A wrestler’s shocking attack on a referee has landed the official in hospital after the horror scenes were caught on camera by fans.
A wrestling referee is recovering after being stabbed in the head multiple times by a fighter who took things way too far.
At a World Class Pro Wrestling event in Irving, Texas on Saturday, wrestler Devon Nicholson, who’s ring name is “Hannibal”, pinned his opponent and won his match.
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But his celebration left the wrestling world sickened as he attacked the referee.
While clearly more the WWE-style wrestling than the MMA-style, there was nothing fake about what happened next as Hannibal took things way too far.
A video from the event showed the wrestler taking out an iron spike and ramming it into the referee’s head as his face is bloodied by the attack.
The video, posted by MMA and wrestling podcast The Slop Drop, wrote the fighter in question is a “reckless liability that’s all about himself & getting YouTube views”. Hannibal has a YouTube channel with 300,000 subscribers.
Another wrestler eventually came to referee Lando Deltoro’s aid and the referee was hospitalised after the dramatic attack.
He later took to social media to share images of the aftermath of the attack.
He wrote: “Hey guys, I’m OK things went a bit off script but I’ll live. Tore an artery and lost a lot of blood and even got a new haircut. The staff at Parkland were great. Thank you all for reaching out and thank you to the friend to watched over Nik as things went down.
“Now to rest and watch some MCU.”
He also posted on Twitted when he was at home with the scars of the harrowing experience.
“Recovering at home, still a big fuzzy and pain, yes lots of pain. But I’ll live. Thanks you all for out pouring of love and support. I am a firm believer that if you put good out into the world, good will return to you #downbutnotout”.
He also replied to someone who said any performer who stabs another should see authorities alerted.
He admitted the event “went way off the rails”.
World Class Pro Wrestling owner Jerry Bostic released a video message on Sunday and said the promotion would not work Nicholson again.
“World Class moving forward will not be associated with Devon Nicholson in any way, shape, form or fashion,” Bostic said. “I cannot and will not condone what happened last night.
“I didn’t see the actual incident. I didn’t see anything until I came out and Lando was laying on the ground and it was one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen.
“What happened last night is never OK in wrestling — ever. Or in anything to be exact. Someone went into business for themselves and took something to far and could have lost their life because of it.”