Despite being called fake, wrestling is very dangerous and sometimes the wrestlers suffer severe injuries. Sometimes they happen in a match and are reported accurately. Sometimes the wrestler enters a match knowing they will be taking some time off for an injury and the writers will come up with an angle where it appears that the wrestler suffered an injury at the hands of an opponent to create an angle for when the wrestler returns. Other times, there is no legitimate injury. A fake injury is created to develop a feud. This list will take a look at which wrestlers are currently sitting on the sidelines due to an injury and will reveal both the real reason and the storyline reason that the wrestler is not in the ring.
Since this site is non-spoiler, I will not be listing any injuries that occurred at a pre-taped event until either the show airs or if the promotion lets the story out on their website prior to airing the program. This policy will also hold true for returns to the ring. If the return is a non-publicized surprise during a pre-taped event, I will not mention the return until the program airs.
WWE Superstars on the D.L.
Alberto Del Rio - Alberto Del Rio was fired from WWE in August due to what wwe.com referred to as "unprofessional conduct". According to several reports, Alberto allegedly hit an employee of WWE.
Bad News Barrett - Bad News suffered a shoulder injury in June and was stripped of the Intercontinental Championship a few days later. There is no timetable for his return.
Christian - Christian suffered a concussion in March. There is no timetable for his return.
CM Punk - CM Punk's last appearance on television was at The Royal Rumble. He hasn't been seen since due to an unpublicized reason which saw him leave the arena before the taping of RAW the following night. In July, his name was finally removed from the roster page of WWE.com.
Daniel Bryan - In May, Daniel Bryan underwent neck surgery. The following month, he was stripped of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. In June, Daniel stated that he might need to have another surgery performed.
Darren Young - During a house show match against Fandango in April, Darren injured his knee and underwent ACL surgery. He will be out of action for 4 - 6 months.
Dean Ambrose - Seth Rollins smashed Dean's head into a stack of concrete blocks during a match in August. The injuries he suffered are all part of a storyline and there is no timetable for his return.
Fernando - In June, Fernando suffered a legitimate injury to his ankle and knee during a house show. He is expected to miss at least four weeks of action.
Rey Mysterio - Rey was last seen on WWE television in April but took some time off for an injury to his hand. However, the reason he hasn't been back is due to a contractual issue. According to several reports, Rey's contract was set to expire at the end of that month. However, WWE unilaterally extended the contract for one year due to Rey taking over a year off due to injury during the term of the prior contract. In a move which might indicate that legal action is coming, it has been reported that Rey has refused to cash any checks the company has sent him since the contract was extended. The thing that surprises me the most about these reports is that WWE Superstars get paid via check instead of direct deposit.
Tamina Snuka - Tamina underwent knee surgery in June. The typical recovery time for this type of surgery is six months.
Undertaker - At WrestleMania XXX, Undertaker suffered a concussion which required him to be hospitalized overnight. For the past few years, he has wrestled very sporadically around the time of WrestleMania to defend his streak. Since the streak ended, it is not known whether he will return next year.
TNA Wrestlers on the D.L.
Davey Richards - Davey, who is currently a tag team champion for the company, broke his leg during a house show in August. Because the company has taped several months of their programming in advance, he will still be appearing on television. However, he will most likely still be out of action for the next set of tapings. TNA has yet to address the situation regarding th tag team titles.
Dixie Carter - The owner of TNA was written out of the storylines of the company when she was put through a table by Bully Ray in August. There is no timetable for her character's return to television.
Kurt Angle - Kurt's underwent knee surgery in May to repair his ACL. The storyline reason for this injury was an attack by Ethan Carter III. Kurt will be out of action from four to six months.