As a WWE Superstar, one must brace for some serious physical challenges. Now, several of the company's most recognized faces share their experiences of the most grueling injuries they've had in the ring. WWE stars have the daunting task of putting on a thrilling show while avoiding harm.
This requires absolute trust in their fellow performers, even as they are being hurled onto a hardened surface. Although these altercations often spill over to the outskirts of the ring, the impact is no less real. While naysayers may denigrate wrestling as a scripted sport, the physical toll it takes on athletes' bodies and the often life-altering injuries incurred are indisputable.
In the run-up to today's WWE Money in the Bank Premium Live Event - a show notorious for its extensive use of ladders and other potentially painful props - ESPN seized the opportunity to get several WWE superstars to recount their most jarring incidents in the ring.
Strowman Recalls Brutal Triple Powerbomb
Braun Strowman, a former WWE Universal Champion, dredged up memories of a painful triple powerbomb experience. "One of the worst hits I've ever taken was when I was triple power bombed by Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin in 2019.
The intensity of the impact was so severe, it felt as if I had hit a concrete slab," Strowman recounted. Conversely, the current Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion, Kevin Owens, referenced Strowman as the perpetrator of a particularly bruising bump.
"The chokeslam from Braun Strowman onto the steel ramp at SummerSlam 2018 left a lasting impression. I experienced residual pain for months afterward, prompting me to take a six-month break," Owens shared. Bayley, the previous Raw & Women's Smackdown Champion, identified her showdown with Bianca Belair at Crown Jewel 2022 as a time of acute suffering.
"The suplex onto the entrance ramp during the Last Woman Standing match for the Raw Women's Title was one of the most brutal blows I've received. I was unprepared for the pain, which felt like my lower back had crumbled," Bayley reflected.
As we look forward to the WWE superstars competing in the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, we wish them luck and hope they avoid enduring the worst bumps of their careers.