Five of the most brutal WWE injuries after Ronda Rousey called wrestling 'fake'

WWE has seen some serious injuries over the years

Ronda Rousey caused controversy last week when she deemed WWE 'fake' and hit out at 'f***ing ungrateful' fans. 

The former UFC champion did a shoot interview on the 'Wild Ride with Steve-O podcast' before following up her comments on Twitter. 

"Anyone who is outraged by me calling pro wrestling 'fake fights for fun' have never been in a REAL fight," she wrote. 

"While you all are tiptoeing around bruising some pro wrestlers' huge soft egos - no one is thinking about all the REAL fighters you're insulting when pretending pro wrestling is somehow on the same level of realism.

"Yes, I understand, wrestling 300 days a year for years on end is incredibly tough on the body and a difficult profession - but do you know what would happen if you got in 300 REAL fights in a year? You would be dead." 

Since Rousey's comments, plenty of fans and even WWE superstars have responded - and the general consensus is that her comments were uncalled for. 

Given the MMA star deems WWE as 'fake fighting', GIVEMESPORT have decided to take a look at some of the worst injuries superstars have suffered. 

John Cena's broken nose 

This injury gave us one of the most famous photographs in recent WWE history. 

Cena's nose was a mess

During a match for the United States Championship in 2015, Seth Rollins caught the Leader of the Cenation flush with his knee - and the damage was clear to see. 

Luckily, the injury wasn't long-lasting. After surgery and a week off, Cena returned looking better than ever. But the photos from that night tell the story. 

Cena's nose was busted Cena caught a knee to the face

Mick Foley's broken everything

I mean, there's not even just one moment we can pick for Foley. The most hardcore man in pro-wrestling history has seen more than his fair share of injuries. 

But the worst perhaps came at King of the Ring in 1998, when Undertaker threw him off the cell. 

Foley suffered a concussion, bruised his kidney, and dislocated both his jaw and his shoulder that night. One of his teeth could even be seen hanging from his nose. Brutal. 

Paige's neck injury

One person who probably takes huge offence to Rousey's 'fake' comments is Paige. The popular Brit was forced to retire in 2018 after suffering a number of serious neck injuries. 

The final straw was an impact injury when taking a kick to the back - which she since described as being similar to whiplash suffered in a bad car crash - prematurely ending her career. 

Paige has often suggested she'd be open to an in-ring return, but you'd have to question if it would be worth it. 

Joey Mercury's broken nose

Another broken nose on the list - and this is far more gruesome than Cena's.

During a ladder match at Armageddon in 2006, Jeff Hardy flipped up a ladder that caught Mercury in the face. 

Blood was pouring everywhere as he stumbled out of the ring and the live crowd were shocked by what they were witnessing. Many believe this was the moment that derailed Mercury's career. 

Stone Cold Steve Austin's nearly broken neck

One of the most famous injuries in WWE history saw Steve Austin nearly break his neck at SummerSlam in 1997. 

The Rattlesnake took a reverse piledriver that drove his head into the mat. He's since recalled being unable to feel anything from his neck down and thinking he'd be paralysed for life. 

Incredibly, after regaining some feeling, Stone Cold FINISHED the match with a rollup.

But he spent much of his career following that battling through severe pain, partly due to being rushed back so quickly.

Stone Cold was carried out of the ring that night

Of course, there have been plenty of other injuries in WWE and we've no doubt missed some - but it would be impossible to name them all. 

So yes, WWE is scripted - but judging by the real dangers superstars face when they get into the ring, it's certainly not 'fake'.

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