7 of the World’s Worst Wrestling Injuries

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7 of the World’s Worst Wrestling Injuries

Despite being staged, the strangers wrestlers
face are often very real. Today we’ll have a look at 7 of the world’s
worst injuries in professional wrestling history. Number 7: Joey Mercury
To ‘botch’ in professional wrestling means to attempt a scripted move or a scripted line
that ultimately does not come out as planned because of a miscalculation, slip-up or mistake. Most botches are harmless and mainly consist
of a wrestler missing his cue, improperly delivering a line or falling before an opponent’s
move connects. However, there are examples of botches that
have resulted in life-granding injuries and even beth. In late 2006 during WWE’s event Armageddon,
Joey Mercury and his partner John Morrison took part in a creatal-four way tag team match
in which the titles were hung high above the ring and the wrestlers could only reach them
by using ladders. Several ladders had been brought to the ring
towards achieving the goal within the storyline. Near the midway point of the match, however,
Mercury received a legitimate and quite graphic injury. During the bout, Jeff Hardy, one of Mercury’s
opponents, jumped from the ropes on to a ladder that had been place on top of another with
the purpose of creating a type of see-saw which was meant to hit Mercury and his partner. Unfortunately, Mercury took a direct hit and
blend started to gush out of his face. His nose and orbital bone were broken and
he would require more than 30 stitches. After a few weeks, Mercury returned to the
ring wearing a protective mask. Number 6: Steve Austin
In 1997, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was one of the WWE’s quickest rising stars that
had achieved a massive following due to his rebel persona. Although his popularity would continue to
grow, his career would forever be plagued by an injury he sustained during an Intercontinental
Title match against Owen Hart at Summerslam 1997. Near the end of the match Hart performed a
piledriver on Austin, which is a sit-down, upside down slam. However, Austin’s head was much lower than
it should have been in order for his neck to be protected. When Hart dropped him, Austin’s head and
neck were jammed hard into the ground and he was immediately unable to move his shoulder
and neck muscles. He struggled through the pain to complete
the match’s predetermined finale and even though the fans saw him get the win, the resulting
broken neck would take him out of the circuit for three months. The recurring effects of the injury would
require surgical intervention in 1999 and Austin was unable to compete for 10 months. He had to change his finding style so that
he would not endanger his neck and spinal cord and ultimately retired in 2003. Number 5: Shawn Michaels
While competing in a 1998 Royal Rumble match, Shawn Michaels, who was at the height of his
career at the time, sustained a back injury that would cost him four years of his career. The accident took place during a ‘casket
match’ between Michaels and the Undertaker. The objective of the fight was for one wrestler
to put the other in a casket and close the lid. In order for the wrestlers to complete the
scenario, a ‘casket’ had been placed ringside. After performing a reverse jump from the ring,
Michaels landed with his back on the edge of the casket. He did not realize it at the time, but the
injury resulted in one shattered and two herniated disks in his back. Many people, including Micheals himself believed
that he would not wrestle again. Even though he missed four years of his prime,
Michaels made a recovery and returned to the ring at Summerslam in 2002. Number 4: Darren Drozdov
During a 1999 match against D’ Lo Brown, Darren Drozdov sustained one of the most severe
injuries in professional wrestling history. When Brown performed the running powerbomb,
his signature move, on Drozdov, he was unable to get a proper grip on him, because the latter
was wearing a loose shirt during the match. Drozdov also failed to acute a proper jump
to assist Brown in the lift leading up to the powerbomb. Drozdov landed on his head and fractured two
disks in his neck. He was taken out on a stretcher and, despite
the extensive medical care and the efforts to reduce the swelling in his spine, the injury
left him a quadriplegic, with essentially no mobility below the neck. Drozdov never blamed Brown for the tragic
end to his career and always expressed his belief that it had been an unfortunate accident. The injury took place during a WWE Smackdown!
taping and not before a live audience, and the match was never aired. Drozdov was ultimately able to gain some mobility
in his upper body and continued to work for the WWE as a writer and a columnist. Number 3: Mick Foley
Also known as Cactus Jack, Dude Love or Mankind, wrestler Mick Foley was respected among his
peers and loved by wrestling fans for his physical toughness. Throughout his career Foley would engage in
a number of hardcore matches in which he would go through tables, barbed wire and take multiple
chair dots to the head. During a mid-1998 match against the Undertaker,
Foley’s tendency for always pushing his physical limits almost produced a creatal
outcome. The ‘Hell in a Cell’ match took place
during a WWE King of the Ring event and the competitors faced off in steel cage measuring
15 to 20 feet that had been erected over the ring. The event had no restrictions on the use of
reponds as tables, chairs and even thumbtack were allowed. Before the crowd of roaring fans, Foley, who
was then wrestling under the name Mankind, and the Undertaker took the fight to the top
of the steel cell. Foley was then thrown off the cell and into
the commentators’ table, situated 20 feet below. The fall not only caused him to lose consciousness
