WWE star Cody Rhodes has been labelled a “damn madman” after competing in a Hell in a Cell match despite suffering a horror pectoral injury just a few days before.
Rhodes, who made his return to WWE from AEW just a few months ago, shocked the wrestling world when he revealed a huge black bruise across two thirds of his torse during a live WWE show overnight.
The 36-year-old, who is nicknamed the American Nightmare, was set to face top WWE star Seth Rollins in the iconic Hell in a Cell match at the show of the same name.
But just a few hours before last night's events, WWE revealed that Rhodes had suffered a horrendously painful injury.
The company tweeted: “@CodyRhodes suffered a partially torn right pectoral tendon during a brawl with @WWERollins this past Monday on #WWERaw.
“While weight training in preparation, the tendon tore completely off the bone.
“However, Rhodes has vowed to still step inside #HIAC tonight.”
And he did – and won, thanks to the use of a sledgehammer.
Despite the incredible bruising, which drew a series of shocked noises from the audience inside Chicago's Allstate Arena, Rhodes managed to put on a decent match against Rollins.
His opponent spent the majority of the match targeting the injured area, which clearly added to the pain Rhodes was feeling.
And Twitter came on in force to support the man.
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Jared Carrabis wrote: “Cody Rhodes is a damn madman for actually working a Hell in a Cell match the same day he tore his damn pec off the bone.
“Holy s**t, dude – this man deserves all the respect.”
And wrestling podcast host JdfromNY tweeted: “Cody Rhodes is absolutely the toughest son of a b***h of all time.
“How he pulled this off is a testament to how much this and US means to him #HIAC.”
Cody made his thoughts on the match clear, too.
He simply tweeted: “For the love of the game.”
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