"WWE is fake", how many times have you heard this, and as a wrestling fan, been tempted to Claymore Kick the ignoramus into oblivion? A thousand times I guess. Same here.
Well, WWE isn't fake, we all know it. Scripted it is, yes, but the bumps the superstars take are real. Being a competent professional wrestler requires working a match where no co-worker gets hurt while executing moves and spots. One tiny mistake, and you could end someone's entire career (see Tyson Kidd), or in some tragic cases, their life.
The superstars we see on TV or on indie shows are highly professionally trained athletes (mostly) who know how to work safely. For an example, lets take Kane - The Big Red Machine has been dubbed one of the safest workers ever born. On the other hand, there is Nia Jax, who has been on a spree, injuring multiple superstars in a short time span.
Her recent stiff punch to Becky Lynch on Monday Night RAW robbed us of what was going to be an expected mouth-watering clash against Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. This is not a knock on Nia Jax (although it should be for working in such an irresponsible way), but it certainly put some things into perspective. Luck may not always favour her opponents.
With Rousey now costing Lynch her SmackDown Championship, her path is clear. She will probably challenge for Rousey's title at WrestleMania 35. All's well that ends well I suppose. But it still doesn't pardon Nia's recklessness.
Over the years, there have been many incidents where wrestlers actually got hurt in the ring. In this article, we take a look at the 4 times wrestlers actually hurt others in the ring.
#1 Nia Jax - Becky Lynch
Well, this is the most recent incident, and the one which truly inspired me to write this piece.
Following her turn at SummerSlam this year, Becky Lynch was on fire. The audiences refused to boo her, and she then adopted an anti-hero persona which resonated greatly with the audiences. She got over HUGE, and by huge I mean the most over superstar on the entire WWE roster.
She led the SmackDown Women's team for Survivor Series to ambush the RAW Women's team two weeks before the big event. In the melee that followed, Nia Jax hit Becky with one stiff jab, and busted her open. Although Becky continued with the fight, the damage had already been done.
She was pulled off Survivor Series, as she was diagnosed with a broken face and a concussion. She didn't even appear on the SmackDown Live after Survivor Series. While it was unfortunate that we got robbed of a potential blockbuster due to Nia's continued carelessness, the rumors circulating about this match main eventing WrestleMania somehow make up for it.