A U.S. pro wrestling circuit has banned a Canadian wrestler after he stabbed a referee in the head with a spike during a recent show in Texas.
The Canadian-born Devon Nicholson, 39, also known as Blood Hunter, who has used Hannibal in the past, lost his World Class Pro Wrestling match in Irving recently.
Following the loss, Nicholson attacked the referee, Lando Deltoro, and pushed him on the mat. He put a chokehold on the referee and produced a spike. He stabbed his head till he started to bleed.
A female wrestler entered the ring to get Nicholson off Deltoro, who was bleeding excessively. He was later shoved out of the ring
Jerry Bostic, the CEO of World Class Pro Wrestling, issued a statement on Facebook to announce the ban.
The statement read: “World Class, moving forward, will not be associated with Devon Nicholson … in any way, shape, form or fashion. I cannot, will not, condone what happened (Saturday) 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.”
Fans were sad about the bloody ring attack on the defenceless referee.
According to TMZ, Nicholson said the referee was “hired to bleed” with the help of a razor after the match. When he didn’t, the wrestler pulled out the spike.
“What happened, this referee was supposed to bleed from razor blade cuts. I assume he actually cut himself with the razor blades.”
Nicholson said if he had known the referee was really injured and not staging a show, he would have stopped the attack.
“He gave no indication to me … zero indication to me in the ring that he wasn’t just selling and was legitimately hurt.”
Also, Nicholson said he had apologized to Deltoro. “He knows that I didn’t mean to hurt him.”
After he got stitched up, Deltoro made it known he was resting at home and he was still in pain, but he was going to be okay.
He wrote: “Recovering at home, still a big fuzzy and pain, yes lots of pain.
“But I’ll live. Thanks (sic) you all for outpouring of love and support.”