Ever heard of “wrestling is fake” from the people who don’t know a thing about pro-wrestling, well they are the dumbest one. Just because the outcome is pre-determined, that doesn’t take anything away from the reality that wrestlers put their body through hell for the entertainment of the audience. Sometimes they are hurt really bad but they still go on and get the job done.
Though the results are pre-determined they take significant risks during matches. They are away from their family for most of the year but they still try to entertain fans. Their athleticism, speed, and agility are real, they wrestle in the matches that do not just include aerial maneuvers, taking leaps off of the top rope, off of cages and off of ladders. For the knowing of the majority of fans who have never wrestled, for them what looks to be just simple bump it could seriously blow the different parts of the body, most prominently to the head, chest and neck regions of a human.
But, sometimes things went too far for them either it is inside the ring or outside the ring. Many times they suffer terrible death or an incident that was completely unavoidable, an incident that never should have occurred in the first-place. That day continues and remembered as one of the darkest day in the history of the Pro-wrestling, one that stunned everyone who was in the audience that night or in the industry witnessing that tragic act right in front of their eyes.
The only positive outcome came from that evening is that the company involved has never again taken such a huge risk with one of its performers.
Here in this list, we’ll look at those performers who started their careers dreaming of being the best in the business but ended up as tragic lessons for the generations-to-come.
Before heading into the WWE, Eddie Guerrero was acknowledged to be among the pioneering wrestlers who brought their technical skills and different types of maneuvers into a notable promotion like ECW.
Rising from the hardcode promotion ECW, he was known for his incredible charisma and special in-ring skills. Eddie soon turned out to be a fan favorite when he arrived at the WWE. He worked both the heel and face persona and even went on to win the WWE championship and headlined WrestleMania. He had no trouble fitting into any kind of scenario.
Unfortunately, Eddie was found insensitive in his Minneapolis, Minnesota hotel room by his nephew and his tag-team partner Chavo Guerrero, Jr. His partner tried to CPR him but Eddie was pronounced dead when the medical staff arrived on the scene. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was acute heart failure. He passed away at the young age of 38 years. The drug issues that he had at some point before his death were curst for the incident. Eddie’s death left an enormous void within the business – a void that is nevertheless to be filled.
Even though his career was cut tragically short, however, he left an inerasable mark on the sports-entertainment industry.
In starting of his career he was known as Fatu. He started his career with his tag team partner mike. After his second comeback in WWE, he finally finds his character as ‘Umaga’. His new persona brought him a new direction as a Superstar, and he soon found himself on the top-of-the-card with big names like the franchise player John Cena. He was also the focal point of the WrestleMania face-off between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump, as he was the handpicked representative of Mr.McMahon.
However, good things didn’t last long for him. In 2009, Umaga was found dead and witnesses said they saw blood coming out of his nose, and the cause of death was later revealed to be a heart attack. There were additional future revelations that Umaga profaned several of the WWE talent wellness policies and was exploiting many medicines that eventually contributed to his death.
Nicknamed ‘Ninth wonder of the world’ Chyna started the pro-wrestling with a bang in 1996 when she won Rookie of the Year for the Women’s Championship. Chyna came to WWE to fight, serving as the daunting bodyguard to each Triple H and Shawn Michaels as a creative member of D-Generation X. She continued within the capability of help once the legendary group’s ranks proud, however individual success was fast to follow.
She eventually became the one and only undefeated female champion in the history of the WWF. She was the 1st woman to qualify for the King of the Ring Tournament and the Royal Rumble Match. She was additionally the first woman to carry the I.C title.
Chyna was found dead in her home in Redondo Beach, California in April 2016. She was just 45 when she passed away, and police were uncertain as to her reason of death.
She managed her success even after leaving the pro wrestling industry to success on the screen, appearing in music videos and adult films later in her career.
Chris Benoit was a Canadian wrestler who held the 22 championships all over the world including WWF/E. He headlined many pay-per-views in WWE, including a victory in the WWE World Championship main event match of WrestleMania 20. Also, he was the 2nd of five men in the history of pro-wrestling to achieve both the WCW and WWE Triple Crown Championships.
This tragedy is still remembered in the wrestling industry. Over a 3-day period, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and his young son by choking them before hanging himself from a pulley in his weight area in their home. After an autopsy of Benoit, it had been found that recurrent concussions on his brain had caused a major amount of injury to and result in dementia (disorder) which might cause behavioral issues.
His real name was ‘André René Roussimoff’ born in 1946 in Molines, France. In his early age, he exhibited signs of gigantism though he was not diagnosed with the disorder acromegaly until his 20s. He began his pro-wrestling training in Paris at the age of 17 and eventually became famous in wrestling circuits around the world. Andre joined WWE in 1973 where he was known for his rivalry with Hulk Hogan.
Known as “Eight Wonder of the World”, was sports-entertainment before the sports-entertainment. He had an undefeated streak (1973-1987). He suffered his first loss in 15 years at the hands of Hulk Hogan in an epic clash at WrestleMania 1 at the Shea Stadium in 1980.But things didn’t run long for Andre. He was in Paris for his father’s funeral when he died in his sleep of congestive heart failure in a Paris hotel room. His ashes were later dispersed at his North Carolina ranch, United States.
He was the younger brother of Bret Hart, was playing the “Blue Blazer” superhero character. He was one of the most gifted wrestlers from the Hart Family. He became rapidly famous due to his in-ring skills and connection with the crowd. Owen was a 1-time USWA (Unified World Heavyweight Champion), 2-time I.C champion, 1-time WWF European Champion, and a 4-time WWF World Tag Team Champion, as well as the 1994 WWF King of the Ring. He headlined many pay-per-views in the WWF. Owen potentially had a great career ahead of him if he had not died.
Owen fell to his death when he was being lowered from the top of the arena to the ring via a harness making his entrance in the Over The Edge pay-per-view of 1999. The stunt ended sadly as Owen fell approx. 78 feet from the top of the arena and landed on the top rope and was flung into the ring. The cause of death was internal bleeding due to the fall. Hart was not pronounced dead until he was taken to a local medical facility,
The show went on despite his death, and the company later gave a two-hour tribute to the late great. WWE has since never again attempted such a needless and silly stunt. It was one of the worst tragedies in wrestling history. All these superstars who made this list RIP.
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