Triple H Tears His Quad
On the May 21st 2001 Raw, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H defended their WWF World Tag Team Titles against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit.
After Steve Austin’s long babyface, or good guy run where he became arguably the most popular wrestler in the history of wrestling, and his several year long feud with Mr. McMahon, he turned heel, aka a bad guy at WrestleMania 17 and joined forces with his rival, Mr. McMahon. As a way to cement him as a heel, he teamed up with another long time rival, and evil heel, Triple H. They quickly became an unstoppable force, and won the World Tag Team Titles from Undertaker and Kane.
During this match against Jericho and Benoit, Jericho put Austin in his finishing move, “The Walls Of Jericho”, which is a Boston Crab. Triple H came from behind Jericho and hit him, but something went wrong when he put his foot on the ground and his quadracep muscle in his leg was torn.
Amazingly, Triple H somehow finished the match. You could tell something was wrong because he was limping heavily. Jericho even put the “Walls of Jericho” on him, on the announcers table outside of the ring. The pain Triple H was in had to be excruciating. After the match, he rolled outside of the ring and clutched his leg.
He would be out of action for 8 months. However, he would return in January and defeat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 18 for the Undisputed Title.