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Being the lightest man in WWE has its drawbacks. At 150 pounds on a good day, Iím often on the receiving end of some wicked beatings. I spent five years in Extreme Championship Wrestling. ECW developed a cult-like following around violence. Iím often asked which company, ECW or WWE, is rougher. Honestly, Iíd pick WWE as the stiffer company. The Superstars are much larger and better athletes. Furthermore, itís a given that guys turn it up a notch during the 52 live RAWs a year. When you factor in pay-per-views, it makes for a lot of intense matches.

The point of all this is Iím often asked whatís the worst thing Iíve gone through. I hate to single any one move out, so I made Spikeís Top Ten List of worst bumps. I think most will be surprised that some of things that hurt most are not always the ďextremeĒ moves. I often tell people that fans seldom really pick up on the truly painful parts in a match. The little things can hurt much worse than big crowd-pleasing moves. On the other hand, some finishing moves are very painful and dangerous. Anyways, here goes:

10. The first Dudley Death Drop. This one happened in 1996 in the ECW Arena. Bubba and I had tagged for a few months, feuding with D-Von. Bubba decided to join up with D-Von, and they turned on me, beating me with a chair. The first 3-D was not the move you see today. Having never tagged before, Bubba and D-Vonís delivery was a bit different. D-Von lifted me under my legs; at the high point of the lift, Bubba snatched my head and drove me almost vertically upside down on my head. The effect was similar to a piledriver, except I had 380 pounds of Bubba gravity jamming my head and neck. I couldnít turn my head for a week.

9. This was another ECW match, my first singles PPV main event match, Guilty as Charged 2000. Mike Awesome was ECW World Champion, and I was the challenger. Mike stands about 6 foot 5 and weighs 300 pounds of all muscle. During the match, I went for a rolling senton off the apron to the floor. My back hit Mikeís shoulder and I continued to flip over his frame. My right knee hit the metal guardrail at full speed and snapped my PCL tendon. I felt the give, but didnít realize the seriousness of the injury. We finished the match (I got slaughtered), and I even wrestled for another month or two until I couldnít walk any more. I finally broke down to see a doctor, who told me I needed surgery. The doctor replaced my PCL with a cadaverís Achilles heel. Cool, huh? I missed six months of ring time.

8. No. 8 is a special one in my heart. WrestleMania X-Seven was awesome. I had been in WWE for three weeks prior to the event, and suddenly I was thrust in the three-way feud of the Dudleys with Spike, the Hardys with Lita and Edge & Christian with Rhyno at TLC III. Sixty-thousand-plus fans and millions worldwide is pretty intense. The move was Jeff Hardyís Swanton from a ladder onto myself and Rhyno laid out on two tables. Jeffís back and shoulder hit me square in the mouth from about 15 feet up, chipping my front teeth and knocking me loopy. It hurt like hell to eat, but it was worth it!

7. D-Von, D-Von, D-Von. Oh, how my big brother abused me. My debut appearance in ECW was a very rude awakening. Bubba and D-Von were feuding at the time, and I was being welcomed into the ECW family. I found myself in a brawl that took us around and through a rabid ECW Arena. Fans were all around us. During the fight, we were in the back of the arena on the concrete floor. D-Von had his back to me. Of course, I jumped on him from behind. Since we were in a mob of people and D-Von wasnít expecting me to pounce him, his instincts told him a fan had jumped him. With everything he had, he threw me straight down on the ground, jolting the heck out of my spine. Iíll never forget the look on his face when he saw me lying there. All he said was, ďOops! Sorry, Spike!Ē

6. Iíve only been knocked completely unconscious once in my career. Tajiri, the Japanese Buzzsaw, has some of the fastest feet Iíve ever seen. Jim Ross would call them ďeducated feet.Ē He caught me on the jaw with a thrust kick during a three-way dance with Tajiri, Nunzio (Guido in those days) and myself in 1999. All I remember was charging Tajiri in the corner and the next moment (actually about five minutes later) waking up as the only one left in the ring. Tajiri pinned me, and they had gone to the locker room.

