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5 WWE real-life injuries that changed massive storylines

Thomas Lowson
ANALYST
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11.52K   //    09 May 2019, 21:51 IST

Finn Balor had his Universal title reign cut short due to an injury, which ended up being good news for Kevin Owens.
Finn Balor had his Universal title reign cut short due to an injury, which ended up being good news for Kevin Owens.

In WWE, injuries can happen at any time.

A mistimed move, a botched fall, there's no shortage of small things that can send a Superstar to the bench for weeks, or even months at a time.

And if a Superstar is unfortunate enough to suffer an injury, then this can drastically change the company as a whole.

Just like that, months of storytelling is out of the window, as the company's creative team need to write something new that makes sense, doesn't change too much and is still entertaining for the crowd.

Here are five very real injuries that drastically changed WWE storylines.


#5: Cena's year-long reigns ends with three title changes

Cena had to miss several months of action due to an injury, before returning at the 2008 Royal Rumble.
Cena had to miss several months of action due to an injury, before returning at the 2008 Royal Rumble.

At Unforgiven 2006, John Cena captured his third of 16 WWE World Championships.

Defeating Edge in a TLC Match (in the Canadian's hometown no less!), Cena truly showed he was the top star in WWE.

In the months that followed, Cena would continue his winning ways, with his reign lasting over a year, as Big Match John dispatched foes like Umaga, Shawn Michaels, Bobby Lashley, Booker T and Mick Foley along the way.

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This year-long reign came crashing down though when Cena suffered an injury on RAW in October 2007.

By the next pay per view No Mercy, Cena was stripped of the title, which was awarded to Randy Orton, who then lost the gold to Triple H minutes later.

The Game would then lose the title back to Orton later that same night, as it seemed WWE were trying to make up for a year of no WWE title changes.

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