Child dies after reported WWE move goes wrong

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The re-launch of the reality TV show Tough Enough is a sign of how many people dream about one day being a WWE superstar.

It is the dream of many youngsters worldwide and it often results in the company having to place safety notices deterring young people from imitating what they see on TV.

Recently we have seen the finishing move of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins banned due to the imitation risks.

Whilst the Curb Stomp could be set to make a re-appearance, the safety messages aimed at the audiences of WWE products could be set to increase.

A recent incident has sadly ended in a fatality after a man was attempting to imitate a move he has seen on WWE TV for many years.

A 20-year-old man from New Jersey has informed police that when watching his girlfriend's 18-month-old child, he began doing what he called pro-wrestling manoeuvres on the child.

Naming the Rock's Rock Bottom and the Undertaker's Last Ride in particular, the man called Brandon Hoffman has been taken into custody after the activity ended fatally.

Reportedly delivering a last ride to the child, Hoffman claimed that he was aiming to bring the child down onto the bed but missed and sent the child crashing into the ground.

The child was rushed to hospital but diagnosed with a collapsed lung and possibly broken neck before he sadly passed away.

The WWE have issued a statement regarding the issue and have quite rightly condemned the actions of the man.

"There is no excuse for a 20-year-old grown man to assault an 18-month old child, no matter what," - WWE's statement on the incident

This tragedy has been shared by the entire wrestling community and has only further highlighted the dangers of none professionals trying to emulate the actions of WWE superstars.

Hoffman has been jailed and bail has been set for $150,000 and the company that he has enjoyed watching for several decades have continued to label this incident as deplorable.

"Using a flimsy excuse about emulating a wrestling maneouver does not absolve Brandon Hoffman of this abhorrent crime."

Statement continued

In the WWE's statements after the news was broken, they have heavily condemned the actions of Hoffman which is certainly the correct response.

However the WWE finished their statement by expressing their sincere condolences for the family.

"The death of Bryson Shoemaker is a tragedy, and WWE offers its condolences to the child's mother, Sierra Shoemaker."

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