No need for razorblades at Armageddon
TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun
Wrestling fans tend to have strong stomachs when it comes to blood.
But when the bleeding is clearly not in the script, the reaction is completely different, as was the case at the Armageddon pay-per-view two weeks ago.
It happened as a quartet of WWE tag teams were tearing the house down in an impromptu ladder match.
Midway through the bout, the wrestlers set up a planned see-saw spot -- two folded ladders balanced in the middle of the ring, forming a makeshift teeter-totter.
Jeff Hardy was supposed to leap onto the raised end of one ladder, catapulting the other end into the faces of opponents, Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro.
Mercury wasn't positioned to shield the blow and the ladder smashed into his face at full force.
He grasped at his face and rolled out of the ring in visible shock as the TV cameras zoomed in to get a better look.
Mercury slowly stumbled to his feet, as both he and the audience realized his face had actually been smashed open, live on pay-per-view for millions to see.
Mercury's face was quite literally torn down the middle -- the bridge of his nose was shattered and his right eye had swollen shut.
Blood was spilling from multiple cuts and, only seconds after contact, his face was bruised and badly distorted.
Officials rushed to the ring and took Mercury out of the match, while fans looked on in shock and the bout continued.
Mercury required 20 stitches on his nose and cheek, five of them internally. His nose was fractured in four places and severely shattered around the bridge area.
He'll need major plastic surgery to restore his features.
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