Luke Harper needs staples in gruesome injury

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WWE star Luke Harper needed five staples in the side of his head to close a gaping wound following last night's dramatic showdown with Dolph Ziggler at TLC 2014.

Harper took on Ziggler in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship, in a showdown that opened WWE's final pay-per-view in some style.

Both men put their bodies on the line to impress in Cleveland, in a bruising encounter that proved Harper can cut it at the top level, even in defeat.

Harper nearly breaks arm in one spot

A barnstorming clash saw Harper dominate as the early aggressor, with one particularly powerful powerbomb onto a ladder propped up against the ropes prompting a sickening smile from the estranged Wyatt Family standout.

Ziggler rallied and managed to expose an error from Harper that nearly left him with a broken arm, after diving through the ropes to inflict more pain on his foe.

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Later in the 16-minute match Ziggler slammed the edge of a ladder straight into the side of Harper's head, an injury which required swift treatment from WWE medical staff.

Ziggler went on to claim victory and the IC title thanks to a tremendous late super-kick to Harper off the top of the ladder, but also had a laceration to deal with in the aftermath of a show-stealing match.

A short statement on the WWE's official website confirmed that the blood both men spilled at TLC needed medical attention, with Harper coming off far worse.

The statement read: "Both Dolph Ziggler and Luke Harper were treated for wounds following their Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match.

"Harper received five staples to the side of his head on account of an ugly run-in with the edge of a ladder. Ziggler had a laceration on his head as well, which was treated with skin glue and bandages by WWE’s medical staff."

It remains to be seen how quickly both men return to competitive action, but expect both Harper and Ziggler to be a big feature on Raw and Smackdown as they look to keep building big momentum heading into the Royal Rumble.

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