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Seven worst WWE injuries with Undertaker’s brutal broken nose, Stone Cold’s neck break and Guerrero a bloody mess

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“GOOD GOD Almighty, they’ve killed him.”

Those are the iconic words of WWE’s legendary commentator Jim Ross as he watched The Undertaker put Mankind through hell at King of the Ring 1998.

 WWE legend Mick Foley dislocated his shoulder and jaw during a Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker
WWE legend Mick Foley dislocated his shoulder and jaw during a Hell in a Cell match against the UndertakerCredit: WWE

Vince McMahon’s Superstars have often faced derision for the smoke and mirrors aspect of professional wrestling where the finishes are pre-determined.

But WWE also has a history of real-life pain and suffering that requires stretchers for bone breaks and concussions rather than part of a storyline.

During that famous Hell in a Cell match, Mick Foley cemented his standing forever among the fans while risking his life in the process.

The hardcore veteran suffered a dislocated shoulder, multiple puncture wounds, a hole in his lip, and a dislocated jaw during one of WWE’s most brutal bouts.

Here are seven other times wrestlers should have heeded JR’s warning to “stop the damn match”…

The Undertaker’s Orbital Bone

Despite the vast difference between their height and size, it was the Deadman who ended up with a broken nose, broken orbital bone and a concussion following a match against Rey Mysterio.

During a SmackDown taping on May 25, 2010, the Master of the 619 overhit a seated senton that smashed The Phenom’s face in.

Taker – real name Mark Calaway – revealed he reset his nose midmatch and battled through to claim the win despite seeing “three” of Mysterio.

The 55-year-old has also claimed to be “two inches from death” during another match and once wrestled with second-degree burns at Elimination Chamber 2010.

 The Undertaker was forced to reset his broken nose during a match with Rey Mysterio
The Undertaker was forced to reset his broken nose during a match with Rey MysterioCredit: WWE
 The Phenom suffered a similar injury back in 1995 that saw him once wrestle with a mask after his eye socket was crushed

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The Phenom suffered a similar injury back in 1995 that saw him once wrestle with a mask after his eye socket was crushedCredit: WWE

Stone Cold’s Neck

Steve Austin had shocked the world by returning to wrestling just three months after breaking his neck in the ring, but he later admitted the injury would cause him to retire prematurely.

The Texas Rattlesnake was temporarily paralysed following a botched piledriver in his match against Owen Hart at SummerSlam 1997.

Stone Cold’s head had been too low when the move was delivered meaning his neck became compressed and broke as he awkwardly hit the mat.

Realising Austin was legitimately hurt, Owen stalled for time by playing up to the crowd.

Once Stone Cold was able to regain some movement back into his body, he quickly rolled up his opponent for the win and was carried out of the arena by referees.

 Stone Cold Steve Austin's career was cut short after he broke his neck in the ring
Stone Cold Steve Austin’s career was cut short after he broke his neck in the ringCredit: WWE

Eddie’s Bad Blading

It was the match against Latino Heat at Judgement Day 2004 that JBL credits with going on to cement a Hall of Fame-caliber career in WWE.

The man formerly as Bradshaw infamously struck Guerrero with a chair shot to the head.

Eddie then quickly performed a rushed blade job to produce some blood but he accidentally cut too deep and hit a major artery.

The bleeding was so severe that the WWE Champion, who battled on to earn a DQ win, later went into shock and had to be rushed to the hospital.

 Eddie Guerrero covered the ring in his real blood after accidentally hitting an artery in his temple
Eddie Guerrero covered the ring in his real blood after accidentally hitting an artery in his templeCredit: WWE

John Cena’s Nose

The 16-time world champion memorably bounced back from tearing his right pectoral muscle in October 2007 to win the Royal Rumble just three months later.

But it was his sickening nose break against Seth Rollins in 2015 that was the more gruesome of his injuries.

Cena had been battling the Architect for the United States title on RAW when he was caught flush with a high knee that broke his nose.

Yet the Fast and Furious actor shrugged it off to score a submission win and later had surgery to fix his Hollywood looks.

