Injuries are a frustrating part about professional wrestling and WWE. However, due to the nature of the competition, injuries are inevitable. Even for superstars like Jeff Hardy who spent almost their entire careers without injury, the bug came to bite at some point.
Many superstars have been criticised for being "injury prone" while some simply don't have very good luck with them. The unfortunate part about major injuries is that for many superstars, they don't necessarily come back the same. They normally have to adjust their movesets in a way that protects them while still remaining entertaining.
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was one of the exceptions to this, where he returned stronger after a nearly career-ending injury. Regardless, this isn't about the past - it's about the present. And in this list, we're going to be looking at five unfortunate superstars who are set to miss the rest of 2019 due to a terrible injury.
#5 Ronda Rousey
Fans knew beforehand that WrestleMania 35 would essentially be the end of Ronda Rousey's full-time run in WWE. To her credit, she did a great job in the year that she was there, holding the RAW Women's title for around 8 months, being responsible for WWE holding the first-ever All Women's PPV and the women headlining WrestleMania for the first time ever.
She reportedly broke her hand at WrestleMania 35 and underwent surgery a week or so after. She gave an update but even with the injury, she won't be back anytime soon. Rousey has already stated her intention to start a family with Travis Browne, her husband.
So we can fully expect Rousey to miss all of 2019 and even a good chunk of 2020, if not more than that.
#4 Nia Jax
Nia Jax got a lot of heat last year after she concussed Becky Lynch with a legitimate punch, forcing her to pull out of Survivor Series against Ronda Rousey. However, in hindsight, that accident would end up having a ripple effect that led to Becky Lynch main eventing WrestleMania and walking out as the double champion.
What people didn't know was that for a good part of 2018 and 2019, Nia Jax was pushing through injuries herself, with her knees reportedly not being in the best condition. A little after WrestleMania, Nia Jax confirmed on Twitter that she would be getting ACL surgery for both of her knees.
She posted an update about it on Twitter as well. ACL surgeries usually result in 6-9 months of action being missed, which makes it clear that Jax won't be returning until early 2019 at the least.
#3 Mickie James
Mickie James hasn't done all too much in 2019. Her role when she returned was to generally put the younger women over and she's done a good job with that. However, they've not done much with her in 2019 and it looks like nothing will be done for the rest of the year, as she too suffered an ACL injury.
She tore her ACL in a Live Event match with Carmella earlier in June. On her Instagram live, she confirmed that she would be getting surgery and would be out for a while.
“I don’t know how long I’m gonna be out. I don’t know when I’m gonna have to get surgery, but it’s gonna be awhile.”
James will undergo surgery soon and will definitely miss the rest of 2019. She will likely be in no hurry to make a return to the ring.
#2 Lars Sullivan
Lars Sullivan really hasn't had a very lucky 2019. His original debut in January was shelved due to his anxiety issues and so did his rumored match against John Cena at WrestleMania 35.
Moreover, when he finally did debut, he was quickly surrounded by controversy after past comments that he made on an internet forum (years prior to signing with WWE) were revealed. Those comments were politically incorrect in nature, with some of them being racially sensitive, among others.
To his credit, Sullivan did a great job of dealing with it. He was fined a $100,000 and he went out of his way to apologize to the locker room, earning the respect of a true leader in Titus O' Neil.
Unfortunately for Sullivan, he would suffer an injury when facing the Lucha House Party on RAW a few days after WWE Super ShowDown. While it was initially expected to be a minor injury, it turns out that it was actually far worse than expected, with Sullivan set to be out for 6-9 months. He'll only be back around WrestleMania season next year.
#1 Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott has been underutilized from the time she debuted on the main roster. While it took a few months for her and the Riott Squad to get their stride, she always proved herself to be a great competitor in every given opportunity.
Riott was abruptly announced to have suffered an injury and underwent surgery for her shoulders. Her Instagram post stated "one down, one to go" meaning that she has to (or has already) gotten surgery on the other shoulder.
This only means that Riott was working through an injury and likely waited it out until sometime after WrestleMania. Superstars working through injuries are nothing new and she isn't even the first on the list to have done that. Regardless, Riott is going to be out for a very long time and we can only hope that when she does return, it'll be with a big bang.