superstars Austin Theory and Carmelo Hayes both suffered facial injuries on SmackDown as their match was abruptly cancelled.
The Champion and faced off on Friday night’s episode, but the action took a scary turn for both wrestlers after a painful looking fall from the top rope to the mat below.
Midway through the bout, Theory attempted a Fly off the top rope – a move he has hit successfully in the past – but he and Melo both crashed to the ground, landing on their heads and necks.
The referee immediately threw up his hands in the X symbol, which is typically used in professional wrestling to signify a legitimate injury.
Once the official had checked on both stars, he called over a doctor, andout of concern for their wellbeing.
Later in the show, WWE gave fans an update and confirmed both men had been evaluated after the scary incident, and they had suffered ‘facial contusions’
Thankfully, the company noted Theory and Melo were not seriously hurt, and would not be facing any time out of action.
A statement on social media read; ‘UPDATE: Following their match tonight on #SmackDown, @_Theory1 and @Carmelo_WWE were evaluated for injuries. They both suffered face contusions, and will both be okay.’
While the US Champ is yet to comment on the incident, Melo referenced the scary nature of the injury scare as he posted a gif of The Undertaker – also known as the Dead Man during his illustrious WWE career – sitting up in a coffin.
Fans were rocked by what went down on screen, and many feared the worst after seeing such a concerning situation unfold in the ring.
‘Hope you’re okay king,’ wrote X user @316REIGNS, while fellow fan @enfamousmars added: ‘Hope you’re okay man ❤️❤️’
Viewer @tylerduran21 tweeted: ‘Glad you ok goat you had us shook for a min there. that spot was crazy 🙏🏾’
Melo’s nod to The Undertaker comes after he previously revealed how the Phenom during a visit to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
‘He was just so relaxed and broke it down in a way – sometimes you’ll hear the same thing said a different way from somebody else, and it clicks,’ he exclusively told Metro.co.uk.
‘He had told me one or two things that I was like, “Oh shoot! Yeah, that’s pretty much what they’ve been telling me but not like that!” Taker was cool, man, and I’ve seen him a couple times since and he’s always being very cool.’