UK wrestler Lionheart suffers broken neck after taking A.J. Styles' finishing move

Mar 2, 2014 - 01:19 PM

UK wrestler Lionheart (a/k/a Adrian McCallum) suffered a broken neck in two places after a botched Styles Clash finishing move during a match with A.J. Styles at Saturday's Preston City Wrestling event. "Words cannot describe the physical and emotional roller coaster of the past 30-plus hours," McCallum wrote. "To update, my neck is broken in 2 places. I have had an MRI and the positive spin is there is no immediate requirement for surgery, although that may change." Follow him online at

Powell's POV: Roderick Strong suffered a neck injury while taking the move at a Ring of Honor event in Nashville. As I said at the time, I think it's time for Styles to come up with a new finisher regardless of whether the move was taken wrong or if Strong's hand simply slipped off and caused the accident. Even if both accidents are not the fault of Styles and could have been avoided, it's just not worth the risk. I'm not pointing fingers at Styles, but I am saying once again that it's time for him to use a new finisher. There doesn't appear to be any bad feelings from Lionheart, as he also wished Styles a safe trip home and thanked him for "elevating me to look on your level in the biggest match of my career." He also went on to thank the fans for all the support he has received in the statement issued on his Twitter page. Here's wishing McCallum the best of luck.

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