Also, his child eventually grew up and was arrested. While these guys may be called professionals for a reason, you are still bound to get many bumps and bruises along the way. Flash forward to 2016, life hasn't been so kind to Mr. Halac. Despite the previous sentence, The Goon is not my all-time favorite wrestling gimmick. Gray has gained a ton of weight since retiring, which compiled with all his time in the ring has caused him major back problems. After another very brief run with the WWE in 2001, Clark was forced to retire due to numerous injuries. Without further ado, here are 15 ex-wrestlers who now have the unfortunate pleasure of living with disabilities. Magnum would be forced to live the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Mike Halac had a wrestling career that was over a decade long, but he will always be remembered for his brief run in the WWE as Mantaur. He would move on to Japan, Ring of Honor and various other stops on the independent scene. However, after just a year he was turned into a babyface. Following his first round loss in the first annual #JLIT Gregory Iron addresses his critics,fans, and professional wrestling peers. It got so bad that her heart rate dropped to 28. One Man Gang was one of better known big guys in the WWE during the late 1980s. Although this disorder does not affect a person’s IQ, it slows down your ability to learn. It’s like being constipated and at the same time someone is stabbing you in the stomach. Because professional wrestling is more about entertaining than winning, you’ll need to work with your opponent to entertain the crowd. He didn’t let his disorder hold him back in life. Dynamite Kid could have had an even more successful career had he not abused his body inside and outside the ring. However, in 2015 he sued the WWE, blaming his deafness on all the concussions he suffered in the ring. These performers put their bodies on the line each and every night. In every one of his matches, New Jack brought a garbage can full weapons to the ring. Daniel Bryan - In February 2016, Bryan announced his retirement due to concussion-related issues. I'm more of a Bastion Booger kind of guy. Everybody who calls wrestling "fake" has not put themselves in the shoes of a professional wrestler. Earlier in her life, Alexa Bliss struggled with a disorder that nearly killed her which is known as Anorexia. He made many friends in the business in which he had lost. When a person is depressed, not only does it affect them, but it affect those around them. taping, Brown was going for his Running Powerbomb finisher when he lost grip of Drozdov shirt, which ended up causing Drozdov to fall right on his head. All rights reserved. Along with refereeing most main event WWE matches from 1988–2005, he was also heavily involved in the infamous Montreal Screwjob. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. A similar comparison, is having a really bad flu. Everybody who calls wrestling "fake" has not put themselves in the shoes of a professional wrestler. There were a ton of wrestlers during the 1990s who were involved in heavy drug and alcohol use, and Luger was no different. While fighting for the WWE and UFC, Brock Lesnar had a lot of procedures to remove diseased bowel that built up in his system. In a 2014 interview, Vito stated that he is seventy-five percent deaf, and he's had hearing problems all his life. Drozdov got his start on the indy scene and had a brief stint in ECW before he signed with the WWE in 1998. It's not just injuries that have caused these wrestlers' health and well-being to decline, it was also the years of drug and alcohol abuse that they put their bodies through. With his style of wrestling came a ton of injuries. He made wrestling as popular as it is now through hard work. The gimmick was considered a bit racist, as the One Man Gang, who was clearly a caucasian guy, started to talk with an extremely stereotypical black accent. The One Man Gang, whose real name is George Gray, has not taken care of his body very well as the years have gone by. 14,000+ items. One day he felt like he was on top of the world, and the next he lost control of everything. Instead of letting his injuries heal, he would just fight through the pain. Halac is not able to work, and he blames all these injuries on his time with the WWE. This is especially true for the past few years of his life. Art Barr - Dead at 28. Today Canterbury is not able to work because of his injured neck and he blames it all on the botched Doomsday Device. Earl and Dave Hebner are arguably the most famous referees in wrestling history. In its early days, wrestling fell under the state sporting commission authority. The son of a professional wrestler, Ted DiBiase had started his pro wrestling career as a fan favorite, but soon "changed sides" and became a heel throughout the rest of his career. Unlike amateurs, professional wrestlers are paid. Kamala had the most success of his career in the WWE during the 1980s. Important conversations are happening now. Darren Drozdov is happy to still alive and has absolutely no ill will towards D'Lo Brown. Photos: Superstars then and now. The Iron Sheik who was a very imposing man back in his prime has been reduced to a shell of his former self. Anthony Durante - Dead at 36. Disabled Veteran Arthur Boorman. Rico made his WWE debut in 2002 as the manager/stylist of the heel tag team Billy and Chuck. There are only so many moments in professional wrestling that are truly iconic, and 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka was part of one of those. Whether it be their unbelievably muscular physiques, their incredible height or somewhat disturbing excess bodyweight, big guys always found