Hollywood actor David Arquette was hospitalised after having his face sliced open with a pizza cutter during a fake wrestling match

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  • David Arquette was hospitalised after a staged but bloody wrestling match on Friday.
  • The wrestling match was contested under “hardcore” rules, where combatants can use weapons.
  • Arquette wrestled convicted bank robber Nick Gage, and they smashed light tubes over each other’s heads.
  • But Arquette was cut open and reportedly had to go to hospital.
  • He said he is done with wrestling these “death matches,” but would consider a rematch in the UFC.

David Arquette took part in a staged but bloody hardcore wrestling match on Friday night in Los Angeles.

The former Hollywood actor, renowned for his role as Deputy Dewey Riley in the smash hit movie series “Scream,” began professional wrestling in 2000 and became a champion of World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

Arquette, who was used as comic relief in the WCW storylines, said in 2018 that he wanted to compete on the independent wresting circuit in a bid to silence the most merciless of his internet trolls.

At the weekend, he contested a wildly controversial bout as he collided with convicted bank robber Nick Gage in a “death match” – a staged, professional wrestling bout where referees are only in the ring to count a pin, as combatants can utilise bizarre weapons in a bid to outwit their opponent.

True to hardcore form, Arquette and Gage smashed light tubes over each other’s heads, wrestled in shards of glass, and gave a small group of wrestling fans a night to remember as details of the show trended on Twitter.

Don’t believe us? Arquette’s diamond cutter below sent Gage through a load of light bulbs.

Here’s another Arquette move:

But Arquette did not have everything his own way.

In fact, Arquette’s face was sliced open when Gage seemingly attacked him with a pizza cutter.

Here’s the kind of night Arquette ended up having:

The ring was a complete mess by the end of the fight…

…and so was Arquette’s face.

Cagesideseats.com journalist Marc Raimondi said that Arquette “no-sold” the finish. This means that instead of rolling around in theatrical pain to help “sell” his loss, he instead left the ring clutching his neck and “bleeding from it courtesy of multiple light tubes shattering his head.”

Raimondi reported that Arquette was “covered in glass.” The Sun added that Arquette was “rushed to hospital” in a death match “gone wrong.”

Posting on Twitter the next day, Arquette said: “Turns out death matches aren’t my thing.”

However, he has not been put off combat and even told TMZ that he would be interested in competing against Gage again, providing they fought a rematch in the UFC.

“Definitely the last death match,” Arquette said.

He was then asked if there would definitely be no rematch. “No,” he said. “Not unless it’s in the UFC.”

It is unclear if Arquette, who has no mixed martial arts experience and is 47 years old, was joking. But one thing is for sure – he can take a lot of punishment.

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