From the Undertaker to Brock Lesnar, Five WWE Superstars Who Suffered Severe Injuries at WrestleMania

Published 03/31/2021, 5:31 AM EDT


When it comes to wrestling, there isn’t a stage grander than “The Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment” i.e. WrestleMania. Wrestlers work their entire lives to be a part of the grandest wrestling event of them all, and if a wrestler is fortunate enough to be a part of the event, they surely give their all and then some for the sake of the match.

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Wrestlers are always hyped up with their adrenalin levels running wild during WrestleMania. They look to perform some insane, unique, and over-the-top moves and entrances, and sometimes this can lead to serious injuries.

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#5 Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32

WrestleMania 32 featured the return of Shane McMahon to face ‘The Phenom’ in a “Hell In A Cell” match. What made the match even more interesting was the added stipulation that if ‘Shane-O-Mac’ won the match, he would get complete control of Monday Night RAW from his father, Vince McMahon. During the ending moments of the match, Shane attempted to land an ‘Elbow Drop’ on The Undertaker from the top of the Hell in a Cell cage.

Shane saw The Deadman lying motionless on the announcer’s table and jumped from the top, only for Undertaker to move out of the way at the last possible moment, which meant that Shane landed directly on the announcer table. In an interview with ESPN, Shane revealed,

I blew my belly button out — an umbilical hernia — because I hit so hard [on impact]. I didn’t expect that force to be that hard. But oh my god, it was. We knew we had it all the way through the match, just based on the reaction. He was happy with it when it was over.I always have extra baseball jerseys made for important events, so I presented one to him after the match, and as I was doing that, he was giving me one of his [MMA-style] gloves. That old-school appreciation.

#4 Triple-H

‘The King of Kings’ always had a special entrance when it came to WrestleMania, and his WrestleMania 29 entrance was no exception. But unbeknownst to the fans, the super-cold carbon dioxide incorporated as part of his entrance before the match against Brock Lesnar, actually burned Triple H‘s skin.

The carbon dioxide would turn to ice when it hit Triple H’s skin, causing the former champion to have 2nd-degree burns. Despite the intense pain, ‘The Game’ continued to wrestle and won the match. Both ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ and ‘The Beast Incarnate’ put on a great show for the audience.

#3 The Rock At WrestleMania 29

The most electrifying wrestler in sports-entertainment history did not go without an injury. The Rock faced off against John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania 29 for the second year on the trot. Unfortunately, as the match progressed, The Rock would be in severe pain due to a torn abdomen and a leg injury which he himself described as “complete numbness.”

#2  Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 19

WrestleMania 19 was a memorable one as it encompassed some of the most iconic moments in wrestling history, including ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s last match as a professional wrestler, and the return of HBK to ‘The Showcase of The Immortals’.

The main event of WrestleMania 19 was between ‘The Beast’ Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle. The match was supposed to end with Lesnar hitting Angle with a “Shooting Star Press”, but it actually ended in tragedy as Lesnar botched the move and landed right on his neck, instantly concussing himself.

#1 The Undertaker

The unbelievable streak of ‘The Deadman‘ would come to an extraordinary end at the hands of Brock Lesnar, which would become one of the most shocking matches in WWE history. The Undertaker got a concussion within the first few minutes of the match, and this severely affected the quality of the contest itself.

Knowing that the fans were eager to witness a match between the two wrestlers, The Undertaker did not let his concussion get the best of him. He delivered a match that became one of the most iconic matches in WWE history. On the “Broken Skull Sessions” with Steve Austin, Undertaker stated.

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The thing with this match, though, not everybody knows — somewhere within the first five minutes of this match, I get concussed. I don’t even remember this night. I mean I have watched it back now. I obviously know. My last memory that I can definitively tell you happened about 3:30 in the afternoon when my wife came backstage and we had a conversation. That’s the last thing that I remember on my own of that day.”

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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