The Undertaker is one of a very small handful of wrestlers that can say they got injured by, of all things, an anus.
The Undertaker’s career spanned over three decades, and like every wrestler, he’s suffered his fair share of injuries. The most notable one that actually affected his career was when Mabel, a.k.a. Viscera, smashed ‘Taker’s orbital bone and forced Undertaker to wear his Phantom of the Opera mask for a while.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the last time Undertaker suffered a severe injury to that body part.
On May 28th, 2010, The Undertaker wrestled Rey Mysterio in a match to earn a spot in a Fatal-4-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Fatal-4-Way Par-Per-View. It did not go well.
At some point towards the end, Rey Mysterio hit his usual seated senton. But the impact caught Undertaker right in the face and caused serious damage.
Anyone watching the video above can see something unusual: Undertaker reacting to a very real injury and not moving like the usual rigid, zombie-like monster he was.
As it turns out, Undertaker suffered some very serious injuries that required surgery. Speaking on an edition of Hawk vs. Wolf, the Deadman elaborated on how the injury happened and how severe it was.
“The doctor goes, ‘you’ve lost about 50 percent of your orbital floor.’ ‘Excuse me?’ ‘You need to go home and find an ophthalmologist and a surgeon.’ Come to find out, I ended up losing 90% of my orbital floor.
My optic nerve is setting on a jagged piece of bone. If I got hit on the right side of my head again, there is a good chance I would have lost my eye. Took two surgeons, they go in, take out all the bone fragments, and they put in a fake one.”
Additionally, the injury was caused by Rey Mysterio’s “bony ass” hitting his face.
“Rey Mysterio, tiny guy, sweetheart of a guy, he ended up jumping off the top rope, and his ass was supposed to hit me in the chest, but it hit me right in the face. It was a bony ass. Bony ass, right on the bridge of my nose.
He lands, I have all of his weight on my head, I hit the mat and blew out the other one. I broke my nose and I was concussed.
It’s hard being injured by an anus. My nose was broke, I fixed my nose right there, I just squeezed my nose back. The second one, to this day and it’s probably been 15 years, I still have double vision.”
Since WWE, at the time, refused to acknowledge that the Undertaker was human and suffered injuries like everyone else, they had to come up with a storyline reason for why Undertaker was suddenly not around after winning that match with Mysterio.
The story they came up with was that Undertaker had “been found in a vegetative state”, which in turn led to another feud between ‘Taker and Kane, the latter later being revealed to have put ‘Taker in the “vegetative state” in the first place.
h/t Fightful for the transcription