Wrestler breaks a ref’s jaw, quite by accident

A REFEREE suffered a broken jaw after being kicked in the face in a horrific accident during a wrestling bout.

Angel Melian was left dazed, on the ground, after a brutal right foot to his chin. Footage of the dramatic incident showed Angel being floored after closing in on the opponents to get a better look at them grappling. As he stepped away, he realised that one of the wrestlers was about to try to lift his rival and dump him on the sandpit.

The sound of the impact could be heard, clearly, over the noise of the crowd watching the bout, and Angel’s glasses flew off his face before he toppled over, as members of the public gasped in horror.

Rodriguez who accidentally hit the ref, and his opponent, rushed over to help him, along with other sportsmen, before the ref was rushed to hospital and an assistant took over.

The incident happened at an arena in Tenerife’s Santa Ursula, during a series of Canarian Wrestling bouts between the island’s division 1

sides Tijarafe Guanche and Tenerife Shipyards Ravelo.

A journalist covering the event tweeted afterwards: “The footage is brutal. I’ve spoken to Angel and he’s devastated. He’s got a broken jaw and he’s in a lot of pain.

“He told me the outcome could have been a lot worse if he had been hit elsewhere. He’s on painkillers and waiting for the surgeon to have a look at him, to decide when to operate.”

Insurance worker Angel, who lives in Santa Cruz, said in a social media message: “Everyone’s seen it and I’m having a bad time of it. It was just bad luck. A freak accident, but thanks for all your support.”

Canarian Wrestling, Lucha Canaria in Spanish, is the most popular, traditional, local sport in the Canary Islands.

Wrestlers start in the middle of a sand circle called a terrero. The aim is to make the opponent touch the sand with any part of his body except his feet, by throwing them off balance. Two falls are required to win a bout.


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