Matt Hardy was taken to a local hospital after appearing to suffer a head injury following a spot against Sammy Guevara in their singles match on Saturday at AEW All Out in Jacksonville, Florida, per Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com.
Johnson also wrote that Hardy’s hospital visit was a “precautionary measure to have him checked out and possibly get an MRI to evaluate any possible injury.”
AEW CEO Tony Khan said post-event that Hardy passed concussion protocol before going to the hospital, per WrestleZone.
Guevara speared Hardy off an elevated forklift backstage with the intention of them both falling through a table, but Hardy went flying past the table and appeared to hit his head and neck on the concrete below.
The match paused momentarily with Hardy injured. Brent Brookhouse of CBSSports.com had more details:
“Things got extremely weird as Hardy seemed legitimately hurt, unable to stand and repeatedly checked on by the referee before the match was called off moments after it began.
“The cameras followed both men and then Hardy emerged from a door as the match restarted, which seemed a questionable decision at best. Both men then began climbing some scaffolding before Hardy knocked Guevara off with a right hand onto a padded part of the stage for a 10-count finish.”
An announcement on the broadcast stated that AEW’s ringside doctor, Dr. Michael Sampson, let the match continue after Hardy told him he was good to go, per Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet.
AEW later revised the update, per Satin, saying it “misspoke the first time.” The second update stated that Dr. Sampson evaluated Hardy independently and cleared him.
Per WrestleZone, Khan clarified afterward that Hardy did not pressure anyone to continue the match.
Satin also tweeted that the spot was run through twice beforehand, including once with an insured stunt person overseeing.
After the incident, Reby Hardy, a former pro wrestler and valet who is married to Matt Hardy, went on Twitter and expressed her frustrations with how the situation was handled (tweet contains profanity):
Reby Hardy @RebyHardy
Let me be absolutely fucking clear. There is NOTHING entertaining about a concussion. Shame on everyone in that goddamn building. https://t.co/ujdOU9Z60I
Hardy, who has been wrestling professionally since 1992, made his AEW debut in March of this year.