“Pro wrestling is fake” is one of the most tired talking points in existence based on what the people who step into the ring subject themselves to on a regular basis.
Yes, the outcome of the matches might be predetermined, but there’s only so much you can do to reduce the consequences that come with getting slammed by someone launching themself off of the top rope or plummeting 16 feet through an announcer’s table after getting thrown off of a steel cage.
Pro wrestlers obviously take a number of different steps to reduce the risk of injury, but when you’re in that particular line of work, making the trip to the hospital to tend to the fallout of a move tends to be a matter of “when” as opposed to “if.”
An indie wrestler known as MASADA learned that the hard way thanks to what unfolded during an Xtreme Pro Wrestling deathmatch that was held in California on April 22nd.
While “deathmatch” is a bit of a misnomer, anyone who attends one of those no-holds-barred showdowns in person can usually expect to witness some incredibly over-the-top spectacles and a wide array of props participants use to inflict some gnarly harm on their opponents.
Unfortunately, MASADA literally saw one of his stunts backfire in a match where he blew a cloud of flames at his adversary only to be temporarily engulfed in an inferno he scrambled to extinguish.
You have to be built different to participate in a deathmatch in the first place, and while MASADA was somehow able to finish the contest, TMZ Sports obtained some photos of the first and second-degree burns he was treated for at the hospital.
While he’ll likely be out of commission for a bit as he waits for the damage to heal, he said the fire incident won’t prevent him from stepping back into the ring as soon as he can.