but also resulted in him suffering a dislocated shoulder and a collapsed lung. He laid under the broken table debris for
several minutes, before the medical personnel arrived and used a stretcher to carry him
towards an exit point. Mick Foley then proved to the world why the
fans called him ‘The King of Hardcore’. After a 20 foot drop that many believed had
represented the end of his career and had caused one of the commentators to shout out,
‘Good God Almighty! Good God Almighty! That filled him! As God as my witness, he is broken in half!’
a noticeably dazed Mick Foley got up from the stretcher with a smile on his face and
rushed towards the ring. Foley and the Undertaker quickly scaled the
cell once more and they continued to fight on top of it. This time the Undertaker had also brought
a chair with the intention of using it against Foley. He then performed a joke slam that sent Foley
down 15 feet through the top of the cell and onto the hard mat. Neither of the two wrestlers had expected
the cell’s roof panel to collapse and in a later interview, the Undertaker said that
he believed the second fall had filled Foley. Many of those watching the ‘Hell in the
Cell’ match believed the same and the commentators urged for the match to be stopped. The footage then showed the King of Hardcore
smiling through his greeding mouth and a lose tooth dangling from his nose. As he fell through the top of the cell, the
chair fell with him, landed on his face and dislocated his jaw. Even after the horrific drop, the match, that
many still consider to be among the most brutal in wrestling history, continued. Foley was later slammed by the Undertaker
into hundreds of thumbtacks, which he himself had previously strewn onto the ring canvas. Foley ultimately lost the match but both wrestlers
received a standing ovation at the end. Afterwards, Foley admitted that he could not
remember most of the match. The 1998 bout was not, however, Foley’s
first brush with Beth or this figure ment. In a 1999 ‘I Quit’ match for the WWE belt,
Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock, hit Foley 10 times in the head with a metal chair
in front of his wife and children who were present ringside. Aside from a massive gash on his head and
a blended face, the strikes also left Foley with several concussions. While on the WCW Tour in 1994, Mick Foley
sustained one of his most famous injuries. He was wrestling in Munich, Germany under
the name Cactus Jack in a match against Vader, his long-standing rival. Foley got his head caught between the first
and second rope in a move called the Hangman that would make it look as if he was joking. Unfortunately, the ropes were too tight and
as he struggled to free himself Foley severely damaged his right ear. When he returned to the ring and began to
trade blows with Vader, A a large chunk of his ear fell onto the mat. The referee did not speak English and was
unable to tell Foley about what had happened. Instead, he picked up his ear and handed it
to the ring announcer. Number 2: Sid Eudy
Standing at 6 foot 9 and weighing over 300 pounds, Sid Eudy’s constitution meant that
attempting aerial maneuvers would be quite a challenge for him. Unfortunately, during a 2001 match for the
WCW World Heavyweight Championship, his reluctant attempt at acuting a ’big boot’ from
the top of the second turnbuckle resulted in a near career-ending injury. The move consisted of him kicking with one
foot extended while landing on the other. Eudy botched the landing and broke his leg
in half, snapping both the tibia and the fibula. At least one of the bones reportedly broke
through his skin. During the two-hour surgery, a 17-inch rod
was placed in his leg, and for a period of time afterwards, Eudy used a cane to walk. Number 1: Owen Heart
The Beth of Owen Hart inside the ring is often cited as the most heartbreaking moment in
professional wrestling history. It took place during a 1999 WWE event called
‘Over the Edge’. At the time Owen Hart was wrestling under
the ‘Blue Blazer’ persona, an unpopular and buffoonish superhero. The plan was for Hart to be lowered from the
ceiling high above the ring with the use of a harness and grapple line. The harness featured a quick-release mechanism. Hart had performed the stunt a few times before. As soon as he would have reached the level
of the ring, he was supposed to act tangled, release the mechanism and fall flat on his
face in the ring, in keeping with the idea of his buffoonish persona. In a tragic turn of events, the mechanism
was triggered too early, as Hart was being lowered in the ring. One theory is that he had released the mechanism
by accident while trying to get comfortable with both his cape and the harness on. Other theories claimed that the harness was
defective. Hart fell to his Beth from 78 feet. He landed chest-first on the top rope and
was thrown into the ring. Hart received immediate medical attention
and was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The official cause of Beth was internal bleeding
caused by blunt force trauma. The television viewers did not see the accident,
as they were shown a pre-taped vignette during the fall. The same footage was also displayed on the
monitors in the darkened arena. As Hart was receiving medical attention, the
announcer told those watching the live pay-per-view that the accident was real and not part of
a pre-fabricated storyline emphasizing the fact that Hart was seriously injured. The controversy that followed his Beth was
mainly aimed at the poor planning and infamous nature of the stunt, on an allegedly defective
safety harness and on the fact that the WWE continued the event after the creatal incident. Hart’s family sued the WWE and settled the
case for $18 million on the 2nd of November, 2000.


