Wade Barrett Needlessly Suffers Dislocated Left Elbow on WWE Raw

Wade Barrett injury

On the February 20, 2012 edition of Raw, WWE wrestler Wade Barrett sustained an injury to his left arm. Today, the WWE is reporting that Barrett has a dislocated left elbow and he will be out of action for at least six to eight weeks. Needless to say, this puts Wade Barrett's involvement in WWE's Wrestlemania in serious jeopardy.

I was watching Raw live Monday night when Wade Barrett's injury took place. When The Big Show threw Dolph Ziggler out the ring, I thought Ziggler would be seriously injured instead of Barrett. Ziggler's head bounced off the WWE announcers table and he appeared to be in real pain. But Barrett is the one who came away injured on Raw.

In the wake of The Miz missing a spot on Raw when R-Truth leaped out the ring and Jesse Sorensen suffering a broken vertebra at a TNA pay-per-view, I wrote an article (linked below among my other wrestling articles) theorizing that it may be time for pro wrestling to ground its high flyers. I guess the WWE didn't get the memo.

My point is that wrestling doesn't need every match to feature an aerial spot to be entertaining. In fact, with so many matches featuring high flyers, they don't have the same effect they did 15 years ago. Personally, I would have enjoyed the Raw main event just as much without Wade Barrett trying to catch Dolph "the human cannonball" Ziggler.

By involving Wade Barrett in an angle with Randy Orton, the WWE clearly had big plans for him. Barrett had been improving recently and probably would have had an important match in the middle of the Wrestlemania card. Of course, Wade Barrett is a young man and with intensive rehab, could miraculously recover in time for Wrestlemania.

Not only is the WWE putting its mat wrestlers like Wade Barrett at risk for insisting they take part in matches with high flyers or become high flyers, they also imperil their own future storylines and angles unnecessarily. I'm sure the WWE has contingency plans in case anyone is injured. But the WWE does not need to take these risks.

Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling organization was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s.Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time is the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper.


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Updated Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012