Pro Wrestling Injury Report – 2019
Last Update: September 11, 2019
We’ve compiled a list of pro-wrestling stars who are injured. Once a star is cleared for action, or major updates do occur, we will update. This list includes wrestlers from WWE, Impact, All Elite Wrestling, ROH, NJPW and Independent organizations.
- Drew McIntyre – Minor Surgery (September 16, 2019)
- Oney Lorcan – Unknown (TBA)
- EC3 – Back Injury (TBA)
- Jinder Mahal – Ruptured Patella Tendon (November 1, 2019)
- Lars Sullivan – Knee Injury (End of 2019)
- Mickie James – ACL Injury (Surgery Required)
- Jeff Hardy – Knee Injury (November 2, 2019)
- Bobby Lashley – Unknown Injury (October, 2019)
- Jason Jordan – Neck Injury (Return Unknown)
- Tino Sabbatelli – Torn Pectoral Muscle (Return Early 2019)
- Sin Cara – Knee Injury, Surgery Completed (Return Early 2019)
- Ruby Riott – Bilateral Shoulder Dislocation (Both Arms) – Completed first surgery
- Sheamus (Concussion, TBA)
- Nia Jax (Double Knee Surgery, Remainder of 2019)
- Tommaso Ciampa (Neck Surgery, Fall 2019)
- Bobby Fish – (Possible Shoulder Injury)
- Karen Q – Broken Leg (TBA)
- Paige – Neck Surgery (Not listed on active roster)
- Rachael Ellering: Torn ACL (TBA)
Tamina Snuka –Cleared Following Concussion
- Matt Sydal – Knee Injury (Return TBA)
New Japan Pro Wrestling
- Hiromu Takahashi – Neck Injury (Return Unknown)
- David Finlay – Torn Labrum (TBA)
All Elite Wrestling
- John Moxley – MRSA (Staph Infection) – Out of action 4 weeks
- Cuervo (Puerto Rico), Blood Clot (TBA)
- Sierra Loxton – Broken Back (TBA)
The following outlines WWE’s official concussion testing protocol.
WWE & imPACT Concussion Management Program
An ImPACT test is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool that measures the effects of a concussion through cognitive testing.
ImPACT results are evaluated by Dr. Mark Lovell, clinical neuropsychologist and director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
All WWE Talent* have been given a baseline ImPACT test.
WWE Talent are given repeat baseline ImPACT tests annually.
Baseline ImPACT tests are mandatory for all prospective talent during pre-contract screening.
If a WWE Talent show symptoms of a concussion or has suffered a concussion, then that WWE Talent will not be cleared to return to wrestling until he/she passes an ImPACT test and is clinically cleared by a certified physician.
ImPACT tests are typically administered within 24-48 hours from the time the talent’s symptoms have resolved.
If the post-injury ImPACT results are not comparable with the talent’s baseline test, then that WWE Talent will not be cleared until he/she retakes the ImPACT test. Repeat ImPACT tests are usually administered 2-3 days after the first post-injury ImPACT test.
If the WWE Talent’s ImPACT score is comparable with their baseline score, then the talent is put through a graded exertion test to see if physical activity will retrigger the talents concussion symptoms. If the WWE Talent is asymptomatic with both physical and contact activity then that talent is clinically cleared to return to wrestling.
If symptoms dictate and/or ImPACT scores warrant, WWE will send a WWE Talent for a direct consultation with Dr. Lovell at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Any talent that suffers a second concussion within an annual year from said talents first concussion, that talent will not return to in-ring work until after a one on one neuropsychological evaluation by Dr. Mark Lovell.
PREVENTION PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
The WWE conducts a yearly educational seminar for all talent, referees, producers & medical personal that addresses the topic of concussions. The seminar covers concussion awareness, the WWE protocols for treatment and the latest medical information regarding this area. The seminars are conducted by either WWE’s Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon or SLI’s Christopher Nowinski.