As previously reported by the Inquisitr, TNA wrestler Jeff Hardy suffered a terrible fall during a steel cage match on Friday.
The incident occurred during taping for an episode of Impact Wrestling at the Manhattan Center in New York.
According to TMZ, the injury occurred after Hardy climbed on top of the steel cage during the match. Their sources say that Jeff was supposed to fall to the ground after being knocked from the top of the cage, but that the stunt didn’t go as planned.
Instead of hitting the ground, the TNA star hit the steel steps and was knocked unconscious.
Jeff Hardy was checked out by multiple doctors following his horrific fall and will reportedly have his head scanned by a specialist.
Although the event and mishap seemed pretty authentic to TMZ and concerned TNA Wrestling fans, apparently not everyone believes Jeff Hardy was injured — or that that the fall wasn’t planned.
Over at Uproxx, Brandon Stroud has a couple of theories as to why TNA viewers shouldn’t be too upset about the “alleged” injury to Jeff Hardy.
“TMZ probably doesn’t actually watch Impact, so here are a couple of things to make you feel better.”
“1. It might actually be impossible for someone to accidentally hit the ring steps in TNA. TNA is all about their ring steps spots. They love them. They do ’em all the time. It’s also impossible to plan a spot where you swing out on an open cage door and fall to the floor, but expect to not hit the steps that’d be positioned directly under the door.”
“2. TNA is headed to the UK at the end of the month and Jeff isn’t legally allowed to travel with them, so they have to come up with a reason for Jeff to get ‘injured’ right before they leave. Otherwise, fans in the UK might wonder where he is. ‘He fell off a cage and hurt his brain’ is more fantastic and easier to explain than ‘he can’t wrestle here because crimes.’ [emphasis mine]”
Would TNA Wrestling purposely fake an injury in order to avoid an awkward international situation? It certainly doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility.
However, it’s important to remember that even with all the planning in the world, things can, go very wrong for professional wrestlers. Such was the case for beloved WWE wrestler Owen Hart, who tragically fell to his death in 1999.
With the reality of unintended falls and injuries in mind, do you think TNA Wrestling faked the Jeff Hardy injury or was it a genuine and unfortunate accident?
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