Luck is one of the most important things to have if one is to succeed in wrestling. You can have all the talent in the world, but without a bit of luck, you could find yourself struggling.
Reigns wasn't the only person in WWE to experience bad luck. Many people involved in the wrestling business have experienced such bad luck that it had severe consequences on their careers and even their lives.
Here we’ll look at eight instances where wrestling personalities have suffered from the worst luck imaginable.
#8 Batista got injured 24 hours after winning the world title
In 2009, the WWE title picture on RAW focused on two people: John Cena and Randy Orton. WWE was desperately trying to sell to everyone that these two were the best RAW had to offer. However, some of their feuds and matches weren’t all that good, so WWE made the surprise decision to add someone else to the mix: Batista.
"The Animal" defeated Randy Orton in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules 2009 to win the WWE Championship, marking his first reign with that world title. Sadly, Batista’s luck ran out a day later as he tore his bicep in the match. The injury forced him to vacate the WWE title and exit the title picture until the following year.
What made this injury disappointing was that it was rumored to be the start of a feud between Batista and John Cena. The two men were two of WWE’s top stars and a rivalry between them would’ve been exciting. However, WWE had to go back to their original plan of Cena versus Orton, which didn’t seem as exciting.
Although Cena and Batista did feud eventually, it was lackluster and didn’t have as much excitement as it could've had if their rivalry had started earlier, and had more time to develop organically. Sometimes, all one needs is a little bit of luck. Without it, stuff like this happens.
Batista never quite reached the potential of what was expected of him and this injury was a key contributor to that. He eventually faded out of the business and switched industries.