WRESTLING fans were shocked on Sunday as WWE Champion AJ Styles suffered a gruesome gash to his face while defending his title.
The Phenomenal One took on Shinsuke Nakamura at the Backlash pay-per-view in what proved to be a ferocious no disqualification encounter.
WWE Champion AJ Styles suffered a gruesome injury after an accident in his title defence at Backlash
But an accident in the encounter left Styles with blood pouring from his cheek after a spot went wrong.
Nakamura was stood in the corner waiting to hit the champ with a Kinshasa - a brutal knee to the face.
However, Styles had other ideas and flung a chair towards his foe as the challenger raced towards him.
The steel hit the spot right on Japanese superstars leg.
But the impact caused the chair to bounce straight back to whack AJ in the face.
The force cut his left cheek wide open as the cameras struggled to hide the damage of the wound.
Amazingly, Styles was able to continue competing as the pair put on a spectacular bout.
And he even managed to walk out with the strap after the bout was deemed a No Contest when neither man was able to answer the referee's ten count after hitting each other with a low blow.