Monday, January 04, 2016

Most matches in WWE and Injuries/Out

I've been looking at the relationship over the last decade of wrestlers with "most matches in WWE" and their injury/absence in the following year. Red indicates they left the company.

2006:

  • Cena: most  (165); 10/07 (Torn Pec)
  • Edge: 2nd most (152); 7/07 (Torn left Pec)
  • Triple H: 5th most  (138); 1/07 (Torn Right Quad)



2007: 

  • Jeff Hardy: 3rd most (139); 3/08 - 60 days suspension
  • Randy Orton: 5th most (131); 6/08 broke Clavicle 


2008:

  • Kane: 2nd most matches in 2008 (154); did not wrestle between 4/28/09 and 6/30/09.


2009:

  • CM Punk: Most matches in 2009 (185); recovering from arm injury in July 2010; did not wrestle between 10/25/2010 and 12/25/2010.



2010:

  • Big Show: 6th most matches in 2010 (176);  did not wrestle from 7/18/11 to 10/7/11 (fractured Show's fibula)



2011:

  • Randy Orton: Most matches in 2011 (211); suspended 60 days on May 30 for second violation of company's Substance Abuse and Drug testing Policy
  • John Cena: 2nd most matches in 2011 (202); arm injury - did not wrestle from 9/18/12 to 10/30/12
  • Alberto Del Rio: 3rd most matches in 2011 (199); torn groin muscle - did not wrestle from 
  • The Miz: 5th most matches in 2011 (194); did not wrestle between 5/29/12 and 7/14/12



2012:

  • Sheamus: Most matches in 2012 (220); tore his labrum in August 2013 and missed rest of the year
  • The Big Show: 2nd most matches in 2012 (216); did not wrestle from 5/22/13 to 8/10/13
  • Kofi Kingston: 4th most matches in 2012 (202); elbow injury - did not wrestle from 5/29/13 to 8/4/13
  • Kane: 5th most matches in 2012 (199); only wrestled once between 8/19/13 and 12/25/13 on 10/28/13 RAW


2013: 

  • Daniel Bryan: most matches in 2013 (228); neck injury & did not wrestle after 5/6/14 for the rest of the year
  • Roman Reigns: 6th most matches in 2013 (204); hernia meant did not wrestle between 9/22/14 to 12/15/14
  • Ryback: 7th most matches in 2013 (202); hernia meant Ryback did not wrestle between 8/19/14 and 10/26/14



2014: 

  • Cesaro: most matches in 2014 (214) - rotator cuff injury in November 2015
  • Seth Rollins: 2nd most matches in 2014 (198); ACL/MCL injury on Nov 4, 2015
  • Jey Uso: 6th most matches in 2014 (184); shoulder injury - did not wrestle between 3/30/15 and 11/1/2015
  • Goldust: 7th most matches in 2014 (179); shoulder injury - did not wrestle between 4/19/15 and 11/21/2015



This trend since 2011 may raise some questions for the performers with most matches for 2015 - particularly Ambrose, Reigns, Neville, Cesaro, Big E, Harper and Kofi.

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