a spot on the card simply due to how physically imposing they were. The WWE loved his puking ability so much that they based his character off of that. These memory issues are being blamed on the concussions he suffered in the ring. Godwinn would start out as a singles competitor before being put in a tag team with his scripted brother Phineas I. Godwinn. Wyatt's recovery took more than two months, but he did return to pro wrestling in late June. Heath: Ripped adductor at Bound For Glory 2020, expected return January 2020. In a Steel Cage match against Don Muraco at Madison Square Garden in 1983, Snuka did his patented Superfly Splash off of the 15-foot steel cage onto Muraco. His lone Pay-Per-View appearance was in the 1995 Royal Rumble. Today, Clark's injuries have only gotten worse. When it comes to pro wrestlers in the … Each guy on the list has a unique story of how they became disabled, but in almost every case, their career as a professional wrestler played a significant role. He is constantly on medication for numerous problems. All of the drug use eventually took its toll on Luger's body. Currently, Harris is confined to a wheelchair and is living off of disability checks. Bret Hart had to work hard for so many years before reaching the top superstar level. He said that he wanted to quit football and told his dad he needed training to be a wrestler. Even though he was very successful at his job, most don’t know that he could only read at a third grade level because of his dyslexia as well as his Attention Deficit Disorder. The popular WWE Superstar began touring the world as a professional wrestling way back in 1999. Wrestling t-shirts sold by over 1500 wrestlers directly. Something tells me his lawsuit won't get very far. All of this is the reason why Dynamite Kid is in such rough shape today. And wrestlers are not to be left behind. Official apparel providers for AEW, NJPW, Impact & more Pro Wrestling Tees® – Exclusive Wrestling T-shirts & Merch Bret Hart did not make it to the top alone. Instead, he worked harder than everyone else and made wrestling a billion dollar corporation. Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro Wrestling is a homegrown pro wrestling promotion from Tokyo, Japan, where the disabled and able-bodied fight for pride, love and the taboo joy of hardcore wrestling. When DDP was only 31 years old, he was the manager of a nightclub in Florida. Some, especially during WWE’s controversial Attitude Era, probably had no designs on being wrestlers. It is a very short video, but I do recommend you check it out because it will impact your life. The character looked like it had a ton of potential as a monster heel. In 2016, while facing charges for murdering his girlfriend back in 1983, it was revealed that Snuka is suffering from dementia. Clark first began wrestling in AWA and WCW during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He wrestled on the early days of Monday Night Raw as a jobber named Von Kraus. Hulk Hogan is a victim of depression due to these horrible things happening to him. In 2011 he had to have his left leg amputated. Before Darren Drozdov stepped into the squared circle, he was a professional football player in the NFL. This disorder not only causes pain but you also have severe diarrhea, nausea, fever, and blood in your stool. Future wrestling stars like Mick Foley, Tommy Dreamer, and Bubba Ray Dudley were all in attendance that night, and all of them were inspired to become professional wrestlers after seeing Snuka fly off the cage. However, most fans remember him from his stint with the WWE in 1980s as a member of the tag team The British Bulldogs. It was there where he became a two-time United States Champion. News on all your favorite celebs, reality TV, and movies. His high-risk, athletic style was something that wasn't seen before. Although he could no longer play football, he wasn’t ready to quit on sports. If a garbage can full weapons wasn't enough, New Jack carried a staple gun around his neck that he was not at all afraid to use on his opponents. Henry O. Godwinn (Pictured Right) is one of the many cartoonish gimmicks that appeared in WWE during the 1990s. ... DDP Yoga is designed by Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) a three-time professional wrestling heavyweight champion, whose career spanned two decades and who entered the ring at 35, an age when most pro athletes are forced into retirement. They also tend to be more skilled. Extreme Championship Wrestling was famous for its hardcore style and there wasn't anyone who defined hardcore wrestling more than New Jack. The Rock hit Rock Bottom and thought everything was over. It’s about a man with Down’s Syndrome who escapes from an assisted living center in order to try to realise his dreams of becoming a pro wrestler … WWE will also likely cut several developmental wrestlers from the Performance Center. Bryan briefly joined the WWE in 2000 traveling to Memphis, WWE’s old territory. Earl says he suffers from constant headaches and dizziness. Everything got dark, everything happened at once. Dynamite Kid had some absolutely amazing matches during his time with Stampede Wrestling in Calgary. He should have stopped wrestling way before then as his badly beaten and worn down body is evidence of that. His entire body is so banged up and sore from a lengthy career. The average heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. Vito spent three years with WWE and will probably be most remembered for wearing a dress. Both men took many bumps during their careers, and now both men are part of a class action lawsuit against the WWE regarding concussion issues. 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