How many times have you watched a professional wrestling match and thought, "that CANNOT be safe"? Well, most of the time those moves really are safe, believe it or not. After years of training, the performers in the ring know exactly how to execute each move to only look devastating, while making sure that both the inflictor and receiver walk away with all their bones and limbs intact. However, in the long history of pro-wrestling and, more specifically, the WWE itself, there are a few moves that have popped up that really aren’t safe at all. These moves can have a high-risk of real injury due to the precise timing needed to pull the maneuver off correctly. One forgotten tuck, one split second early or late, one missed cue can have real consequences in these dangerous moves. In this infographic, we show you nine of these banned moves that WWE has forbidden to be performed – tricks that have either been modified to be more safe or are completely banned from the ring itself. From kicks straight to the head to drops right on the head to chairs hit directly to the head, we urge you, don’t try this at home.
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There are many, many more moves out there in the world that, while specifically haven't been nixed by the WWE, are probably not too welcome in a professional ring for an event that plays on network TV for family viewing. A quick trip down the rabbithole on Google and YouTube will take you where you wanna go if you're into that sort of thing! The Royal Rumble is coming up on Sunday, January 29th, this year, so you'll want to be prepared. Check out our infographic on Royal Rumble stats to study up. If you want to want to watch the event looking like a pro-wrestler, we have the WWE costumes for you. But, again, please promise not to try Wings of Love on your baby brother. Please.
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