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Top 5 WWE wrestlers who suffered severe neck injuries

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42.37K   //    10 Jun 2014, 00:02 IST

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but word is making rounds backstage that not only is Daniel Bryans recovery taking more time than expected, but the injury has also taken its toll on the current WWE World Heavyweight champion. Neck injuries are by far the most severe that a superstar can suffer, and weve seen many superstars retiring from professional wrestling due to the severity of their injuries. As fate would have it, our current champion has been the latest victim, and it will be sensible on WWEs part not to rush him back. With the Money in the Bank PPV approaching us at the rate of knots, the WWE has to take one final decision concerning the main event and the status of the WWE World Heavyweight championship.To WWEs credit, theyve done everything they possibly can to keep the title on Daniel Bryan. Bryan has worked his tail off for the past two years, and has earned the right to be the top guy in the company. The hard work and success also came with a price, as Bryan had to undergo what was considered a minor surgery about a month ago, and as every performer can vouch, neck surgeries can be very tricky. Since then, Bryan has been losing strength in his arm instead of gaining strength a sign of concern which has rightfully set off the alarms in the WWE. We will have more information on the next episode of Monday Night RAW regarding the status of the WWE World Heavyweight championship and what WWE plans to do with Daniel Bryan.In the past, many WWE superstars had to take a considerable amount of time off due to severe neck injuries, similar to Daniel Bryan. If anything, the fans should be happy that Daniel Bryans injury isnt as bad, and the recuperation time is just a month or two; at least thats the general feeling backstage. Many other wrestlers had it worse, and had to take a year off to recover after their surgeries.In this article, we take a look at 5 other WWE superstars who suffered a similar fate as Daniel Bryan.

#5 Hardcore Holly

Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly is considered to be one of the toughest superstars in the history of the WWE, which was the reason he was given the nickname of ‘Hardcore’ in the first place. Holly was a veteran in the WWE, and although he was respected for his contributions to the company, he wasn’t exactly liked backstage, as he was considered a bully. The WWE superstars used to follow the tradition of ‘initiating’ a new superstar in the locker room by doing various degrading acts, and superstars such as Holly and JBL used to actively participate in such rituals.

During his match with Brock Lesnar on Smackdown!, Holly wanted to teach the newbie a lesson. It was at a time when Brock was relatively new to the WWE, but was in the midst of his meteoric rise in the company. Brock took less than a year to win the WWE championship on the main roster, and hence was relatively new in the locker room. Holly wanted to teach Brock a thing or two about respect, and sandbagged him when Brock tried to get him up for a powerbomb.

Brock wasn’t known for being a sweetheart either, and he was one of the most legitimate tough guys backstage. So Brock dropped Holly on his neck, resulting in Holly suffering a broken neck! Holly had to take a year off to recover from the surgery, which resulted in Holly’s career ending sooner than expected.

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