2015-2016 has arguably been the worst year for the WWE, as far as injuries goes. At one point, the list was in the double digits. Injuries came at costly times in the weirdest of places. Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins were the victim of that within the last year. Wyatt was on top of the world and was coming off his best reaction in years when he tagged with Roman Reigns on WWE Raw. It appeared WWE Creative was going to push him to the moon as a babyface.
The next few days had the WWE on another European Tour. Their first night on the tour, Wyatt got injured and missed a few months. It wasn’t a severe injury, but at least one that derailed any momentum he had previously accrued. Seth Rollins’ injury was the worst of them all. “The Man” was WWE World Heavyweight champion and was having a good first run with the strap. When he says in promos he carried the company on his back, he means it. All of a sudden, Rollins was in a match with Kane on the a European tour and tore his knee terribly.
WWE fans were beginning to think injuries were becoming an epidemic, rather than a rare occurrence like usual. Was it the training at the Performance Center or the style of matches by wrestlers that was the problem? Either way, SummerSlam and NXT Takeover Brooklyn is this weekend, and injuries cannot happen. Triple H talked about a possible difference in training during a recent conference call.
Regarding WWE hiring a new strength & conditioning coach at the Performance Center, and the recent injuries, he was asked if there’s been any change in training. He says they’re looking into trends and what might cause different injuries. He has always thought it’s weird how one guy gets an injury and a handful of other guys get a similar injury. He says it’s difficult to pin the injuries on one thing, but it’s a physical business. They are absolutely looking at what causes those things to happen.
ESPN wrote a comprehensive story wherein they highlighted the “real-life” injuries on the road to WrestleMania 32. Rollins was the big one, and his perspective was seen in the WWE 24 episode about Rollins’ recovery. It was tough for the former-WWE World champion, but it was worse for the WWE. John Cena was injured, Daniel Bryan retired, Randy Orton underwent another shoulder surgery, Nikki Bella needed neck surgery, and many others missed the Grandaddy of Them All.
In a recent article by The Inquisitr, head injuries have become a top insurance claim after the recent popularity of concussion protocols in professional sports. That’s one reason why Daniel Bryan was forced to retire. He had way too many head injuries, and it wasn’t safe for him to continue in professional wrestling.
Injuries happen, and it’s a good thing WWE officials are looking into why they are happening so frequently. Perhaps the grueling schedule of the WWE is contributing to that. Then again, this didn’t used to happen when the wrestling style was slower and more methodical. Wrestlers told stories in the ring, while not relying on high-flying moves and a 5-star match to get them there.
Times change, and WWE fans obviously want something different as the years go by. Obviously, something has to change in order for injury risk to go down. It’s ultimately up to the wrestlers to want to change. Certainly, WWE officials should want the style to be different, so they don’t have to worry about booking changing abruptly.
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