In the tailored world of sports entertainment, every action is a cog in a well-oiled machine. Even though violence is essential to the product, it is immensely repetitive, sugared and toned down, so as to remove any semblance of shock from the family oriented programming of the WWE today.
However, beyond the bright lights and outside its awnings, there has been a slew of dangerous attacks on WWE Superstars. Nowhere near in their fatality to the culture of off ring attacks that define WWE storylines, some of these have come quite close to ending careers and paralyzing lives.
While some Superstars have been known to be intentionally aggressive in their public doings, others have faced the glint of an overzealous fan’s knife, just as others have had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The following is a list of pro-wrestlers who have encountered violent situations and opportunely, lived to tell the tale.
#1 Wade Barrett:
Read Barrett’s account of the incident:
As I walked through an alleyway in search of a taxi to the airport, I heard footsteps behind me and a split-second later, I was jumped from behind and stabbed in the back with an eight-inch blade. I remember feeling the initial pain of the wound, but it was very quickly masked by numbness as the pain endorphins kicked in.
It is common knowledge that “The King of Bad News” had once dabbled and unsurprisingly, excelled in bare knuckle boxing back in England. The underground fighting scene was most prominent in Europe and Barrett had a brawl scheduled against a particularly “dirty” opponent in the town of Budapest, Hungary.
After defeating him in three minutes, the future Nexus leader was awarded the winner’s stash of twenty thousand pounds. A feeling of dread had already begun to roil inside him which was exacerbated by the lump sum he now carried on his person.
The place was crawling with a whole host of unsavory characters and every single one of them wanted to get their hands on the £20K winner’s prize that was now sitting in my bag. Having all those eyes burning a hole through you as you stand alone in some Eastern-European hell hole is a very sobering experience, let me tell you.
His search for a taxi to the airport led him inside a seedy alley. Suddenly, he heard footsteps on the brick laid ground, and almost immediately was impaled on the back by an eight-inch blade. The pain shot through his body, but his fortitude and unwillingness to part with his hard earned reward undercut the crippling agony.
Barrett does not divulge any details of how he overcame the assailant but humorously hints at the extent of damage, by comparing the attacker’s face to “minced beef from the supermarket”. Nonetheless, he made it to the airport and out of the infernal situation, adding to his anecdote, “life for me has always been full of scars and scrapes, but I make sure that I leave any situation with the money in my pocket.”