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(Video) Swagger strikes again, injures Barrett during Smackdown

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Wade Barrett, not unlike Dolph Ziggler circa 2013, seemed to be in the midst of a special run. The former bare-knuckle boxer had just won the Intercontinental Championship for the 4th time of his career last month at Extreme Rules. This past Monday night on Raw, he’d also just been announced for the traditional Money in the Bank ladder match for a shot at a the briefcase containing a contract that could be cashed in at any moment. Unfortunately for Barrett, he’d be “Swagger’ed” just 24 hours later.

For Ziggler, it happened just over a month after the most exciting Money in the Bank cash in we’ve ever witnessed. Swagger would concuss Ziggler with a reckless kick (0:28 second marker) to the head during a Smackdown taping.

We were supposed to get a triple threat title match between Ziggler, Del Rio, and Swagger heading into Extreme Rules. Instead, Ziggler would be sidelined, and would take a huge step backward in his career progression upon his return. It hasn’t been until recently that we’ve seen Ziggler get somewhat of a push again. This can certainly be attributed to the concussion he suffered against Swagger, and a second concussion that he would suffer against Ryback earlier this year. Don’t even get me started on Ryback.

For the Barrett injury, fast forward to the 1:55 marker of the video below. It happens on the second slam into the barricade. You can see that Barrett is visibly hurt as grabs his right shoulder and begins screaming. He even taps on Swagger’s boot to inform him not to attempt the Patriot Lock. The referee closest to the action would then cross his arms to make an X to inform the medics on duty that Barrett was in need of attention.

As fans, we can only hope that Barrett will be back soon so he doesn’t lose too much of the momentum he’s worked so hard towards in recent months. As far as Swagger goes, it may be time to discipline his careless brand of wrestling.

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