WWE Superstars fight through the pain

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September 27, 2012

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

There are times when injuries are so severe that not only are careers at stake, but also the very livelihood of WWE Superstars. At SummerSlam 1997, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin challenged Owen Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, Hart executed a piledriver on his challenger; the maneuver drove Austin’s head into the mat with such force that The Rattlesnake suffered a broken neck and temporary paralysis.

Though the injury was clearly very serious, Austin refused to quit. Once he regained feeling throughout his body, he managed to roll up Hart for the victory. Instead of the customary celebration many Superstars enjoy after winning their first title in WWE, the WWE Hall of Famer had to be helped to his feet and into the locker room following the contest. In fact, Austin was forced out of ring action for months. Though he would return to active competition and become the most popular WWE Superstar of all time, Austin’s injury nagged him the rest of his career. He would eventually have neck surgery in an effort to ease the pain, and effectively retired following his contest with The Rock at WrestleMania XIX in 2003.

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