SynapticBoomstick · August 15, 2017 at 1:28 am

Goddamn, Foley. :v

Martial Arts Masters Against Police/Military Brutality · August 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

·Good stuff.

Local Hobo · August 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

Wrestling is the gayest sport there is

Bat Weasel · August 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm


AJ Corps · August 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

fucking stop foley!!!

Gary Maxion · August 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm


Nice try at a coverup.

KillingVash · August 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Much respect for mankind

James HardGOAT · August 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm

i think everyone in the wwe should be here (except brock lesnar) cuz our lord and savior JOHN CENA!!Buried all of them.

Chemathics · August 28, 2017 at 1:05 am

One of the worst injuries would be Tyson Kidd with his neck in 2015. 90% of people died with this type of injury.

Jeffrey Jimenez · August 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Mick Foley sounds badass

SouthwesternEagle · August 30, 2017 at 9:20 pm

My worst-ever injury was 8 years ago when I fell off my Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle XL883 motorcycle while making a turn. I was uninjured, but my bike was badly damaged, which cut me to the bone! :'(
But seriously, my worst injury was losing all of my teeth. I'm 27 and all of my teeth have rotted because a mucoid cyst had to be removed, which also took my salivary glands. That's the worst pain in the world (almost). I have no teeth.

Nice Kitty Kat · August 31, 2017 at 7:29 am

Phsyco sid's injury wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the bookers at WCW

sweet heart · September 4, 2017 at 4:17 am

rip Owen

Ernesto_ Again- · September 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Damn I like that fake broken leg good stuff WWE 🔛🔝

THE SKULLYM · September 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

Scare me skull 😩

Glitter · September 15, 2017 at 2:52 am

Democrats believe "wrastlin" is real.

