WWE: 12 Shocking Real-Life Incidents Wrestlers Want You To Forget
11. The Great Khali Accidentally Kills A Wrestler
The enormous, pulsating asterisk that needs to be put here before anything else is that this incident was a total accident on Khali's part, and what happened was the fault of trainers negligence. I am not slandering a man who has never been charged with anything, and if I ever speak a negative word about him, it will be for his piss-poor wrestling skills and the fact that he inexplicably still has a contract, but it will not be for this. Moving on! In 2001, Khali was making his break through in America for a promotion called All Pro Wrestling based in California, appearing under his real name Dalip Singh. APW had a brief appearance in the wrestling documentary Beyond The Mat, showing their then-struggling boot camp. As of 2001, however, this was thriving with many recruits and trainees, including one Brian Ong. On May 28th, Ong was training with Khali, despite suffering from a concussion. Rather than instructing him to seek medical attention, the APW trainers marked Ong with a low score for failing to avoid injury and told him to continue. Resuming their training, Brian was flapjacked by Khali twice, where his head struck the mat and worsened his concussion. He was pronounced Dead On Arrival when he made it to hospital. Brian Ong's family later brought a Wrongful Death lawsuit against APW and Khali, eventually making it to court in 2005. Due to APW's recklessness and Khali inadvertently causing Ong's death, the jury voted unanimously in favour of the Ong family, and APW was forced to pay $1.3 million in damages. Khali was never officially charged with manslaughter (involuntary homicide), and the onus of the blame remained with APW. But this is another reason for wrestling being different in this day and age, as too many tragedies have been caused by untreated and unmonitored head injuries.
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