 John Cena's nose was shattered following a brutal knee by Seth Rollins
John Cena’s nose was shattered following a brutal knee by Seth RollinsCredit: WWE

Droz Paralysed

Darren Drozdov suffered one of the most horrendous injuries in WWE history that left him paralysed.

Droz, wrestling under the ring name of Puke, fractured two disks in his neck following a botched powerbomb against D’Lo Brown at a SmackDown taping in 1999.

He was taken to the hospital where he underwent hours of unsuccessful surgery to reduce the swelling in his spine.

WWE withheld footage of the accident from its taping but shots of Droz being stretchered out of the arena was included in the company’s ‘Don’t Try This at Home’ video.

 Former WWE wrestler Darren Drozdov was left paralysed after an accident in the ring
Former WWE wrestler Darren Drozdov was left paralysed after an accident in the ringCredit: WWE

Cactus Jack’s Ear

Having already discussed Mick Foley’s horror injuries in WWE, it’s time to look at another time the 54-year-old was maimed inside a wrestling ring.

While performing as his Cactus Jack character during a match in 1994, the Hall of Famer attempted a hangman spot that would see his head tied up in the ropes.

The bout was held in WCW, who are known to use steel cables as their ropes, and Foley accidentally ripped two-thirds of his ear as he fought to free himself.

A stiff strike from Vader later in the match then caused the remaining part of his limb to detach itself from his head.

 Mick Foleys ear was ripped off during a match with Vader
Mick Foleys ear was ripped off during a match with VaderCredit: WWE

Joey Mercury’s Face

The former MNM member’s face exploded during the 2006 Armageddon PPV.

Mercury had been teaming with Johnny Nitro (John Morrison) in a fatal four-way ladder match against London and Kendrick, Regal and Taylor and the Hardy Boyz.

But after an errant ladder struck him in the face, the 40-year-old’s nose broke and blood seeped over his face. Mercury was immediately removed from the match and taken to the hospital but he never seemed to be able to bounce back from the injury.

WWE legend Matt Hardy left bloodied mess and needs 13 stitches after Sammy Guevara throws chair at him

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Manchester United have no defence for spending £182m on a bloated band of lacklustre centre-backs

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There were times during Manchester United‘s 3-1 defeat by Crystal Palace that their defence resembled a jigsaw puzzle with several pieces missing. 

Much of their problems stemmed from a lack of pace at centre-back, where Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof continued the partnership they formed last season.

Palace’s front three of Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend exploited them with relentless direct running and balls in behind the back four.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to sign a centre-back depsite issues

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to sign a centre-back depsite issues

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to sign a centre-back depsite issues

United were lacklustre in defence as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday

United were lacklustre in defence as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday

United were lacklustre in defence as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace on Saturday

Victor Lindelof was criticised for another poor showing and a lack of pace that was exposed

Victor Lindelof was criticised for another poor showing and a lack of pace that was exposed

Victor Lindelof was criticised for another poor showing and a lack of pace that was exposed

United were also masters of their own downfall. Despite a solid display, Axel Tuanzebe’s selection ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka deprived United of a player who thrives against tricky, pacy wingers.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t offer an explanation for that decision and doesn’t appear in a hurry to add another centre-back to his squad either after prioritising a new right winger and a back up left-back to deputise for Luke Shaw. 

That decision is a puzzling one. Despite boasting eight first-team centre-backs, who have cost a combined £173 million, United are desperately short of quality and pace at the heart of their back four.

The pace and direct running of Palace's front three gave United's centre-back problems

The pace and direct running of Palace's front three gave United's centre-back problems

The pace and direct running of Palace’s front three gave United’s centre-back problems

Solskjaer's decision to play Axel Tuanzebe ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka also raised eyebrows

Solskjaer's decision to play Axel Tuanzebe ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka also raised eyebrows

Solskjaer’s decision to play Axel Tuanzebe ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka also raised eyebrows

Much of the post-match criticism was aimed at Lindelof, who is yet to convince since his £30m arrival from Benfica in July 2017 during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge. 

