WWE Superstar Heath Slater suffered an injury at a WWE Live Event in Bangor, Maine Saturday night, the company reports.
Slater, who was wrestling a match against Titus O’Neil, developed a cut over his right eye. The match was called off shortly after, declaring O’Neil the winner.
“What we do isn’t ballet,” Slater wrote on Twitter, while sharing a photo of the wound.
What we do isn't Ballet… pic.twitter.com/A6eQ046tXf
— Heath Slater (@HeathSlaterOMRB) July 17, 2016
The wrestler needed 18 stitches to close the rather gruesome gash.
“Heath has a six centimeter laceration above his right eye,” WWE ringside physician Dr. Stephen Daquino told WWE.com. “It was quite open, right down to the bone. He got 18 sutures and hopefully that will close it up.”
There is no word on how long Slater may be kept out of action. Considering WWE’s current standing on the use of “color” (blood) during matches televised or otherwise, company officials may require for the wound to be fully healed before he’s allowed to return to working matches inside the ring.
Slater is currently a member of The Social Outcasts, a stable that features Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. Part of a three-man group, Slater may not be required to miss any time from televised WWE, assuming he’d be capable of taking a role as a non-active sideline character.
The 33-year-old West Virginia native first made his debut with the top wrestling brand in early 2010, making his first appearance on the main roster as part of The Nexus on the June 7 episode of Monday Night Raw.