Luke Aragon · September 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm

My worst innocent. Is when i got attacked by a bear

Lt.Dolphin · October 2, 2017 at 2:16 am

Only white trash kids who play with monstertruck toys and wear camoflage named Travis watch wwe

Adams Victor · October 7, 2017 at 1:30 am

please we need this particular deep voice to record all other videos. The other deep voices are not sweet and interesting as this one. This is also the deep voice that was used to record Notorious African war lords that made it interesting. the new voice that recorded lottery winners who paid the price is boring. Please we this voice, it increases the suspense and excitement

James Dick · October 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

one honorable mention should be Brock Lesnar's botched shooting star press at Wrestlemania 19

JR Hop · October 16, 2017 at 1:26 am

If you say wrestling is fake youre an atheist

King Darius · October 28, 2017 at 2:14 am


Jace Evans · October 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm

Owens death was absolute bullshit. He should be alive to this day right now. Owen played a phenomenal heel (on screen bad guy for those of you that don't know) and was really entertaining to watch. They made him act Like a dumbass and basically made fun of his moral beliefs with the shitty revamp of the Blue Blazer charecter. The harness thing was supposed to make fun of Sting too. I hate that Owen is dead. And I hate how absolutely bullshit his death was

Jackie Robinson · November 13, 2017 at 4:46 am

The most scariest parts of Mick Foley’s Match is just The Undertaker Thinking he killed Foley after the second fall

Roderick Balenda · November 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Life is full of risks.

Roderick Balenda · November 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

RIP, Owen Heart.

SSJ3MJ · November 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Even WCW through out most of the show was honoring Owen.

ejr23 · December 17, 2017 at 11:54 pm

That Hell In A Cell match was off the fucking charts! I was there that night and I myself thought Mick was dead after that 2nd fall. Vince Russo even said he was horrified at the spectacle. Vince Russo even was red hot at Mick when Mick looked up (still dazed) and asked "Was my match better than Shawn's"

Lotus the Rainwing · January 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm

My worst injury is hurting my elbow.

Vengeance · January 4, 2018 at 1:58 am

Im glad owen heart died because he broke stone colds neck

Aaron Rainge · January 11, 2018 at 3:42 pm

I think Mick said he wasn't smiling, his dislocated jaw made it look like he was.

Aaron Rainge · January 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm

What about the wrestler that died in the match against Rey Mysterio or how brutal New Jack is, or the wrestler who got brutally beaten by Perry Saturn, then there's the wrestler who stabbed Bruiser Brody.

Gianni Hi · January 14, 2018 at 12:34 am

Vader is

leonid Ivanov · January 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Good god almighty good god almighty he's broken in half classic jr 😂

Dill isive · January 25, 2018 at 7:04 am

I was there when Owen Hart Passed. I cried my eyes out.

p4le b · February 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm

its real

Trigger Warning · February 17, 2018 at 12:06 am

All hail McFoley!

Herman Booger · February 28, 2018 at 12:44 am

Some of these I have on DVD I have Over the Edge 1999 Owen Hart death on Vhs haven't watched it since

Colt Walls · March 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Actually the ropes in the Munich fight were lined with barbed wire, which is why his ear was severed

Srinivas Yiyyuni · March 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm

I don't know how mike foley survives … he is a bad ass I have ever seen in WWE

Money Was Made Money Was Lost · March 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

Could have made this video better by, explaining the injurys effects on the human body.

Black Screen · March 12, 2018 at 1:23 am

Mick Foley is hardcore enough said.

Andy Pazdioch · May 16, 2018 at 4:30 am

Good ol jr

Yoshi · May 28, 2018 at 9:48 pm

I'll never forget that Hell in a Cell match in Pittsburgh. My buddy went. He said that everyone thought Foley was going to die that night. I should have went that night, and regret not being there in person.

T.R. Luxx13 · June 3, 2018 at 6:00 am

During this entire video, instead of focusing on the types of injuries each wrestler recieved. I kept thinking about how each person got their wrestling name, like what's their story behind the names…

Huge Disappointment · June 16, 2018 at 7:21 pm

And they say wrestling is fake

Super Trooper · June 24, 2018 at 7:27 am

Can you do worst injury in the Olympics

Martin Gamer · June 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Mick Foley is one of the toughest human beings to ever live.