United’s costly defensive mistakes 

Harry Maguire: £80m

Victor Lindelof: £30m

Eric Bailly: £30m 

Phil Jones: £16  

Marcos Rojo: £16m 

Chris Smalling: £10m 

Total: £182m 

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While comfortable on the ball, Lindelof has displayed an inability to remain calm under pressure – a deficiency that was laid bare during United’s defeat by Manchester City at Old Trafford last season. 

The 26-year-old has also shown a worrying tendency to lose concentration at critical moments – notably when United conceded a late equaliser against Southampton last season, which resulted in an on-pitch scuffle with an angry Bruno Fernandes.

Solskjaer has options – the problem is that they aren’t very good ones. With Chris Smalling seemingly on the verge of a move to Roma, Solskjaer’s back-ups come in the form of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and unproven youngster Teden Mengi.

Jones appears unlikely to feature outside of Carabao Cup games, while Rojo spent last season on loan at Estudiantes. Bailly’s injury problems have been an issue throughout his four years at the club, while Tuanzebe hadn’t played a first team game for United in three years prior to his resurrection at the end of last season.

Solskjaer could point to cold hard numbers as justification for his reluctance to signing another defender. Last season, United conceded just 37 Premier League goals – 18 fewer than the 2018/19 campaign and the third-best defensive record in the division. 

Solskjaer could turn to Eric Bailly but the defender has struggled with injuries for four years

Solskjaer could turn to Eric Bailly but the defender has struggled with injuries for four years

Solskjaer could turn to Eric Bailly but the defender has struggled with injuries for four years

Phil Jones's regression means he's unlikely to feature outside of Carabao Cup games

Phil Jones's regression means he's unlikely to feature outside of Carabao Cup games

Phil Jones’s regression means he’s unlikely to feature outside of Carabao Cup games

Chris Smalling is arguably United's best back-up but looks set to move to Roma permanently

Chris Smalling is arguably United's best back-up but looks set to move to Roma permanently

Chris Smalling is arguably United’s best back-up but looks set to move to Roma permanently

Marcos Rojo spent last season on loan at Estudiantes and is way down the pecking order

Marcos Rojo spent last season on loan at Estudiantes and is way down the pecking order

Marcos Rojo spent last season on loan at Estudiantes and is way down the pecking order

He could also point to the potential upside of an improved David de Gea, who was directly at fault for several of those conceded goals last season and could help United to build on that defensive record if he can reproduce his best form. 

Another solution could be a structural shift. In 2017/18 United conceded just 28 goals and one fewer the season before as they played a 4-2-3-1 formation with two holding midfielders under Mourinho. 

While not easy on the eye, United’s centre-backs were given the necessary protection to mask their defensive flaws and Solskjaer could opt to move Pogba further back alongside Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay. 

Teenager Teden Mengi has impressed for the under-23s but is unlikely to feature regularly yet

Teenager Teden Mengi has impressed for the under-23s but is unlikely to feature regularly yet

Teenager Teden Mengi has impressed for the under-23s but is unlikely to feature regularly yet 

One option that looks a little too soon for now, could also emerge from within the club’s pool of talented prospects. Manchester-born centre-back Mengi has been outstanding for the club’s under-23 side and impressed in the 6-0 EFL Trophy win over Salford City.

He was given his first appearance against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup last season and was also included in several first team squads – his latest coming as an unused sub in Tuesday’s win at Luton – and could be handed a chance if United’s defensive frailties worsen. 

No doubt Solskjaer would love to open the chequebook once more and splash out on Dayot Upamecano. That move has several obstacles, however, as many of Europe’s biggest clubs are also chasing the RB Leipzig star, who only signed a new contract in July that runs until the summer of 2023. United would have to spend big money, but they would need to offload some of their surplus defenders first.

In the meantime, United fans must hope Solskjaer and his mediocre and bloated band of centre-backs can find a swift solution to their woes.

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ARSENAL are hoping to secure the signature of Thomas Partey and may have received a boost with Lucas Torreira set to join his current club Atletico Madrid.

However, other reports suggest Atleti’s sale of Alvaro Morata to Juventus has made them less inclined to sell Partey.

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ALEX TELLES is reportedly confident of joining Manchester United this week and linking up with the squad before Saturday’s game at Brighton.

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