David Arquette is best known for his appearances in movies such as “Scream” and “Eight Legged Freaks”, but the ex-husband of “Friends” star Courteney Cox has lately been dabbling in pro wrestling — which, judging by his latest match, is not going all that well for him.
According to TMZ, the 47-year-old actor participated in a “deathmatch” event on Friday night for Game Changer Wrestling, taking on pro wrestler Nick FN Gage.
As video obtained by TMZ illustrates, things got rough for the longtime wrestling fan when Gage smashed a light tube over Arquette’s head, causing him to grab his neck while blood gushes from his wound.
The referee, however, didn’t stop the fight, and Gage continued to pound Arquette, who continues bleeding profusely and winds up getting pinned and losing the match.
After it was it all over, Arquette took to social media to let fans know he was on the mend after getting a few stitches, showing off his tattoo of WWE greats “Macho Man” Randy Savage and manager Miss Elizabeth.
On Monday, Arquette shared a statement on social media, where he explained what happened, and thanked his fans, friends and family for their support.
“I knew it was violent and potentially bloody,” Arquette said of the deathmatch, “but I truly did not know the extent of what I was participating in. However, I take responsibility for putting myself in that situation.”
The actor went on to say that he has been training and competing in wrestling matches on the independent circuit for the past six months, and that the main reason he got injured was due to lack of experience, not because of his opponent or anyone else.
“I also want to apologize to the professional wrestling world for any negative attention this might have brought forth,” he added. “And I have zero plans to be involved in a match like this again.”
Arquette, a former World Championship Wrestling heavyweight titleholder, has been praised by wrestling fans for his dedication to the sport over the past few months, and the deathmatch itself was met with rave reviews until the unfortunate ending.
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