A WWE star has been legitimately injured in an all-in brawl gone wrong, ruining plans for a high-profile title match.
Becky Lynch was set to fight Ronda Rousey in a champion v champion bout at this weekend’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.
But an ‘invasion’ on Monday Night Raw by Lynch tipped the WWE on its head.
Lynch had first attacked Rousey backstage before a brawl was staged to end the show.
It all took a turn when the SmackDown champion was hit by Nia Jax – with serious consequences.
Knocked down by a heavy fist from Jax, Lynch suffered what the WWE now describes as a ‘broken face’ and ‘severe concussion’.
The news came as a shock to wrestling fans.
Lynch had carried on with the brawl as blood poured from her face, and she played up the damage to end the program.
When you’re babbling on about avocados, I’m main-eventing my show AND your show. Did you hear that last night, Ronda? That’s the sound they make when The Man comes around. pic.twitter.com/5JGZJIUhDW
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 13, 2018
However, the 31-year-old Irishwoman is unfit to fight this weekend and has been pulled from her bout with Rousey.
Remarkably, Lynch appeared in character on SmackDown – just 24 hours after suffering the injuries.
Sporting a black eye, she announced Charlotte Flair had been picked to fight Rousey in her place.
— WWE (@WWE) November 14, 2018
“Even with a severe concussion and a broken face I could still kick Ronnie’s ass,” Lynch said in character.
“I’m sorry to everybody that I can’t finish what I started… yet. Because Ronda, you’re not the baddest bitch on the planet, you’re the luckiest.”
UFC star teases shock Rousey-like switch
Flyweight fighter Paige VanZant has caused a stir after teasing a possible move WWE in the future.
The 24-year-old looked a sure-thing to take the UFC by storm a few years ago when she made her professional debut – but following three losses from her last four fights, VanZant could follow in the footsteps of Ronda Rousey.
VanZant is set for a return to the octagon in January 2019, following a 12-month absence after she broke her arm against Jessica-Rose Clark this year.
However, the American fighter has recently revealed to MMA Weekly a meeting with WWE executive Stephanie McMahon – and she seems excited by the prospect of a crossover eventually.
“I’m not ready to leave the UFC just yet,” VanZant told MMA Weekly.
“I also think the WWE is an amazing organisation and it’s a very athletic entertainment industry which would suit me.
“There’s probably huge potential for a crossover down the line and of course I’m a big fan of what they do, so it would be great to be a part of.”