Top 5 Botches in WWE History, From Brock Lesnar to Goldberg

Top 5 Botches in WWE History, From Brock Lesnar to Goldberg

Edwin Kiplagat
February 26, 2024 at 5:57 PM
  • WWE has witnessed some botches in its history
  • Some were fatal, while others were life-changing
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin broke his neck after a botched move

Most WWE matches are scripted.

However, things, sometimes don't go as planned. Accidents happen inside the ring, altering the careers of WWE superstars, or ending them.

Over the course of WWE's history, mistakes and accidents have happened in and out of the ring.

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Brock Lesnar performing the shooting star press move on Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 19. Photo by Wrestle Talk.
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Hours of compilations of botches have been uploaded on YouTube, but there are a few memorable ones that first come to mind. Here are the top 5 botches in WWE history

Top 5 botches in WWE history

5. Undertaker nearly breaks neck

The Undertaker will go down as one of the greatest WWE stars of all time. This near-catastrophic botch happened at the end of Undertaker's career. Goldberg and the Undertaker were in their 50s when they met at the 2019 Super ShowDown, but few expected it to go south, per Bleacher Report.

Golberg almost broke Undertaker's neck with a botched jackhammer. The end was even forgettable. The Phenom forgot to wrap Goldberg's leg after a chokeslam. The match could've caused some serious injuries to the WWE icons.

4. Darren Drozdov paralysis

The late Drozdov's career was ended in 1999 during a match with D'Lo Brown. While attempting a powerbomb, Brown couldn't execute the move safely. Droz landed on his head, breaking two vertebrae in his neck, which rendered him quadriplegic.

He passed away in June 2023 after spending his 24 years in a wheelchair. He placed no blame on brown for the accident.

3. Brock Lesnar shooting star press

Lesnar performed some high-flying moves in his early WWE days. He faced Kurt Angle in Wrestlemania 19 in 2003, and his life was nearly ended by a botched shooting star press move. The move requires the talent to leap forward, backflip and land on their chest.

Lesnar under-rotated his body, landed on his head, and got a concussion as a result. He won the match in the end, but that was a dangerous move.

2. Stone Cold breaks his neck

Stone Cold Steve Austin's career changed after SummerSlam 1997. The late Owen Hart remains one of the best wrestlers in WWE history. He performed his signature manoeuvre, the piledriver, many times in the ring but against Stone Cold, it horribly went wrong.

Stone Cold's neck was broken as a result. Austin won the match but was visibly uncomfortable at the end. Austin's in-ring skills were adjusted, and he went on to have one of the greatest runs in WWE history.

1. Owen Hart tragedy

Owen Hart died in 1999 during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event. During an elaborate entrance "stunt" Blue Blazer gimmick, Hart fell from nearly 80 feet and later died of his injuries. The harness meant to lower him into the ring was triggered early, and Hart fell to his death.

The event continued, but Martha Hart sued WWF, and the matter was settled out of court, per CBS Sports.

The Undertaker appears at football game

Sports Brief previously reported how the legendary Undertaker appeared at a game between Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr.

The Deadman, dressed in his full wrestling gear, was a surprise guest at the Riyadh Season Cup final in Saudi Arabia.

Supporters and players were taken aback when The Phenom's music played, and he appeared with the trophy.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.