in full*

The above visual alone is enough to realise just how unlucky Joey Mercury was to find his fizzog p*ssing blood at the mid-point of a filler pay-per-view. But the MNM star leaving half of his face stuck to the side of a ladder took all sorts of odd circumstances conspiring beyond Jeff Hardy's terrifying teeter-totter spot.

Having only just been welcomed back into the fold, Mercury was the toast of the company alongside partner Johnny Nitro after MNM and The Hardy Boyz worked beyond all reasonable expectations to try and save the disastrous December To Dismember show with a creditable opener. Keen to placate their loyalest supporters ordering Armageddon two weeks later, the company airlifted the pairs into Brian Kendrick and Paul London's Tag Team Title defence against David Taylor and William Regal. And they brought a ladder with them.

The contest was comfortably the best match of the night and - as with the ECW catastrophe - went some way to repairing relations with a ripped-off audience. The cost to Mercury went beyond the horrendous facial damage. It reinitiated a long battle he was still losing with pain medication, resulting in him eventually losing his job yet again.


Michael is a writer, editor, podcaster and presenter for WhatCulture Wrestling, and has been with the organisation over 7 years. He primarily produces written, audio and video content on WWE and AEW, but also provides knowledge and insights on all aspects of the wrestling industry thanks to a passion for it dating back over 30 years. As one third of "The Dadley Boyz", Michael has contributed to the huge rise in popularity of the WhatCulture Wrestling Podcast, earning it top spot in the UK's wrestling podcast charts with well over 50,000,000 total downloads. He has been featured as a wrestling analyst for the Tampa Bay Times and Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, and has covered milestone events in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, London and Cardiff. Michael's background in media stretches beyond wrestling coverage, with a degree in Journalism from the University Of Sunderland (2:1) and a series of published articles in sports, music and culture magazines The Crack, A Love Supreme and Pilot. When not offering his voice up for daily wrestling podcasts, he can be found losing it singing far too loud watching his favourite bands play live. Follow him on X/Twitter - @MichaelHamflett