Devon 'Hannibal' Nicholson Banned by World Class Pro Wrestling After Stabbing Referee

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 13, 2021

In this photo taken Nov.12, 2011, a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler performs on a makeshidt wrestling ring in a schoolyard in Mexico City. Independent backyard shows form an underground wrestling circuit for Mexico City's poor who lack the money to buy a 300 pesos ($22) ticket to see a professional wrestling event at one of Mexico City's big arenas. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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Wrestler Devon "Hannibal" Nicholson has been banned by World Class Pro Wrestling after he repeatedly stabbed referee Lando Deltoro with a metal spike during an event over the weekend, per TMZ Sports

After Nicholson defeated Carlito in the staged match between the two, he began fighting with Deltoro, presumably as part of the act. But Nicholson then repeatedly stabbed and scraped Deltoro with a metal spike repeatedly until another wrestler pulled him away, as you can see in the video below [warning: graphic violence]:

The Slop Drop @TheSlopDrop1

I’m not about “Cancel Culture”, but promotions need to STOP booking “Hannibal”, AKA “Blood Hunter”. There’s been numerous accusations of sexual harassment &amp; several incidents of him legit injuring people. He’s a reckless liability that’s all about himself &amp; getting YouTube views. <a href="https://t.co/AfB2hc5LiF">pic.twitter.com/AfB2hc5LiF</a>

Deltoro required multiple sutures for his facial wounds, though he said he was doing OK on Monday: 

Lando Deltoro God’s perfect idiot @Elcucuyfeo

Recovering at home, still a big fuzzy and pain, yes lots of pain. But I’ll live. Thanks you all for out pouring of love and support .<br>I am a firm believer that if you put good out into the world, good will return to you <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/downbutnotout?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#downbutnotout</a> <a href="https://t.co/0bE71rWbtP">pic.twitter.com/0bE71rWbtP</a>

"World Class moving forward will not be associated with Devon Nicholson," World Class Pro Wrestling owner Jerry Bostic said Sunday. "I cannot and will not condone what happened last night."

Nicholson addressed the situation in a YouTube video on Monday, saying Deltoro was hired because he was a "bleeder":

After noting he was given a prop by the World Class Pro Wrestling office, he said he was unaware Deltoro was hurt:

"He gave no indication to me, and you people can watch the footage, zero indication to me in the ring that he wasn't just selling and wasn't legitimately hurt. He never said stop. He never said no.
"...If he had told me he was getting hurt. I would have stopped."

Nicholson said he talked to Deltoro the next day, with the referee saying they were "cool."

In his video message, Nicholson also said that he was the one to end his relationship with World Class Pro Wrestling, sharing an email he sent on Sunday.