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As far as the overall course of wrestling, there are two correct answers:

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Magnum TA's car accident in 1986.
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Shawn Micheals losing his smile ahead of Wrestlemania 13, which lead to the Hart/Austin Double turn.
Magnum's career-ending injuries singlehandedly, in my mind, changed the course of Crockett, which eventually leads to WCW, the Monday Night Wars, et cetera et cetera. Its importance cannot be overstated.

The same goes for Michaels' (ironically, likely fake) "injury" in early 1997, which leads to Austin's fantastically successful face turn, which leads to WWE turning its business around, and off we go.

I actually don't think Austin's neck injury is nearly as important as those two, because I don't think much changes as far as wrestling's overall history. If Owen doesn't injure Austin, Austin continues on and wins the title anyway, WWE wins the war anyway, WCW disappears anyway, and eventually Austin retires since he was battling a bunch of other injuries anyway, and we end up roughly in the same place.

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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

Daniel Bryan's retirement is undeniably a game changer. Austin walking out of the company instead of facing Lesnar? Goldberg kicking Bret Hart in the head? Not really an injury, but Benoit's death changed a huge story line at the time (Vince's death). I'm having trouble coming up with something that hasn't been said already.
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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

Stone colds neck injury. I believe thats why he started doing way more promos and had the feud with Vince. If it werent for that history would be very different
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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

Im with the guys that already mentioned the Magnum TA car crash. Magnum would have been a HUGE star, most likely defeating Flair and reigning as NWA champion for quite awhile.
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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

If I remember correctly Triple H was suppose to win that KotR tournament until the curtain call happened and it was switched to Austin winning it? So without that there would be no Austin 3:16 and I think plans changing counts as cancellation
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Magnum's career-ending injuries singlehandedly, in my mind, changed the course of Crockett, which eventually leads to WCW, the Monday Night Wars, et cetera et cetera. Its importance cannot be overstated.

The same goes for Michaels' (ironically, likely fake) "injury" in early 1997, which leads to Austin's fantastically successful face turn, which leads to WWE turning its business around, and off we go.

I actually don't think Austin's neck injury is nearly as important as those two, because I don't think much changes as far as wrestling's overall history. If Owen doesn't injure Austin, Austin continues on and wins the title anyway, WWE wins the war anyway, WCW disappears anyway, and eventually Austin retires since he was battling a bunch of other injuries anyway, and we end up roughly in the same place.
Great call about Austin. Things likely remain the relatively the same without the neck injury except: Austin incorporates more of his wrestling ability for late 1997 thru 2000 and doesn't have to lean on his brawl style, We get the triple threat match between Austin/Rock/HHH in 1999, Mania 2000 is likely Face Rock vs Heel Austin or Austin, and Mania X-7's main event could be changed but other than those things off the top of my head we are likely still we're we are at today in terms of everyone's legacy, except with a few more awesome moments.

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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

Totally Ludvig Borga's.
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Re: What injury or cancelled match dramatically changed history the most?

Imagine Goldberg never kicks Bret's head off and he returns to WWF as the leader of the Invasion looking for his revenge.




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Imagine Goldberg never kicks Bret's head off and he returns to WWF as the leader of the Invasion looking for his revenge.

Haha, nah, Bret would have just sat out his WCW contract and not been involved in The Invasion debacle, wounds from the Screwjob and Owen tragedy were still fresh by the time WCW went under.
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