'Almost broke her neck': WWE fans stunned by Royal Rumble mishap

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, the botched stunt that could have seriously injured Carmella at Royal Rumble.
Viewers thought Carmella had broken her neck in the botched Royal Rumble stunt. Pic: WWE

WWE star Carmella was lucky to walk away unscathed after a scary incident during her SmackDown Women's title match at Royal Rumble.

Carmella - whose real name is Leah Van Dale - once again came out second best in the Women's Championship match against Sasha Banks.

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The 33-year-old was forced to tap as her shot at the blue strap once again ended in disappointment in the Royal Rumble PPV.

However, it was a botched mid-match stunt from Carmella that left viewers fearing for the wrestler's safety.

Banks was outside the ring and with her back turned to Carmella, when the wrestler decided to launch herself towards her opponent.

The American performed an eye-catching ‘suicide dive’ outside the ring but seemed to overshoot the jump and fell awkwardly onto the ground.

Banks - whose nickname is The Boss - threw up her arms to try and cradle Carmella's fall but the 33-year-old slipped through and landed face-first onto the ground.

The Boss could be seen tapping Carmella on the back to make sure she was OK, clearly realising that the stunt had gone horribly wrong.

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The incident was eerily similar to one involving Lita against Trish Stratus that left the former with a broken neck.

Viewers were left shocked by the incident, with an immediate sense of relief sweeping across social media after it emerged that Carmella was not seriously hurt.

Before the title match it was Carmella's racy red outfit that was making headlines, with fans buzzing about her look.

Carmella dazzled viewers with her new in-ring gear which she showed off while drinking a glass of champagne in a WWE promo video.

One fan tweeted: "CARMELLA LOOKS SO GOOD OMG", while another said: "I'm not traditionally a huge Carmella fan in that way, but she looks incredible tonight!"

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