10 Wrestling Matches So Brutal Promoters STOPPED Them Early

Matches that made Vince McMahon and others yell "Ring the f****** bell!"

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Some wrestling matches can get seriously out of hand.

Just look to Mick Foley vs. The Undertaker at King of the Ring (1998), which has grown so legendary over the years for how vicious it was that it’s one of the few pro wrestling matches to have its own Wikipedia page dedicated to it. Or, say, The Rock and Mankind’s brutal “I Quit” match at Royal Rumble (1999) that featured some of the most barbaric chair shots ever thrown.

There have been gruesome matches featuring hardcore heroes like Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Sabu, Atsushi Onita and John Zandig that have pushed the limits on brutality in wrestling, and injuries to wrestlers in matches that were so ghastly you wonder how they ever finished, like Rey Mysterio concussing and breaking Undertaker’s nose open with a high knee on SmackDown and countless others.

Promoters over the years have rarely stopped a match after the bell rang, with the ingrained belief in wrestlers that you always finish the match no matter what. But for unusual circumstances and reasons, promoters have had to step in and stop matches in situations, especially over the last decade (with what we now know of concussions).

Let's look at those times the powers that be said "enough is enough" and brought the match to an end...


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