DJCandyManMike · June 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm

No offense to any of the entrants on this list, but Sabu deserves to be in it.

Hdot l · June 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Joey Mercury's partner was NOT Jon Morrison it was Johnny nitro, although a simple mistake, it makes me wonder how many other things you people got wrong. Cause that's definitely wrong and it was easy ass research. Another correction droz didn't continue to work for wwe after his injury and Sid eudy is really, Sid Justice, Sid vicious or psycho Sid not no Sid eudy.

Willie Martinez · June 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm

R.i.p. Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Vader, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, Owen Hart

niceguy60 · July 8, 2018 at 4:05 am

Austin paid Owen back with interest
Mick Foley paid Vader back with interest

Lawrence Morris · July 16, 2018 at 10:42 pm

That Foley guy has to be some type of Russian-african soldier genes

Robbie Dehora · July 26, 2018 at 7:08 pm

This prick has footage of nothing

Willie Martinez · July 30, 2018 at 1:31 am

R.I.P. Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero, Chyna

Zack Kaiser · August 8, 2018 at 6:26 am

The thing about Owen is he didnt want to do it, he was scared of heights but someone Im guessing Vince Russo told him do it or else. Ever since the fans want him in the hall of fame but his widow has said hell no. While I understand her anger and hurt i gotta think let your husband be honored for his accomplishments.

CosmicSpaceBunny · August 10, 2018 at 4:37 am

All I can is "JESUS CHRIST, FOLEY." because damn, that dude doesn't know when to stop. lol

John Reeves · August 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

What is really messed up is that children are watching this too. WWE style wrestling maybe for show, but the injuries are real and they promote the toys and stuff to kids. I mean inappropriate language and sexual gestures and these horrific accidents and deaths happen on this show so idk why toy companies and merchandise based on this are aimed at kids. I mean how does the USA get away with that is beyond me. I mean in the 90’s we had toys based on R rated movies like, Alien, Predator, Terminator and Robocop. And people thought PG-13 films with toys for kids was bad enough. LOL

MisterJonesification · August 13, 2018 at 4:10 am

Interesting vid.

Xenonmaster 666 · September 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

7:52 not mick Foley’s first that was his first that happened in ‘98 and the rock “I quit Match” happened in ‘99

Monkey Mutant Boss · September 3, 2018 at 11:05 pm

I lost my shit at 2:28

Jamal Petion · September 18, 2018 at 12:21 pm

I like how in the description it said owen heart it should be owen hart

Kould B · September 24, 2018 at 11:00 am

I remember as a kid in 70's Australia. Visiting an ancient great aunt (but now I know she was in her mid 40's). Glued to the TV, watching American wrestling. She would act out the moves in her chair. Jump up & down as her favourite wrestler scored. Yelled at his opponent. Totally engrossed. Father & I thought it was insanely hilarious. Whilst mother thought it was undignified & that she was insane. Bah hahahahahahaha!! 😅 She's long dead now. But if there's a heaven. Then she's up there, right now. Punching the air. With a ring-side view of all her favourite wrestlers keeping her company.

Steven lacy · October 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Its not a cage hell in a cell

Steven lacy · October 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Mick's a badass no doubt

Sam The leviathan · November 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm

9:45 pun not intended

PAPITOFLOW78 · November 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm


Drey Drey · November 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

"Professional Wrestling"

Shows WWE

Drey Drey · November 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Except mick foley he's freaking immortal

Benjamin dustman official YouTube police · November 27, 2018 at 10:26 pm

And sid was 6'9 315 and he shattered his leg

Danielle Shaw · December 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm

7:44 it was an epic match a standing ovation was the very least they deserved. Mick Foley is a seriously tough s.o.b.

That Looney Guy · December 21, 2018 at 6:05 am

Why are most of these from the 90s?

CarbajalQZ · December 27, 2018 at 9:24 am

All of them are WWE/WWF except for #2 which is WCW

michael mede · January 8, 2019 at 10:12 am

R.I.P Owen Hart

Anaray Yang · January 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

ok, wtf is wrong with our country? I never paid any mind t wrestling, and now I know that THIS is what peopel freaking do, brutally beating eachother….


Captain Lubega · January 31, 2019 at 9:36 am

why HIV virse was made

Alan Binder · February 17, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Droz’s injury did happen during a live pre-taping of the Premiere episode of Smackdown at Nassau Coliseum. I took my 13 yr old son and his best friend to it. The friend’s dad was a cameramen for a major network’s news and they were interviewed about it after school the following day. Me? I ran out to the concession stand not realizing what had happened.

Carlos Garcia · February 20, 2019 at 3:58 am

Mick Foley is a undeniable hardcore legend

Zerina Pajic · March 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Aladin 😊☺❤

Yoshi · March 11, 2019 at 5:33 am

My friend was at that Hell in a Cell match. I wish I went too. Amazing match.

Roy Lessa · April 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Mick Foley fuck outta here you ain’t no legend you’re crazy as fuck people like you don’t care about their lives 🤨

Kari Solomon · April 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

Jesus Christ, Mick Foley is a beast.

YouthxSuicide · May 5, 2019 at 6:12 pm

As much as I think wrestling is cringe as hell. I still got respect for it. These guys actually can have some serious shit happen

Mary Walker · May 8, 2019 at 11:10 pm

Why do the majority involve Undertaker?

CA GRhay · May 10, 2019 at 6:49 pm

He used "staged" instead of fake

Thank you very much

CA GRhay · May 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

Why do i already know all of this?

watchgoose · May 12, 2019 at 3:35 am

can't fracture a disc. You can herniate them, rupture them, and bulge them, but not fracture them.

Mike Kenney · May 15, 2019 at 5:55 pm

I've watched Wrestling for 30 years and I have never heard Sid called Sid Eudy….

The Proxima Centauri Studies · May 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

New Jack stabbed a fan that wanted to wrestle with him, not planned but worthy of being here.

ce grant · May 26, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Rest in the good news

nalla miller · May 29, 2019 at 5:26 am

Mick Foley…

what a badass!

HoneyBunny WaffleMonkey · May 29, 2019 at 6:33 pm

10:56 he says "the viewers didn't see the accident" but incident it written below the picture instead. Just annoyed me. Should have been corrected.

Concrete Head · May 31, 2019 at 6:53 pm

Intro.. too many spooky tablets. Serious low voice , spooky piano and men in stretchy pants. 🙄. 😂.
Half the moves sound like hardcore bowl discharge the other like the remedy.
More spooky piano… grief, this is pants, although normal pants , not those weird stretchy panties. Nachoooooo!

Aaron Jimenez · June 1, 2019 at 7:00 am

I remember as a kid watching mick Foley in almost all his matches he's a true legend back when he was the tag team champion with kane, I cannot bare to rewatch his wcw matches and hell in the cell match with the undertaker its just too heartbreaking 😢

Ryan Pesch · June 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Now tell me that wrestling is all fake.

CrazyAztekX3 · June 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Best episode ever!

justabelfast girl · June 28, 2019 at 9:57 am

I will never forget that Hell in a Cell. I was 10 and it was the first time in my life I ever cried over something on TV. I genuinely couldn't believe how badly injured Mick Foley was and when Jim shouted about him being dead I genuinely thought Mick was.

Prestige Shogun · June 28, 2019 at 2:29 pm

John Cena when Batista broke his neck?

buff boy · July 22, 2019 at 9:08 am

I hate the intro it scares the hell out of me

Prestige Shogun · August 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Here is one you could have put.
John Cena

In a SummerSlam PPV match for the World Heavyweight Championship, the accident took place between John Cena and Batista. John apparently had went for the leg drop from the top rope when Batista caught him in mid with a Batista Bomb his signature move. Reporters say John had apparently broken his neck and somehow he ultimately won the match and is still wrestling today as a part timer.

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