TNA Star and former WWE World Champion Jeff Hardy was reportedly injured at TNA's Lockdown taping in New York last week. However with the impending TNA UK tour weeks away which Hardy cant attend due to a previous conviction, there are some questioning his legitimacy of his fall as a way to write him off TV for a few weeks.
But injuries will always happening within the sport of Pro Wrestling and TNA in 2014 was no different. With TNA offering more adult originated elements on their programming in bid to try to tackle WWE's dominance. It pushes wrestlers that little bit further, sometimes a wrestler, managers or valets are taken to the back on a stretcher as part of a storyline , or as a means to progress a feud. Other times it is clear that the competitors are hurt, some have bravely carried on with the match such as the Undertaker at last years WrestleMania. Afterwards it was widely reportedly he suffered a concussion early on, in his well documented streak ending loss to Brock Lesner.
Throughout wrestling history, in ring legends such as Tripe H, Abyss and Mick Foley have ensured that their match reaches a natural ending, because some one has to get pinned. Some wrestlers have not been so lucky and been on the receiving end of injuries that have all but end in ring wrestling careers with names such as Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and Sid Vicious coming to mind.
Thankfully in 2014 in TNA we haven’t seen the type of injuries that have ended careers, but there have still been some pretty sick spots. These have left their talent on the sidelines or forced re-writes of story-lines to accommodate wrestlers working injured or sometimes not at all. Lets take a look back at seven sickest TNA injuries this year.
TNA newcomer Bram landed in TNA in April this year and has already established himself as on of their brightest future talents. The self proclaimed “King of Hardcore” has beaten hardcore wrestling legends Abyss, Tommy Dreamer and Team 3D’s Brother Devon. However it was on Hardcore Justice Impact special from New York where Bram faced Abyss in a Stairway to Janice Match. A match that feature barbed wire, tacks, ladders and trash cans as weapons and some pretty sick spots as both Bram and Abyss showed that hardcore wrestling still has a place on modern televised wrestling and was appreciated by a boisterous New York crowd.
Bram took two hard bumps through the barbed wire board and a black hole slam onto the tacks, but ultimately won the match thanks to a little help from Janice. Evident towards the end of the match, he had damaged his hand during some of the sick spots, and later it was announced that he had surgery to repair it. This allowed him to avoid missing in ring time for his new employers.
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Gail Kim is presently the best female pro wrestler in world and with her professionalism and in ring abilities even capable of delivering strong matches with the likes of Velvet Sky. Over the years in TNA, she has had impressive matches with Angelina Love, Madison Rayne and memorably Taryn Tarrell at last years Slammiversary. She has been in main event match ups on impact with Awesome Kong and most recently TNA’s newest monster Knockout, Havok.
It was against the latter, at the September Impact tapings that Gail injured her shoulder during a pre-match brawl with Havok. Going against doctor’s advice, Kim defended her Knockouts title later that night and lost to Havok. Soon after it was announced that Kim had suffered a separated shoulder and torn ligaments, and would be out of action indefinitely. She later returned in a losing effort to Tarell and Havok in November 2014, but wasn't herself in the ring but professionalism carried her through. With TNA on an extended break until 5th January Impact tapings hopefully she will recover fully and be back to her best as she heads into the latter years of her distinguished in ring career.
Ethan Carter III has been one of TNA’s better performers in 2014, constantly delivering no matter what situation he has found himself in. After TNA’s last set of tapings in Pennsylvania (broadcast in November) he parted ways with his on screen best friend Rockstar Spud and hired former WWE Brodus Clay, now Tyrus as his new bodyguard.
Following this he has since suffered a torn biceps and he'll be undergoing surgery shortly. This injury didn’t happen on TNA Television however, but it is expected to keep him out of in ring action for around 6 months! Ouch! for him and TNA, who will now need to do a reshuffle to ensure he is kept on Impact in the new year. But in what capacity will he be in, as TNA can’t afford EC3 to be off their television until May.
Another of TNA's bright, young stars in the middle of the phenomenal Tag Team Championship tournament between Team 3D, The Hardyz and The Wolves. Revealed he had a broken leg, however he expexted to be back in four weeks to allowing him to make Septembers TNA tapings in Pennslyvannia. Imagine the panic within TNA's management upon hearing thay news!
Davey did make the tapings and after a brutal spotfest Full Metal Mayhem match up (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) he emerged victorious with his tag team partner Eddie Edwards. However inside three weeks they lost the titles to James Storm's growing Revolution, enough to make you snap!
Kurt Angle and TNA have recently announced that Angle has re-signed a new deal with the company. If he can stay fit and well, this will be a massive boost for TNA as they look to a future in the hands of Destination America. Kurt has recently been the authority face on Impact whilst he recovered from injury in the latter half of 2014. His injury problems this year stem back to an attack by Ethan Carter III who severely damaged Angle’s knees, ruling him out of TNA’s Lockdown event. Angle made his return in April and vowing revenge on EC3.
However in May, Angle underwent ACL repair surgery and would be out of action up to six months. This all around the time he was either looking to extend his stay with TNA or return to the WWE. Did his history of injuries obtained from a career of pushing his body to its limits close the door on a sensational WWE return? As he showed with Bobby Roode at Genesis in Alabama he cant still steal the show. It could well have been a case of bad injury but worst timing for Kurt this year.
Back in May on Impact, Eric Young was crowned TNA World Champion after using a piledriver to defeat Magnus. Shortly after MVP was filmed backstage telling EY how "proud" he was of him. The following week MVP attacked Eric Young and announced himself as the new Number One contender for the TNA World Championship, turning heel in the process. This all happened over four days of Impact filming in TNA’s former home of Universal Studios in Orlando, leading into their Slammiversary Pay Per View in June. MVP was booked to take on Eric Young inside steel cage at the PPV in Texas, however on the Friday 13th June two days prior to Slammiversary, TNA announced that due a torn meniscus, MVP was deemed medically unfit to compete, removing him from the match in the process.
According to PWInsider.com, the original plans were to crown MVP as TNA World Champion. MVP was injured during an independent show in the UK and similar to EC3 not on TNA television, unfortunately he missed out his first World Title run due to this as well as the pain.
Without a doubt TNA's sickest injury this year, came from their sickest spot of 2014. Dixie Carter's injuries where caused when Bully Ray put her through a table! Talk about putting yourself on the line, Dixie did that and for her troubles she legitimately broke her back.
Following numerous tests, scans and X-rays at Cennitinal Hospital it was revealed that Dixie had L2 and L3 Transverse Process Fractures, as well as a hairline rib fracture. This despite Bully Ray, who's put plenty of people through a table doing all he could to protect her, she simply isn't trained to take bumps.
Dixie said in a recent interview with The Independent, about that now infamous night in TNA history.
“Oh my god, it hurt so bad! It was funny because I did everything I could possibly have done to protect myself, and I know Bully Ray is just so massive and strong, but what really happened was that my body just folded in half, and when I was in the hospital the doctor told me what I broke was so hard to break, it’s usually caused by a very serious car accident.
“So I said to him, you wanna see my car accident? And Jeremy Borash texted me a phone version of it, and the doctors were like “are you nuts?”
If you haven't seen this sick moment, please take the time to the clip on YouTube.