The WWE and its top superstars are no strangers to taking flack from critics who argue their business is all fake and bares little resemblance to real fighting.
Just this weekend former superstar CM Punk made that very claim in front of a gathered audience.
He might struggle to convince former peer Sheamus though after a new video was published by the WWE showing the current heel receiving treatment for a gaping wound above his eye - a wound picked up during his recent King of the Ring battle. We have to warn you, the footage is pretty gruesome.
The black and white footage shows the Irish Superstar getting treatment from the WWE doctors backstage after his physical encounter with Dolph Ziggler at King of the Ring Live.
The painful looking gash above Sheamus' right eye reportedly required four stitches but it is the way the attending doctor, in a matter of fact tone, tells the wrestler to expect "a poke and a burn" before inserting the needle into the open wound that will leave many struggling to hold down their dinner.
Insult to injury
The Celtic Warrior is made of stern stuff and this is far from the first time that he will have had to undergo some hasty repairs after a tough night in the ring. That doesn't make the process any less painful though, and it won't have been made easier by the events that were unfolding as Sheamus was treated.
With King of the Ring continuing just moments away, the video footage captures audio of WWE commentators describing how Sheamus was defeated earlier in proceedings against Neville.
Indeed, it was in the aftermath of their fight, when Sheamus grappled with Dolph Ziggler after the latter's distraction tactics cost him the match, that Sheamus sustained the bloody wound.
Talk about adding insult to injury!
Despite crashing out of King of the Ring and picking up a nasty injury in the process, Sheamus' return to the WWE scene has been something of a success.
Returning as a heel, the Irish Superstar has relished the opportunity to play the bad guy once again. Video of him receiving medical attention isn't likely to stop him in his tracks either - if anything, it just makes him look even tougher.
What do you think WWE fans? Is it unfair WWE gets slammed for being fake when videos like this show the truth? Have your say in the comments section below...
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