Wrestling is one of the most difficult and dangerous sports out there. You already know the drill about wrestling being fake, but what those naysayers fail to realize is that wrestling isn’t fake, it’s scripted. It’s not like Lana, Bobby Lashley, and Rusev really did all that without a script – it’s just added drama to an already entertaining event.
This is why it’s sad when people dismiss wrestling and all the injuries that come with it, all for the delight of fans. Unlike probably any other sport, wrestlers are more prone to die at an early age due to how the game is played, as we can see in the list of the following people who have left us too soon.
Between the ropes and Century bags, these people are always in danger because of some injury they had, even if they are among the very best in this sport, often because of the painkillers they have to use. They will always be remembered with respect by their peers and fans of wrestling, who have spent hours watching them in the ring.
Umaga was an American Samoan wrestler who was active between 1995 and 2009, being one of the most famous and talented people in the Samoa family. Nicknamed “The Samoan Bulldozer” (he was 6’4” and weighed 350lb), he became popular thanks to how easily he performed his moves, given his size.
Among his top rivals were Ric Flair and Triple H. Unfortunately, in June 2009 it was found he was violating the Wellness Policy, which made the WWE release him from his contract. He started wrestling in the independent circuit but didn’t address his use of prescription drugs. This, unfortunately, led to his demise.
On the 4th of December 2009, he had a heart attack that killed him, with the official cause of death being acute toxicity resulting from the combination of diazepam, carisoprodol, and hydrocodone. He was only 39 years old and left behind a wife and four children, but also a legacy including 34 consecutive undefeated televised matches.
Chyna continues to be considered one of the greatest wrestlers ever, having many accolades under her name while being a part of the WWE. She would become the first woman to be awarded a berth in a King of the Ring Tournament and the first time a woman was considered a no.1 contender for the famous WWF Championship.
On April the 20th, 2016, Chyna was found dead in her home. She had accidentally overdosed on a mix of alcohol, diazepam, nordazepam, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and temazepam.
Despite the fact that 15 years have passed since Eddie Guerrero died, he is still remembered as one of the best technicians in the game. He found fame thanks to this, but also thanks to his good looks and charisma, to which we add his honesty when it came to talking about personal struggles.
In his career, he managed to once win the WWE Championship and the WWE US title, while taking home the Tag Team Championship or WWF European title four times each. He was also inducted in the Hall of Fame, which is only natural given how talented and beloved he was.
On November 13th, 2005, Eddie was found dead in his hotel room. The cause of his death at only 38 years old, was attributed to arteriosclerotic heart disease, which was brought on by the use of drugs. His heart and arteries were damaged so much, that his body simply couldn’t handle the pressure of wrestling anymore.
When you come from the Hart family, you have a name to live up to. Maybe this made Owen want to become the best high-flying wrestler of his generation, which he eventually did, as most people would agree. He won the Tag Team title four times and the Intercontinental Championship twice.
On May 23, 1999, Owen was going to perform the Blue Blazer gimmick, where he would be lowered in the ring, at the Intercontinental Championship. He rehearsed it twice, and as everything went smoothly, the officials approved it. Unfortunately, disaster would soon strike during the live Pay-Per-View event.
As he was lowered into the ring, the harness malfunctioned, and Owen fell from 78 feet, landing on his chest on the top rope, which led to his death. He was only 34 years old.