5 Most Gruesome Injuries That Startled The Fans at WWE Royal Rumble

Published 01/29/2021, 11:26 PM EST


While WWE Royal Rumble matches are not as gruesome as traditional no-disqualification wrestling matches, injuries can still happen. Ahead of the infamous Battle Royale on Sunday, let us look at the 5 most gruesome injuries suffered by WWE Superstars at the Royal Rumble.

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#John Cena – WWE Royal Rumble 2004

In the 2004 Royal Rumble, John Cena was still a newbie in the game. On top of that, he suffered a vicious injury during the match. After making it to the top 5, Cena got eliminated by Big Show.

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When he got eliminated, Cena’s left leg bent awkwardly, and he suffered a torn MC. Although he did not miss any dates because of WrestleMania season, the injury looked gruesome on TV. Cena was even included in the WWE “Don’t Try This at Home” video packages.

#CM Punk – WWE Royal Rumble 2014

The 2014 Royal Rumble was infamous for multiple reasons. One of them was obviously CM Punk’s last WWE appearance. Punk took part in the Battle Royale after a long time.

During the match, Punk suffered a concussion because of an ill-timed clothesline from Kofi Kingston. This would prompt WWE officials to eliminate Punk before his scheduled time.

Even after the concussion, Punk stayed in the match for 14 minutes before Kane eliminated him and choke slammed him through the table.

#AJ Styles – WWE Royal Rumble 2020

Last year’s Royal Rumble was showered with love by the WWE Universe, mainly because it marked the surprise return of WWE legend Edge. Unfortunately, the returning Superstar mistakenly injured the ‘Phenomenal One’ AJ Styles.

After a spear, AJ Styles landed awkwardly on his left shoulder. His arm seemed to dangle from the impact. A WWE official communicated with Edge and AJ Styles, and the latter was eliminated before his scheduled time.

Styles explained later on, “Edge did nothing, absolutely 100% nothing wrong. His move, his spear, everything was perfect the way he did it. If there is any blame put on anybody about what I’m dealing with my shoulder, it’s me. 100% me. I was over-brothered as they say, I just went crazy with my bump there.

#Beth Phoenix – WWE Royal Rumble 2020

Beth Phoenix is an incredibly tough woman who fears nothing. The WWE Hall of Famer is now a commentator on NXT but occasionally takes part in matches.

In her last in-ring appearance, Phoenix took part in the 2020 Royal Rumble as the 19th entrant. However, she suffered an injury early on in the match.

Phoenix bust her head open on the ring post after Bianca Belair slapped and caused the back of Phoenix’s head to hit one of the ring posts. Although she busted her head open, Phoenix completed the match until Shayna Baszler eliminated her.

#Vince McMahon – WWE Royal Rumble 2005

Who could forget this infamous moment? In the 2005 Rumble, Vince McMahon literally tore both of his quads out of anger!

Because of the controversial finish of the match, Mr. McMahon made an unscripted appearance and restarted the match. As he entered the ring, he tore his quads and sat screaming at the officials.

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Although his legs were burning in pain, McMahon made his way to the back on his own. The moment is one of the most infamous and unscripted moments in the Rumble history.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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