'This is awful': WrestleMania rocked by devastating unplanned moment

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Rick Boogs, pictured here being carried backstage by medical staff at WrestleMania 38.
Rick Boogs was carried backstage by medical staff in heartbreaking scenes at WrestleMania 38. Images: Twitter

WrestleMania was rocked by heartbreaking scenes on Saturday when Rick Boogs suffered what appeared to be a legitimate injury in the opening match of the wrestling extravaganza.

Boogs was in action with Shinsuke Nakamura in a tag team match against Jey and Jimmy Uso in the first of two nights of WrestleMania 38 in Texas.

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However things went terribly wrong when Boggs appeared to suffer a quad injury after trying to carry both Uso brothers.

While injuries are often scripted in the WWE, this one appeared to be real and the ending of the match was reportedly changed so Boogs could get medical attention.

Nakamura was subsequently pinned and the Usos retained the SmackDown Tag Team titles.

Boogs was then seen being carried out of the ring and up the ramp by medical staff in obvious pain.

Fans and fellow wrestlers sent their condolences to Boogs after the devastating injury on the WWE's biggest stage.

Stone Cold set to return at WrestleMania

WWE fans are holding their breath after reports Hall of Fame legend 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin will return to the ring in his home state of Texas at WrestleMania.

The legendary wrester, who hit the height of his popularity in the trailblazing Attitude Era, hasn't competed in a match for nearly 20 years since his final bout against The Rock at WrestleMania 19 in 2003.

Fightful reported last month that the WWE had approached Stone Cold in an attempt to lure him out of retirement.

While the 57-year-old has made guest appearances for the WWE over the years, he could be apprehensive about returning for an actual match after so long out of the ring.

Wrestling Observer Radio said Kevin Owens had been tipped as his opponent.

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, pictured here at a news conference for the WWE Network in 2014.
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin at a news conference for the WWE Network in 2014. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Owens will reportedly welcome Stone Cold for an edition of ‘The KO Show’, however it remains to be seen if they will actually wrestle.

Hype around the rumours gathered steam when Owens took aim at Texas in an interview.

"Read my lips...I can't stand Texas. I despise Texas and everything about it," Owens said.

Some fans expressed concerns about Stone Cold returning considering his age and the serious neck injury he suffered during his career.

Stone Cold was a six-time WWE champion, helping propel the organisation to new heights thanks to his rivalry with legends such as The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker.

Roman Reigns will main event the two-day WrestleMania card with a match against Brock Lesnar.

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