David Arquette is a 47-years-old actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter, who’s made quite a name for himself in Hollywood starring in such hits as Scream. His Wikipedia lists he’s also a fashion designer and professional wrestler. Well after his death match, he might be taking the professional wrestler off his resume.
About a week ago, Arquette took part in a professional wrestling death match in Los Angeles. He walked away from the match bloodied and his neck was cut with by a fluorescent glass tube used in the match.
Arquette was hit in the head with the light tube and then shards slit his neck. This happened as his opponent Nick Gage fell. Arquette was obviously stunned and he stood up and held his throat.
He didn’t make it to the end of the match and stormed out of the ring clutching his bleeding neck. Arquette was taken to the hospital to get stitches and get care for his wounds.
In case you don’t know what a death match is (I certainly didn’t) here’s how it works. It’s hardcore wrestling and an anything goes type of brawl, meaning opponents can use foreign objects and weapons.
It gained popularity in the 1960s through 1980s and superstars like The Sheik and Abdullah The Butcher made it more of a household name. Initially, the sport was created as a high-stakes way to end feuds.
Its biggest moment in the spotlight was in the late 1990s in the United States with ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling). WWE returned to their roots to entice younger audiences, and hardcore death matches lost their popularity.
And you might wonder why Arquette was wrestling. He’s a huge fan of professional wrestling. In 2000, he won the WCW World Championship belt while he was promoting the movie Ready to Rumble. WCW was mocked for giving an untrained actor the belt. In 2018, Arquette announced he was returning to wrestling to redeem himself and his name. He got into shape, trained, and in July, he made his debut at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, an independent promo company based out of Los Angeles.
Will we be seeing him in the ring again? He Tweeted that death matches aren’t his thing. He also issued a statement saying he had no idea how brutal the match would be and he was sorry for the negative attention he brought to wrestling. Arquette went on to say he was injured because of his lack of experience. He also said he plans to return to the ring under “much different circumstances”.
This article originally appeared on SB Nation at https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2018/11/20/18104661/david-arquette-death-match-wrestling-explained.
Check out this interview with Arquette about his wrestling comeback: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/david-arquette-on-his-wrestling-comeback-and-how-the-sport-is-not-fake