On Sunday, Beyond Wrestling held a dinner to raise money for the medical expenses of a wrestler who fractured his skull during a match several weeks earlier. According to organization, the fundraiser was moderately successful and garnered close to $1,200 in proceeds.
In September, Atlanta-based wrestler Charade fractured his skull after attempting a high-flying maneuver against his opponent, the Black Baron. Charade was trying to land a double moonsault when he under-rotated the second flip, landing squarely on his head and silencing the once-rowdy crowd at Armory Amore in East Greenwich, R.I., Deadspin notes.
After the incident, Charade received support on Twitter from fans and other wrestlers, including the Black Baron himself.
@charadeforever I was at the show.My prayers go out to you and your speedy and full recovery. Get well,
— TheMysteriousMisterX (@YippeeKaiYayMF) October 1, 2012
— Black Baron (@TheEmpBruh) October 2, 2012
— Gary Cassista (@DarkFalz83) October 2, 2012
More than a week after the match, Charade wrote about what happened in a blog post on his website. He pointed to the pressure both fighters felt to make a name for themselves in their Beyond Wrestling debut as motivation for attempting such a dangerous move.
"Our number 1 goal was too [sic] steal the show," he wrote. "On the outside, this double rotation moonsault is one of the craziest death defying moves in wrestling. To me, it was a big move, but I have no doubt in my mind that I could, and can, do it. But I am a human. And sometimes humans make mistakes. This time it almost happened to be fatal. In the end, just because I could have done it, doesn’t mean it was necessary. It just didn’t need to be done."
Watch Charade's move below. Please do not attempt this at home.
(WARNING: This video may be disturbing to some viewers.)