5. Brock Lesnar is physically the strongest guy Iíve been in the ring with, and thatís saying a lot. He has such awesome raw power itís really beyond description. In Brockís debut television appearance, he rushed the ring during a match involving Al Snow and Maven. I had come to the ring in an effort to steal a win and the Hardcore Title. Brock had a different idea. I broke a broomstick over his head and he didnít even flinch. The next thing I know, heís power-bombing me three consecutive times. The back of my head hit the canvas with such impact, I was seeing stars on the first one and was on the verge of blacking out after the third one. I had a headache for a long time after that.

4. Rob Van Dam is probably the most gifted athlete Iíve ever seen. Heís flexible, agile, creative and tough as nails. Some of his high-flying moves are as impressive as anything in professional sports today. Anyone who can turn a regular splash from the top rope into one of the most popular finishers in WWE has got my respect. The height and force he comes down with knocks the stuffing out of you. I wrestled Rob many times in ECW, and we usually could turn it up a notch, using chairs and weapons most of the time. One night, we went really over the top and had about 20 chairs all over the ring. After about a half-hour of battling, Rob had me softened up. He went up for the Five-Star Frog Splash in his usual manner. The problem was, I was laid out on all the chairs. My body was uneven, with one half of me on a double stack of chairs and the other half on a single layer. When Rob hit me,, there was nothing to absorb the punishment but me. It felt like my ribs were broken for a week, plus I had a concussion from getting my head squashed on the back of a chair. E-C-Dub!!!

3. Bubba, Bubba, Bubba. Some things run in the family. Like how to beat up Spike. Iíve always enjoyed wrestling Bubba. He knows just how much I can take and pushes me to my limit. Plus, I can hit him with everything I have because heíll never admit that Liíl Spike hurt him. This one happened just a few months ago, when Eric Bischoff and Chief Morley ordered Bubba and D-Von to take out Trish Stratus and myself. All Bubba did was kick and powerbomb me. The speed and force he used was beyond exceptional. He slammed me so quickly that I literally donít remember hitting the canvas. Watching it on TV you can actually see the glaze in my eyes, as I was out on my feet. The jolt left me rattled until the next day. My hands and fingers quivered all night. Brotherly love.

2. Ask anyone in WWE who the toughest guy is, and Iíll bet a dollar you will hear the name Bob Holly as the most common answer. Heís a rugged 275-pound rock of a man. This guy trains all the time. Heís solid as steel and heís just as tough mentally. Just locking up with him feels like lead pipes hitting your body. His finishing move, the Alabama Slam uses the leverage of his opponentsí legs to propel his back and head to the mat, flipping over Bobís body. Bob probably didnít even feel me when he hoisted me up. I donít know if he used his full strength, but he used enough to drive me so hard to the mat I literally couldnít move for a few minutes. The shockwave that went through my spine and skull was astounding. I still flinch when I think about it.

1. So I guess we are at No. 1. Itís fitting that my worst bump should come from the man who really is the heart and soul of WWE. The Undertakerís Decade of Destruction was in no danger of slowing down from my challenge. ĎTaker whipped me good in a hardcore challenge. His Last Ride through a trashcan was enough to pin me. I guess I ticked him off, though, because after the match, he decided to chokeslam me from in the ring to the floor. ĎTaker stands 6 foot 9, and the ring is about four feet above the floor. With me raised in his hand above his head I must have fallen around 12-14 feet to the floor. The area around the ring has a mat with about an inch of padding over concrete. This does not break your fall. I remember being so stunned by the force of the landing that all I could think was, ďThank God Iím alive.Ē It was an honor to wrestle Undertaker, and Iíll always cherish the memory, but Iíd really rather avoid going through that again.





