Behind the bright arena lights, hammed up promos and glitzy outfits the outright danger of performing in the WWE can sometimes be forgotten.
The severity of the recent injury to Tyson Kidd, though, brought home just how much Superstars put on the line to compete in the world famous promotion.
Lucky to be alive
Going down during a recent house show, Kidd has since required serious neck surgery and has been ruled out until 2016. Now a new report, from Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, has revealed just how lucky Tyson Kidd is to be alive.
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Speaking on the most recent Wrestling Observer Radio show, Meltzer said that, in similar neck/spinal injuries, the survival rate was just one in 20:
"He (Tyson Kidd) only had a five-percent chance of living, and of that five-percent that lived, almost all of them end up as quadriplegics."
Meltzer went on to explain that, according to the people he had spoken to, the injury is similar to that suffered by former Superman actor Christopher Reeve. Reeve became a quadriplegic after a horsing accident in 1995 and would require the use of a portable ventilator until his death in 2004.
So, whilst Tyson Kidd is facing a long road to recovery, the fact that he has come out of the in-ring accident alive, and walking, is a staggering achievement in itself.
Having enjoyed a recent resurgence as part of a tag-team partnership with Cesaro the long injury lay off will no doubt be a source of huge frustration for Tyson Kidd.
Looking at the reality of the situation he was in after his dark match with Samoa Joe back in June, however, it really is a miracle that he has a chance of getting back in the ring at all.
In all likelihood a return is not likely until at least June 2016 with substantial rehab to overcome before then. Tyson Kidd might not be able to perform in the ring until then but his absence, and survival story since, will act as a reminder to all those who do go into the squared circle of the danger they put themselves in.
WWE fans: Will Tyson Kidd be able to recover and return the same wrestler? Have your say in the comments below...
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