What's the story?
Mark Briscoe, one half of the record eight-time ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes, suffered a nasty dislocated elbow this past weekend at ROH Global Wars: Pittsburgh. Whilst the injury isn't as bad as it first seemed, it will still keep Briscoe out of action for a short while.
In case you didn't know...
Mark Briscoe may not have reached the singles heights of his brother Jay, but his tag team legacy in Ring of Honor is difficult to top.
The Sensei of Redneck Kung-Fu is a record eight-team tag team champion (alongside his brother), and has been a staple in Ring of Honor since making his in-ring debut at the promotion's second-ever show.
ROH Global Wars took place over the weekend, a run of four shows across different cities showcasing the best of ROH and a number of top New Japan Pro Wrestling performers. A number of championships were on the line at the shows, but it was the post-match Bullet Club shenanigans that routinely made the headlines.
The heart of the matter
Pittsburgh was the second stop on the Global Wars tour, and the show was scheduled to open with a much-anticipated bout between Mark Briscoe and former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Hiromu Takahashi.
The Ticking Time-Bomb was in control in the corner early on, before the Sussex County Chicken rolled out of the ring seemingly of his own accord. The referee quickly moved out to check on him, before immediately calling the match off.
Briscoe spent the night in the hospital before being released and flying back to Delaware. The diagnosis was a nasty dislocated elbow, confirmed by the grisly fan-taken image from the event.
Briscoe was scheduled to team with Jay Lethal and Kenny King in a six-man tag match against Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.) on the last night of the tour.
Briscoe obviously did not appear in that six-man tag team match, with Shane Taylor taking his place in the bout.
Briscoe is expected to miss between eight and 10 weeks of action, although this is yet to be confirmed by anyone close to the Sandy Fork native.
It is easy to forget that professional wrestling is an immensely dangerous profession, and injuries can occur in even the most innocuous of situations. It still isn't entirely clear how Briscoe's elbow managed to dislocate.
Here's wishing Mark Briscoe the speediest of recoveries.