Hollywood actor, director and producer (and former WCW World Champion) David Arquette has been back in the wrestling game for about six months now, training hard and working various indie events all around the country. This past weekend, he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
Last Friday night Arquette competed in the main event of the GCW promotion’s Joey Janela’s LA Confidential event in Los Angeles, as a replacement for the injured Joey Ryan. His opponent? Hardcore death match king Nick Gage…
Arquette was understandably beaten bloody in the bout, including shots from all kinds of weapons and a highly controversial moment where Gage shattered a light tube over his head. During the incident the Scream star was sliced in the neck, resulting in an awkward moment where it appeared that he was “shooting” on his opponent briefly.
The 47-year-old actor was taken to the hospital immediately following the bout, and has released the following statement via social media claiming that his injuries in the match were a result of his own inexperience.
“As some of you might have seen, last week I was injured in a wrestling death match. I wanted to make sure to address the photos and videos that have surfaced from the event, as this is not the type of wrestling you watch on TV. I knew it was violent and potentially bloody, but I truly did not know the extent of what I was participating in. However, I take responsibility for putting myself in that situation.”
“For the last six months I have been training and competing in indie matches around the country, as wrestling is a passion of mine. I want to state again that this is not traditional wrestling, and I have the utmost respect for that sport. I also want to apologize to the professional wrestling world for any negative attention this might have brought forth over the weekend, and I have zero plans to be involved in a match like this again.”
“I want to thank all of my fans, friends, and family for their love and support over the last few days. I am looking forward to getting back into the ring, under much different circumstances – in the near future. However my priority and full-time dedication will always be to acting and producing, and I look forward to sharing some of my exciting new projects in 2019. With Love, David Arquette.”
The main reason I got injured was because of my lack of experience – don’t try this at home pic.twitter.com/icQK2wnQNc
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) November 19, 2018