Professional wrestling's detractors will always claim that, because of its scripted nature, those who do it for a living are never really putting themselves in serious danger.
Two incidents in the past seven days, however, have proved that couldn't be further than the truth. First, at last weekend's Payback pay-per-view, Enzo Amore was knocked out cold and suffered a serious concussion after a botched move.
That has been followed up this weekend by reports that NXT star Kenneth Crawford suffered a potentially serious injury at a Friday event that required him to be "flown out for medical attention".
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According to SE Scoops and F4WOnline, both of whom had reporters in attendance at the May 7 house show, Crawford was injured after attempting a springboard during a match against Noah Kekoa.
Per F4WOnline's report, Crawford slipped as he attempted to mount the ropes and "fell badly". After being pinned, the match referee quickly called for assistance.
"Trainers tended to Crawford for a few minutes and he was then stretchered out. He was reportedly communicating but not moving his arms or legs. A fan in attendance told F4Wonline.com that Crawford was flown out for medical attention," the report continued.
Below is a picture showing the American prone in the ring with a neck brace on as medical staff address what clearly looked like a scary situation:
The fact that a separate report from another F4WOnline correspondent suggested Crawford was unconscious when being escorted out of the Citrus Springs arena only adds to concern.
Despite the incident having occurred on Friday, there is yet to be any further update on Crawford's condition, either from the wrestler himself or the WWE. Hopefully, as was the case with Amore, the required precautions taken at the time made the injury look more serious than it was.
At this stage, however, any speculation as to exactly what the injury was would be foolish.
The past seven days have certainly been a stern reminder to all those involved in pro wrestling - from fans to the men and women inside the squared circle - just how dangerous it can be.
Fortunately, compared to years gone by, the medical setup surrounding any WWE or NXT event means that stars who suffer injuries can be given expert care almost immediately.
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