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Man, after reading this, you just know that wrestling locker rooms are full of bullies. There's a bunch of big guys that like to pick on us little guys. It's bloody pathetic.

And don't tell me that Spike likes it. He takes it - Because if he didn't, he'd be out of a job.



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Well wait a minute, where the other wrestlers 'bullies' for 'picking on' Mick Foley, too?

Spike Dudley is one tough mother...he takes more punishment in one match than a floater like Hogan has taken in their whole careers.



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That's a pretty bold statement. I remember Hogan saying something about his first professional match, or maybe it was training. He said the person he was wrestling with got him in an anklelock or something and posted his leg until it broke. Then when he recovered, the same thing happened to his other leg in his return match. I might be wrong, but Hogan has paid his dues despite being a glory hog. Someone please either confirm or refute my statement.



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    Originally posted by Kidbrooklyn
    That's a pretty bold statement. I remember Hogan saying something about his first professional match, or maybe it was training. He said the person he was wrestling with got him in an anklelock or something and posted his leg until it broke. Then when he recovered, the same thing happened to his other leg in his return match. I might be wrong, but Hogan has paid his dues despite being a glory hog. Someone please either confirm or refute my statement.


Actually, I believe I heard Curt Hennig say that about Hogan when he was asked if Hogan was tough enough to be WWF champ, way back in the day. Geeze - I actually think that was in an Aptor mag




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Spike Dudley is the wrestling version of the superball. You need guys like him to make your big guys look good.
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#7 Posted on
    Originally posted by Kidbrooklyn
    That's a pretty bold statement. I remember Hogan saying something about his first professional match, or maybe it was training. He said the person he was wrestling with got him in an anklelock or something and posted his leg until it broke. Then when he recovered, the same thing happened to his other leg in his return match. I might be wrong, but Hogan has paid his dues despite being a glory hog. Someone please either confirm or refute my statement.


In his book, Hogan says that during his initial training under Hiro Matsuda, they broke his leg during his first "match" in the ring, to test his desire to really be in the business. Upon his return weeks later, they tried it again, but Hogan was able to block the move.

He kinda explained that Matsuda and company thought he could be somebody special, and wanted him to be able to defend himself from guys that might shoot on him in other territories to make a name for themselves.

Again, it's from Mr. Bollea's own book, so take it with whatever amount of salt you desire.

EDIT: Getting back to the thread topic, Mr. Spike Dudley...when ECW first came to The Rave in Milwaukee, I remember Mike Awesome just folding Spike in HALF. I think he powerbombed him 3 times or so...most brutal thing I've ever seen in wrestling. Mad props to Spike.

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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by raygun
    Man, after reading this, you just know that wrestling locker rooms are full of bullies. There's a bunch of big guys that like to pick on us little guys. It's bloody pathetic.

    And don't tell me that Spike likes it. He takes it - Because if he didn't, he'd be out of a job.



I didn't read into this that the lockeroom is full of bullies. What I read is that wrestling is more real than we often like to think. Yes, even us smarts/smarks.
And that these guys take absurd risks (and as a result, WWE is right in asking them to tone it down in comparison to ECW style matches..



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#9 Posted on
Let's face it - he would not have a job with the fed if it wasn't for his ability to take an ass-kicking. I wouldn't say his innovative offence would be enough to make him an asset to a wrestling company.



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I didn't expect so many WWE bumbs to be on here, but then again you look at the size difference in the roster. I can't believe the bump where Awsome threw him from the ring through a table on the floor didn't make it.
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#11 Posted on

    Originally posted by raygun
    And don't tell me that Spike likes it. He takes it - Because if he didn't, he'd be out of a job.


If he didn't like it he'd be teaching again.





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A few things. 1) For those of you who left out Matt/Rey, remember this isn't just what we think, it's official, Matt and Rey both won last week setting this up. 2) Rhyno vs. Cena? wouldn't that hurt which ever one loses 3)
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