Devon “Hannibal” Nicholson may still have to answer to the law for his actions against a referee at a recent independent wrestling event. Nicholson ruthlessly spiked a referee, severing an artery and causing the ref to need surgery, after allegedly going off-script in the ring. Hannibal says he was working, but many wrestlers who were on the show say otherwise.
Fightful reported that while charges weren’t pressed on the night of the show, Nicholson isn’t necessarily off the hook. Sources close to the incident said there’s still a possibility. After Hannibal gouged his head with a spike several times, referee Lando Deltoro was taken straight to the hospital.
“For those asking about why charges weren’t pressed, we’re told that’s still a possibility. In asking those who worked the show, we’re told that Nicholson had personally reached out to Deltoro to set up the spot.”
Clayton Bloodstone, a wrestler who worked the show, went into detail about the incident. There was supposed to be a blading spot in the match, but things got out of hand when Hannibal went into business for himself.
“They planned a blade spot but Hannibal took it MUCH further. I guess the ref’s blade wasn’t working and Hannibal began stabbing him in the head multiple times. The ref went immediately to the hospital. We all thought he was going to die. Many of the guys in the back were very visibly shaken up from it. Hannibal gave zero f*cks. He acted like it wasn’t a big deal. He was in his RV pretty much the whole time before his match. The ref that reffed his match believed he was intoxicated and warned Carlito, who was working Hannibal, to be careful and end the match ASAP.”
Time will tell if charges will be pressed against Devon Nicholson for the incident. For now, it looks like he’s going to have a hard time getting booked. His efforts to save face have thus far not been warmly received by the wrestling community.
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