All Elite Wrestling star Cody Rhodes was taken to hospital after being left bloodied following an unprotected chair shot to the head.
It opened up a considerable gash on the back of his head and, after being helped out of the ring, needed 12 stitches to shut.
After wrestling to an time-limit draw with Darby Allin at Fyter Fest on Saturday evening, Shawn Spears, formerly Tye Dillinger of WWE, stepped into the ring and struck Rhodes over the head with a chair.
AEW’s owner Tony Khan issued a statement after the match and suggested it was a case of bad luck which left the son of Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes incapacitated.
“It’s obviously really regrettable what happened,” stated Khan, per Cageside Seats.
“I don’t know if this is the time to go into detail about what happened but we had taken precautions in this situation, in that specific situation, and a doctor was available.
“Cody does not have a concussion – he has staples – and we’re all very grateful for that.
”All I’m going to say to you guys on it right now, and I will talk about it more in detail, but you could build the safest airplane in the world and if there’s pilot error there’s pilot error. That was not good.”
Head shots with weapons are extinct from virtually all wrestling promotions, with the WWE banning chair shots to the head in January 2010, following an amendment in the Talent Wellness Program.
Several former wrestlers have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), such as Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, Balls Mahoney and more recently Andrew ‘Test’ Martin.
An autopsy on Chris Benoit by neurosurgeons discovered a multitude of concussions was a hugely contributing factor to his double-murder and suicide.
The Canadian’s brain was said to have resembled that of ‘an 85-year-old’s with Alzheimer’s’ according to several doctors. Benoit was one of the only superstars to regularly take chair shots to the back of the head.