Pro Wrestling’s 10 Most Shocking Tragedies

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When wrestling gets too real…

For generations, pro-wrestling has been an American sport and entertainment tradition, delighting and thrilling millions of fans. Though the matches are scripted and the violence is highly exaggerated, the physical and mental toll the sport takes on its athletes can be brutal. There are countless stories of wrestlers’ bodies breaking down over time, suffering traumatic injury, or having their psyches wear down from the grind of the sport, and many of these stories don’t end well.

Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan

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Check out our slideshow of wrestling's most heartbreaking tragedies.
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