On this day in Pro Wrestling history in 1999, WWF wrestler Darren Drozdov suffered a career ending injury at a SmackDown taping in Uniondale, New York.
D-Lo Brown was going for a powerbomb on Drozdov but ended up botching it and dropping Drozdov on his head. Drozdov would suffer two fractured disks in his neck as a result of landing on his head, an injury that initally left him a quadriplegic.
After this accident, he became a contributor to WWE’s website and their program “Byte This!”. That match never ever aired and there’s no video of it. Drozdov being taken out on a stretcher became a part of the WWF’s “Don’t Try This At Home” PSA.
Also on this day in 1997, the 1st ever Hell in a Cell match took place at Badd Blood : In Your House, between Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker. Kane made his WWF debut during the match and attacked Undertaker. Prior to this event, Brian Pillman tragically passed away at the age of 35. Vince McMahon acknowledged Pillman’s death during the PPV event.
Below is a shoot interview of D-Lo Brown with Title Match Wrestling, where he talks about this accident: