Droz vs. D'Lo Brown (partially found unreleased footage of WWF wrestling match; 1999)
Droz takes on D'Lo Brown, a precursor match that would leave Drozdov paralyzed a year later.
Status: Partially Found
Droz vs. D'Lo Brown was a 1999 wrestling match that was originally slated for WWF Smackdown. In the match, Brown incorrectly executed a powerbomb finisher, which injured Droz's neck, ending his career. Most footage of this match is lost.
Events[edit | edit source]
On October 5th, 1999, Darren A. ("Droz") Drozdov wrestled D'Lo Brown in a one on one match during a taping of Smackdown. The match carried on as planned, and in the final seconds of the match, Brown incorrectly executed a powerbomb finishing move. Droz admits that his shirt was loose, so Brown could not get a sufficient grip on Droz to properly perform the finisher.
In any case, all combined 548 pounds of their body weight landed on Droz's head, fracturing two neck vertebrae. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where successful surgery on his neck saved his life, albeit leaving him a permanent quadriplegic. 
Post-injury[edit | edit source]
Droz and Brown reconciled just days after the incident. Both wrestlers understand that it was an accident, and are great friends to this day.
Footage[edit | edit source]
The match was taped in its entirety, but because the venue was WWF Smackdown, the match was taped days before its airing, giving WWF time to edit out inconsistencies (as they had done previously with every Smackdown airing). Because of this, WWF technicians have withheld the footage of the match, deciding not to release it in any format. However, the footage of him being taken out on a stretcher has been seen in WWE's Don't Try This at Home public service announcements.
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- Braden Walker's "Knock Knock" promo (lost original pre-tapes of WWE backstage segment; 2008)
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- Bret Hart-Hulk Hogan photoshoot (lost professional wrestling promotional photos; 1993)
- Bret Hart vs Tom Magee (found untelevised professional wrestling match; 1986)
- Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling (lost early BBC televised professional wrestling matches; 1938-1939; 1946-1947)
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- ECW at E3 2000 (partially found footage of professional wrestling at gaming trade event; 2000)
- The ECW Fire Incident (lost footage of post-hardcore professional wrestling match brawl; 1995)
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- FMW at E3 2000 (partially found footage of professional wrestling at gaming trade event; 2000)
- The Game (partially found Disturbed cover of professional wrestling theme song; mid 2000s)
- GFW Amped (partially found unaired professional wrestling show; 2015)
- Girls Gone Wild: Live from Spring Break (found WWE/Girls Gone Wild crossover special; 2003)
- GLOW (lost unfinished final season of Netflix comedy-drama series; 2019-2020)
- Gotch-Hackenschmidt Match Film (lost world championship match; 1908)
- Gotch-Hackenschmidt Match Film (lost world championship match; 1911)
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- Kerry Von Erich vs Colonel DeBeers (lost footage of professional wrestling match; existence unconfirmed; 1988)
- The Last Battle of Atlanta (found untelevised professional wrestling steel cage match; 1983)
- Lita (partially found training videos of professional wrestler; late 1990s-2000)
- Mitsuharu Misawa (partially lost death footage of professional wrestler; 2009)
- Owen Hart (lost death footage of professional wrestler; 1999)
- "Plane Ride From Hell" (lost photographs of drunk wrestler incidents; 2002)
- Radio WWF (lost professional wrestling radio show; 1993-1994; late 1990s-2000)
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- WCW 2000 (lost work on unfinished PlayStation 2 game; 2000)
- WCW All Nighter (partially lost professional wrestling compilation show; 1994-1995)
- WCW Classics (partially found professional wrestling compilation show; 2000-2001)
- WCW Internet-only Special Events and PPVs (lost audio streams; 1997-1998)
- WCW/nWo Live (lost build of cancelled PlayStation professional wrestling game; 1998)
- WWE 24x7 (lost professional wrestling compilation show; 2007)
- WWE Brawl (lost build of cancelled fighting game based on professional wrestling; 2012)
- WWE SmackDown vs Raw Online (lost build of cancelled online professional wrestling PC game; 2010-2011)
- WWF Attitude (lost professional wrestling recap show; 2001-2002)
- WWF Backlash (non-existent unfinished Nintendo 64 professional wrestling game; 2001)
- WWF Excess (partially found professional wrestling talk show; 2001-2002)
- WWF In Your House 8: Beware Of Dog (partially found untelevised professional wrestling matches; 1996)
- WWF Livewire (partially found professional wrestling recap and talk show; 1996-2001)
- WWF No Mercy (lost Game Boy Color games based on Nintendo 64 wrestling game; 2000)
- WWF Shotgun (partially found July to December season of syndicated wrestling show; 1997)
- WWF Xperience (found pay-per-view event footage; 1996)
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Darren Drozdov Talks WWE Accident that Paralyzed Him 12-16-2014. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Surgery for Paralyzed Wrestler. CBS News. 10-7-1999. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Droz is still not angry at D'Lo Brown for paralyzing him. From Give Me Sport. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
- Droz and Owen Hart tapes inside the walls of the WWE Video Library vaults. 05-23-2013. Retrieved May 2, 2015.