Former WCW Tag, Cruiserweight, and World Television Champion, Alex Wright, has brought attention to the unfortunate injury suffered by WWE Hall of Famer, The British Bulldog during their tag team match at the 1998 Fall Brawl.
In an interview with Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Wright placed the blame on the WCW office, claiming that the wrestlers were unaware of a trap door that had been installed in the ring. This trap door was originally intended for The Ultimate Warrior’s dramatic entrance later in the evening.
Due to the lack of communication, both Wright and Smith continued to perform moves in that area of the ring, resulting in Smith sustaining a spinal infection that nearly left him paralysed. Smith’s condition was so severe that he had to be hospitalised for six months.
Wright expressed his frustration, stating that nobody informed them about the trap door, leading to the dangerous incident.
I cannot recall anybody telling us that there was a trap door, and that was very bad because he gorilla pressed me and slammed me right on it and I thought I had broken in half. He injured himself in that match.
He criticised the WCW office for their irresponsibility in failing to disclose the hazardous area in the ring.
Very irresponsible of the office not to tell us ‘This area here you shouldn’t take any bumps.’
Is The British Bulldog In The WWE Hall Of Fame?
The British Bulldog was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 ceremony did not take place so the 2020 inductees were inducted alongside the 2021 class.
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