In what was slated to be the celebrated return of Puerto Rican legend Savio Vega to New York City after 20 years instead ended in tragedy.
In the closing moments of the big champion versus champion showdown on this week’s FUSION (watch), the National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone nearly crippled Savio Vega with a new version of the Nightmare Pendulum.
Hammerstone has since labeled the new version the “Night Terror Pendulum.” The move, similar to the Nightmare Pendulum, adds more torque and more power on the landing creating a devastating impact for the opponent.
In this instance, the added rotation and power resulted in Savio Vega’s legs crushing underneath his own body.
Vega lost movement in his legs and barely avoided a compound fracture of his right lower leg.
The league’s medical team moved in quickly to stabilize Vega as FUSION went off the air. Soon thereafter Vega would be en route to New York Hospital for Special Surgery. An orthopedic surgeon as well as the chief of spine surgery at the hospital diagnosed Vega with a severe stinger.
While the league expects Vega to fully recover, a return to the ring is unknown. As such, Vega remains on the injured reserved list.
League officials are reviewing footage of this new version of the Night Terror Pendulum move with a ruling on the legality of the move forthcoming.
Should the move be banned? Should action be taken against Hammerstone for deliberately attempting to cripple the Caribbean Champion?
MLW.com will have more on this story as it develops.