Brock Lesnar emerged victorious in a brutal match against The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell on Sunday night, but not without paying a heavy price. Lesnar, the former UFC World Heavyweight Champion, needed as many as nine staples (see tweet below) to close a gash on his head.
During the match, Lesnar was attended to on several occasions by the ringside doctor as a thick stream of blood poured over his face. But Lesnar was seen pushing the doctor away.
According to Bleacher Report, Lesnar was opened up early in the battle that lasted 30 minutes until the ringside doctor stepped in to temporarily stop the bleeding. The website wrote: “In recent years, WWE has made a concerted effort to avoid its Superstars showing blood, largely thanks to its push to PG programming. Blood in matches had long been a fixture in the years prior.”
In a Wrestling Observer Radio report,WWE chairman Vince McMahon “freaked out” when Lesnar was bloodied during the match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The Undertaker, WWE’s greatest-ever legend, also bled later in the deadly match after taking a series of furious bare-knuckle punches from the former UFC fighter.
Lesnar eventually pinned the Undertaker after striking him with a low blow which was followed by his signature finishing move, the F5. The match is being hailed “as the final chapter in their storied rivalry”.
Lesnar had ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania two years ago.