At this point, World Wrestling Entertainment would be fortunate to enter WrestleMania 32 with its roster in one piece.
Dating back to last year, the company has suffered through an unprecedented string of injuries leading to the “Grandest Stage of Them All” before a possible 100,000 raucous fans at ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 3.
The latest WWE superstar to get bitten by the injury bug? None other than Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family, who sustained what appeared to be a knee injury, as reported by WrestleZone.com, during a dark match on Monday Night Raw last night.
Harper’s injury follows Bray Wyatt being sideline for the “Show of Shows” with his own injury, as the list of hurt superstars just keeps growing at the worst possible time.
Dating back to last year, injuries to WWE superstars have more than taken their toll. Daniel Bryan re-injured his head and neck last spring, which eventually paved the way for him to retire last month. During WWE’s Night of Champions last September, Sting suffered a retirement-triggering neck injury in his match against Seth Rollins. Two months later, while performing for the company overseas, Rollins himself suffered a torn ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his right knee, forcing him to relinquish the WWE World Heavyweight championship.
Fellow main eventers such as Randy Orton and John Cena didn’t have any better luck, with the “Viper” injuring his back late last year and Cena injuring his shoulder and undergoing surgery this past January, only adding to WWE’s designated list.
With one more Raw and two more SmackDown episodes until WrestleMania 32, WWE might want to seriously consider simply using trash talk and getting extra creative to take its storylines to the tipping point to ensure that its roster is in the best health possible come April 3.
Obviously, the Sting and Bryan injuries were devastating because they led to retirement, but the Rollins injury was an absolute momentum killer for a superstar who was truly coming into his own and reaching new heights at the time.
With the roster already limping into WrestleMania 32, hopefully Harper’s injury will be the last to hit the company for some time.