Last night, Brock Lesnar convincingly defeated Randy Orton in the main event of Summerslam, leaving his opponent lying in a puddle of blood after a series of vicious elbows to the head. Orton's head injury required ten staples to close, and many fans were left wondering if the attack was legitimate or a staged event.
Fans weren't the only people left in the dark about Summerslam's ending. A new report from the Wrestling Observer, a respected wrestling publication, claims that WWE Superstar Chris Jericho confronted Lesnar backstage immediately following the attack.
According to the report, Jericho asked backstage officials near the "gorilla position", the entranceway to the WWE ramp, about whether Orton was legitimately injured or if it was a "work" (aka staged). When Jericho voiced his general displeasure about the match's ending, he attracted the attention of Lesnar, who had recently walked backstage. Lesnar called Jericho a derogatory term, which led to Jericho shoving Lesnar up against a wall.
After more words were exchanged, Paul "Triple H" Levesque jumped between them to break the argument up. A short while later, Lesnar and Jericho began shouting at each other again, until Vince McMahon intervened and told Jericho that the ending was staged. Jericho also allegedly voiced his displeasure to Orton for agreeing to risking such a serious injury.
The Orton injury was shocking in part due to the WWE's shift away from showing blood on its programming. While wrestlers deliberately cutting themselves (a practice known as blading) was once commonplace in the WWE and elsewhere, the WWE has moved away from the practice due to the medical concerns and to promote a more "PG" brand.
The Orton/Lesnar finish wasn't the only controversy at Summerslam. Finn Balor injured his shoulder during a match with Seth Rollins and will require surgery that will sideline him for a minimum of six months. It's also rumored that Sasha Banks is also injured, forcing a change in plans for the Women's Division.
ComicBook.com will keep you updated on whether either Jericho or Lesnar face any consequences from their backstage confrontation.